Coronavirus information for Feinberg.

COVID Testing Information

for Feinberg faculty, staff and students


Feinberg's Positivity Rate is

Last 30 days (1/23 to 2/22)
497 total tests received and 1 new positives in the last 7 days (2/16 to 2/22)


Daily use of an official Northwestern University symptom tracker or Northwestern Medicine symptom tracker is required for entry to campus. 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

 All non-clinical Feinberg faculty and all Feinberg staff

With an expected higher number of staff and non-clinical faculty working onsite during the University's Winter Term (January through March), Northwestern’s asymptomatic testing plans for staff and non-clinical faculty have been expanded.
  • Northwestern will continue testing a random sampling of staff and non-clinical faculty each week from January through March. Participation in the random sampling program is optional. If you are selected for random sampling, and you do not wish to participate or you are not currently working onsite, you can simply ignore the email invitation. Those selected by random sampling will be provided scheduling instructions in that email invitation.
  • Additionally, each day, a number of testing appointments will be available for staff and non-clinical faculty to schedule at their convenience. This option is a good fit for those who will be working onsite and want access to asymptomatic testing on a more intermittent or occasional basis. Northwestern asks that faculty and staff be conscious of others and not utilize these appointments more frequently than once per week. 
  • Finally, onsite staff and non-clinical faculty had the opportunity to opt in to a new Recurring Surveillance Program for the University's Winter Term (January through March). This program has been designed for those who are regularly on Feinberg’s campus, wish to be tested on a regular schedule, and:
    • Have regular, in-person interaction with students, researchers, and/or University staff; or
    • Have regular, in-person interaction with the public; or
    • Work in close settings, like research labs or shared offices, with other faculty and staff
      • Participation in this program is voluntary, but if you enrolled, you are expected to comply with the ongoing testing requirements.
      • Enrollment in the Recurring Surveillance Program is currently closed, but additional sign-up windows will be available after initial testing of students occurs. Check back for updated information. 

Please note: Prior to testing, you must set up a profile with the University's testing vendor, Color. Read more.

 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)

  • Early January return-to-campus testing program
    • Students in clinical programs who are travelling will return to campus no later than January 3 and begin a modified quarantine: you must receive a negative COVID-19 test before engaging in any in-person activity on campus or at our clinical affiliates, and are asked to engage only in essential activities during this time until the test results are known. 
    • All Feinberg students will be tested for COVID-19 on January 7 and 8. Prior to this date, and ideally as soon as possible, you must login to the booking website, and select a time slot by choosing the “January-Chicago Graduate Students” option from the menu.
    • Asymptomatic students in clinical programs should not schedule any testing between January 3 and 7, since your quarantine will not begin until January 3. Test results may take a few days to arrive and will be e-mailed to your preferred inbox.
  • Asymptomatic testing options for students in Feinberg clinical programs, January through March 2020
    • Students in Feinberg clinical programs (MD, PA, PT, and MPO) will have the option to participate in asymptomatic COVID-19 weekly testing. It will not be required. 
    • To participate in this testing program, please fill out this SmartSheet form to sign up for Feinberg’s Recurring Surveillance Program for students. By signing up for this program, you are agreeing to comply with the testing cadence assigned by Northwestern. That will likely be either weekly or every other week, depending on the amount of time you spend on campus and the type of work you do. 
    • Please note: If you fall out of compliance with your assigned testing cadence, without a compelling reason as to why, you will be removed from the recurring surveillance program and no longer be eligible for the remainder of the term.

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

  • Early January return-to-campus testing program (Wildcat Wellness) 
    • Wildcat Wellness is a modified quarantine from January 3 through 17, during which students who left campus for winter recess are asked to engage only in essential activities. 
      • Students who remain in Chicago working in labs/clinics over the holidays may continue to come to work if they meet all current COVID-19 restriction criteria. However, if you have travelled to areas included in Chicago's travel restrictions, you must follow Chicago's travel quaratine order. 
    • All students in Feinberg programs will need to be tested once during Wildcat Wellness, on January 7 or 8. Prior to this date, you must login to the booking website, and select a time slot by choosing the “January-Chicago Graduate Students” option from the menu. If you have tested positive in the last 90 days through NU/NM testing, you do not need to be tested again.
  • Asymptomatic testing for students in Feinberg non-clinical graduate and professional programs, January through March 2020
    • All graduate and professional students who are on-campus for in-person courses or research during Northwestern's Winter term (January through March 2020) will follow Northwestern University's asymptomatic COVID-19 testing protocols for graduate and professional students.
    • Most graduate and professional students will be required to test either weekly or every other week, depending on the amount of time they are expected to spend on campus.
    • 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.