New Testing Option: Test Iowa pick-up site and daily courier to State Hygienic Lab

September 21, 2021

Dear Grinnellians,

I write today to share information on additional testing options now available to our community. The College has been approved as a Test Iowa home PCR kit pick-up site for our students, employees, preschool families, and household members. These tests are available for free to Iowa residents for home/residence hall delivery from the Iowa Department of Public Health Test Iowa (see below for how to request test kits). The College is also ordering kits and we are happy to be able to provide a back-up option for those wishing to test.

I am also pleased to announce that Facilities Management has arranged a courier to transport kits to the State Hygienic Lab in Coralville Monday through Saturday. This service will greatly reduce the turnaround time for test results and make PCR tests a more convenient and timely option for our campus community. The secure drop box will be available starting 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the JRC Information Desk. The first courier pick-up will be Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. then weekdays at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. thereafter. The drop box will remain available during regular JRC operating hours going forward.

For information about other forms of testing at the College, please see our on-campus testing protocols. Please contact your health care provider with questions specific to your testing needs or concerns.

To request a kit from the online Test Iowa site (for direct shipment to you) please use the Test Iowa - Request Form.

To request a kit from the College for yourself or members of your household (1 per person):

  • Staff: Contact HR (641-269-4818)
  • Faculty: Contact the Dean’s office (641-269-3100)
  • Students: Visit Student Affairs, 3rd Floor JRC, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Preschool Families: Contact Karen Veerhusen-Langerud ( or 641-269-3320)

Drop box and courier information

Location: Information Desk in the JRC lobby

Courier pick up times:

Monday – Friday 10 a.m.

Saturday* 8 a.m.

Follow the Test Iowa instructions to properly activate the kit, collect your sample, and package your test. Do not write any personal identifying information on the exterior of the shipping envelope. Deposit the sealed envelope in the drop box.

*Note: tests picked up on Saturday are subject to lab capacity and may not begin processing until Monday.

Test results

Grinnell College will not receive or have access to view test results. Test Iowa will notify individuals directly when their test results are available.

If the results are positive, employees should refer to the Faculty and Staff Protocols for Exposure or Contracting COVID-19 for guidance. Students should contact SHAW immediately at 641-269-3230; or after hours call Campus Safety at 641-269-4600 to reach the RLC on call.

Questions may be directed to Heather Cox.

Thank you,

Heather Cox

Director of Emergency Management and Risk Mitigation; Data Privacy Officer

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