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

COVID Testing Information

for Feinberg faculty, staff and students


Feinberg's Positivity Rate is

Last 7 days (11/23 to 11/29)


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

 All Feinberg faculty and staff

  • Asymptomatic testing will be available for the period between Thanksgiving and December 18 for faculty and staff by appointment only. 
  • During Northwestern's Winter Quarter (January through March), University asymptomatic testing protocols will apply to all faculty and staff working on campus.  
    • The asymptomatic testing protocols for faculty and staff will be based on a recurring random sampling.
    • Each week, faculty and staff who are randomly selected will be notified via email.
    • This random testing is optional – faculty and staff may opt-out of the test if they have concerns about participating.
    • More information from Northwestern University 

 

 All graduate and professional students

  • All graduate and professional students who are on-campus for in-person courses or research in the Fall are eligible for asymptomatic testing on a random sampling basis.
  • Each week, students who are randomly selected will be notified via email.
  • This random testing is optional – students may opt-out of the test if they have concerns about participating.

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.

 

 

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