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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

Return to Campus

Northwestern University's campus status is updated regularly on the University's COVID-19 website, using a color-coded activity level framework

Now through the end of December, in keeping with Illinois Department of Public Health and Northwestern University guidance, faculty and staff who can effectively work from home, where operations are not impacted, should do so. Feinberg remains open, operating with caution, to ensure that education, research, and clinical operations continue.

This website houses additional details specific to Feinberg and the Chicago campus for faculty, staff, and students. Feinberg returned to campus in a phased manner that supported the reactivation of the on-campus research and educational enterprises while responsibly prioritizing the health of our community. 

A confidential monitored hotline (312-503-3437) is available to allow faculty, staff, and students to report concerns or issues that may need to be addressed by the school; in the spirit of quality improvement, it is hoped that people using the hotline will leave contact information to provide confidential follow-up. Additionally, Feinberg members can email with general questions and concerns. 

General Campus Guidance

Information and resources for all faculty, staff, students, and trainees returning to campus.

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Research Guidance

For investigators, staff, lab teams, cores, trainees, and other critical on-campus employees returning to lab buildings.
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Education Guidance

For educators, faculty, staff, students, trainees, and other education team members returning to the Chicago campus.
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Northwestern Medicine Webinars

Northwestern Medicine has hosted informative webinars on SARS-CoV-2 based on the most up-to-date, trustworthy science. Watch these informative webinars to better understand the virus, its transmission and how you can return to campus safely and responsibly.

Transmission of SARS-CoV2 Testing and PPE Guidelines

Further Information on Returning to Campus

 Can Northwestern University garages provide more flexible parking options?

During the stay-at-home order, discounted daily coupons allowing Northwestern University faculty and staff with Wildcards to park for $11 per day were made available at each garage’s customer service office. Employees may now collect up to 10 coupons at a time, an increase from a maximum of three prior to the COVID-19 crisis. This arrangement will continue during campus reactivation, as long as garage capacity allows. 

 Will additional stops be added to Northwestern's Intercampus Shuttle?

Intercampus Shuttle service is offered principally as a means to transport members of the Northwestern community between the Evanston and Chicago campuses for academic and business purposes, rather than as a commuter benefit. For this reason, Northwestern does not plan to add additional stops.

 Is additional bike parking being added on the Chicago campus?

Feinberg manages an internal bike storage room in SQBRC which has limited spaces available. Contact for information on access. The university-managed bike storage room in the Erie-Ontario garage currently does not have any spaces available. To accommodate expected increased demand, however, outdoor racks have been added under the canopy at 345 E. Superior.

 Can the patch developed by John Rogers be used for monitoring symptoms and for research?

Rogers and his colleagues are trying to determine if they can produce sufficient numbers of the patch to be useful. 

 As a supervisor, what should I do if someone shows up and is sick?

Anyone who exhibits a fever, respiratory illness, cold, or is sick must be sent home, even if symptoms do not appear to be those characteristic of COVID-19.

 How can Feinberg personnel be tested for COVID-19?

Feinberg testing information can be found here

 What is the procedure for minimizing risk in rest rooms?

Facilities will determine and post a capacity for each rest room that accommodates social distancing guidelines and provide. This may involve reducing the number of fixtures that can be used. Custodial staff will increase the frequency of cleaning and ensure adequate supply of hand soap.

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