Coronavirus information for Feinberg.

COVID Testing Information

for Feinberg faculty, staff and students


Feinberg's Positivity Rate is

Last 30 days (9/17 - 10/17)
274 total tests received and 2 new positives in the last 7 days (10/11 to 10/17)


Testing information for Feinberg faculty, staff, and students follows.

Experiencing Symptoms or Confirmed Exposure

If you are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, or have had close contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, and are:

 Clinical faculty and students involved in direct patient care

  • Clinical faculty and students involved in direct patient care should contact the COVID hotline at 312-472-6843 to be routed to NM Corporate Health for testing related to a potential exposure (workplace or other) to COVID-19.  
    • Due to longer-than-normal wait times experienced when calling the COVID-19 Hotline, the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire is now available to help you more quickly receive answers to potential exposure questions. Based on your responses, you may receive the guidance you need to avoid waiting on hold.
  • If your test results come back positive, NM Corporate Health will reach out to walk you through next steps, and a member of Northwestern University’s COVID Response Team will contact you for contact tracing.

 Northwestern University staff who work in clinical research through the NM Access Program

  • Northwestern University staff who work in clinical research through the NM Access Program should contact the COVID hotline at 312-472-6843 to be routed to NM Corporate Health for testing related to a potential exposure (workplace or other) to COVID-19.  
    • Due to longer-than-normal wait times experienced when calling the COVID-19 Hotline, the COVID-19 Hotline Employee Triage Questionnaire is now available to help you more quickly receive answers to potential exposure questions. Based on your responses, you may receive the guidance you need to avoid waiting on hold.
  • If your test results come back positive, NM Corporate Health will reach out to walk you through next steps, and a member of Northwestern University’s COVID Response Team will contact you for contact tracing.

 All faculty and staff not directly involved in patient care

  • If you develop symptoms while at home, you should contact your personal medical provider to arrange for testing. You should not come to a Northwestern University asymptomatic testing site; your personal medical provider will provide you with a designated location for COVID-19 testing. 
  • If you develop symptoms while at work call the NU COVID Response Team at 847-491-8422. The Response Team will discuss your symptoms with you and refer you for a test if one is recommended.

 Graduate and professional students not directly involved in patient care

  • Feinberg (Chicago campus) graduate and professional students not directly involved in patient care who are experiencing symptoms or have had a potential exposure should call the Chicago Health Service at 312-695-8134
  • You may be asked to pre-register for your appointment by following the steps outlined in our registration information.
  • Chicago campus testing will occur by appointment at Northwestern Medicine’s Streeterville Immediate Care Clinic or Lavin Testing Tent. Students experiencing symptoms will not be tested at 345 W. Superior. 
  • If your test results come back positive, a member of Northwestern’s COVID Response Team will reach out to walk you through next steps. 

Asymptomatic Testing Information

Asymptomatic testing protocols for those who are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated follow. 

 All non-clinical Feinberg faculty and all Feinberg staff

Testing remains available at 345 E. Superior St (Chicago) for faculty and staff.  All faculty and staff are welcome to complete Abbott Rapid Antigen tests as frequently as they want. Those who are not fully vaccinated should complete regular testing. 

Please see the details on the Abbott Rapid Antigen Testing website for information about rapid antigen testing and for instructions on how to:
  • Download the Abbott NAVICA app or visit the NAVICA website;
  • Create an account with your Northwestern email address; and
  • Connect to Northwestern via NAVICA to ensure your results are shared with Northwestern for case management and compliance tracking purposes

Once you’ve activated your NAVICA account and connected to NU, you are ready to test. All Abbott rapid antigen testing occurs at the Jacobs Center in Evanston, using the south entrance (Deering Meadow), or 345 E. Superior Street in Chicago. No appointment is needed for rapid antigen testing.

We no longer offer Color testing given the limited need for this type of test. 

More from Northwestern.

 All clinical faculty

  • Clinical faculty will follow the asymptomatic testing protocols as defined by their primary clinical affiliate institution and are not eligible for Northwestern University asymptomatic testing. 

 All students in Feinberg clinical education programs (MD, PT, PA, and MPO)

  • All vaccinated undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies students are not required to participate in recurring asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
  • All unvaccinated undergraduate, graduate and professional studies students are required to take two Abbott rapid antigen tests weekly.
  • Students are welcome to complete additional Abbott rapid antigen tests as frequently as they want. Please see the details on the Abbott Rapid Antigen Testing website for information about rapid antigen testing and for instructions on how to:
    • Download the Abbott NAVICA app or visit the NAVICA website;
    • Create an account with your Northwestern email address; and
    • Connect to Northwestern via NAVICA to ensure your results are shared with Northwestern for case management and compliance tracking purposes
    Once you’ve activated your NAVICA account and connected to NU, you are ready to test. All Abbott rapid antigen testing occurs at the Jacobs Center in Evanston, using the south entrance (Deering Meadow), or 345 E. Superior Street in Chicago. No appointment is needed for rapid antigen testing.
  • More information from Northwestern University

 All students in non-clinical graduate, master's and professional programs

  • All vaccinated undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies students are not required to participate in recurring asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.
  • All unvaccinated undergraduate, graduate and professional studies students are required to take two Abbott rapid antigen tests weekly.
  • Students are welcome to complete additional Abbott rapid antigen tests as frequently as they want. Please see the details on the Abbott Rapid Antigen Testing website for information about rapid antigen testing and for instructions on how to:
    • Download the Abbott NAVICA app or visit the NAVICA website;
    • Create an account with your Northwestern email address; and
    • Connect to Northwestern via NAVICA to ensure your results are shared with Northwestern for case management and compliance tracking purposes
    Once you’ve activated your NAVICA account and connected to NU, you are ready to test. All Abbott rapid antigen testing occurs at the Jacobs Center in Evanston, using the south entrance (Deering Meadow), or 345 E. Superior Street in Chicago. No appointment is needed for rapid antigen testing.
  • More information from Northwestern University

If you believe you have been exposed, but are not experiencing symptoms, see Northwestern University’s information on quarantine and self-isolation.

If you receive a COVID-19 diagnosis through a healthcare provider or testing service that is not affiliated with Northwestern University or Northwestern Medicine, please report your status here

No information regarding a student’s or colleague’s health status or their personal health information (PHI) should be discussed or shared; see Feinberg's COVID-19 privacy guidelines for more.