Coronavirus information for Feinberg.

COVID Testing Information

for Feinberg faculty, staff and students


Feinberg's Positivity Rate is

Last 30 days (3/30 to 4/29)
507 total tests received and 1 new positive in the last 7 days (4/23 to 4/29)


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

Asymptomatic testing protocols apply to those who are vaccinated and those who are not vaccinated. Feinberg community members will continue getting vaccinated in greater numbers as they become eligible under the State of Illinois’ vaccination plan. While the vaccines appear to do a fantastic job at preventing serious illness, we know less about how they will impact transmission of the virus. For this Feinberg faculty, staff, and students should continue to get tested even after they are vaccinated, and should continue to use the SymptomTracker application each day they are on campus to report any symptoms or exposures. 

 All non-clinical Feinberg faculty and all Feinberg staff

Northwestern’s asymptomatic testing plans for staff and non-clinical faculty have been expanded. As a reminder, if you have any symptoms, or need to be tested because of contact tracing, you must follow the Symptomatic Testing instructions.

Faculty and staff who work on campus most days are encouraged to participate in regular testing, especially if they:

  • Have regular in-person interaction with students
  • Have regular in-person interaction with the public
  • Work in close settings, like research labs or shared offices, with other faculty and staff
For those faculty and staff only occasionally working on campus, or who only want testing when it is convenient to them, infrequent testing is also acceptable.

Abbott Rapid Test - Voluntary Testing 

Northwestern has entered into a new rapid testing partnership with Abbott using their BinaxNOW antigen test and NAVICA mobile app. This test provides one more tool to help quickly identify positive cases and isolate them from the University community. The Please see the details on the Abbott Rapid Testing website for information about rapid testing and for instructions on how to:
  • Download the Abbott NAVICA app
  • Confirm your Northwestern email address
  • Connect to Northwestern via the NAVICA app to ensure your results are shared with Northwestern for case management purposes
Once you’ve activated your NAVICA app and connected to NU on the app, you are ready to test. All Abbott rapid testing on the Chicago campus occurs at 345 E. Superior Street. No appointment is needed for rapid testing.

We encourage faculty and staff to complete as many rapid tests per week as they would like. Consider testing on a day when you are meeting with others, working in a lab or other shared space, or returning from travel. 

Color Test - Voluntary Testing

Color testing continues to be available for those faculty and staff who want to test as often as once per week while they are working on campus. Going forward, faculty and staff no longer need to make an appointment to obtain their Color test. Please see the details on the Color Testing Website for information about Color and how to:

  • Activate your Color account
  • Complete your Color test
  • Receive your test results
Once you’ve activated your Color account, your testing should go smoothly. Two-to-three days following your test, you will receive your results through your Color online portal.

 

 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)

Abbott Rapid Test - Voluntary Testing 

Northwestern has entered into a new rapid testing partnership with Abbott using their BinaxNOW antigen test and NAVICA mobile app. This test provides one more tool to help quickly identify positive cases and isolate them from the University community. The Please see the details on the Abbott Rapid Testing website for information about rapid testing and for instructions on how to:
  • Download the Abbott NAVICA app
  • Confirm your Northwestern email address
  • Connect to Northwestern via the NAVICA app to ensure your results are shared with Northwestern for case management purposes
Once you’ve activated your NAVICA app and connected to NU on the app, you are ready to test. All Abbott rapid testing on the Chicago campus occurs at 345 E. Superior Street. No appointment is needed for rapid testing.

Northwestern University students may take as many rapid tests per week as they would like. 

Color Test - Voluntary Testing

Color testing continues to be available for those who want to test as often as once per week while they are on campus. Please see the details on the Color Testing Website for information about Color and how to:

  • Activate your Color account
  • Complete your Color test
  • Receive your test results
Once you’ve activated your Color account, your testing should go smoothly. Two-to-three days following your test, you will receive your results through your Color online portal.

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

Effective March 1, 2021, the Winter Term testing protocols for graduate and professional students were adjusted.
  • All graduate and professional students who are on-campus for in-person courses or research 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.