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December Testing

During December, when the in-person component of the Fall Term is complete, the formal testing protocols will be paused given the drastically reduced number of students, faculty, and staff on campus. During this time, there will be testing available for those remaining on campus as needed. The information on this page provides detail about testing during this time. This testing will run from November 30th through December 18th, at which time the asymptomatic testing centers will close in order to prepare for the Winter Term.

For students needing an asymptomatic COVID-19 test between December 18th and January 4th for reasons connected to their academic program (such as a requirement from an external clinical experience site), there will be a limited number of appointments available at Searle (Health Service Evanston). If you have an academic need for testing during this time, please contact NU-COVID-Testing-Support@northwestern.edu and you will be provided instructions for making an appointment.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students are encouraged to continue testing weekly if they remain in Evanston. You should continue to schedule your appointments online and follow the same process you have during the Fall Quarter.

Graduate and Professional Students

We will be offering voluntary, asymptomatic testing to all graduate students through the Tempus platform during this period. You should schedule your appointment online. Slots will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, so you can book a time that best meets your needs. Tests can be completed at one of two locations: 

  • Evanston: Jacobs Center (2001 Sheridan Road), you will enter the testing center at the South entrance of the building.
  • Chicago: 345 Superior Street, you will enter the building at the West entrance of the building.

Faculty and Staff

We are offering voluntary, asymptomatic testing for faculty and staff who will continue to work onsite during December. If you are working onsite, you are encouraged to book a test as frequently as once per week if you would like. 

You should schedule your appointment online. Slots will be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, so you can book a time that best meets your needs. Tests can be completed at one of two locations: 

  • Evanston: Jacobs Center (2001 Sheridan Road), you will enter the testing center at the South entrance of the building.
  • Chicago: 345 Superior Street, you will enter the building at the West entrance of the building.

Results

As you will hear during your testing appointment, Tempus will send you an email with instructions on how to download their app to review your results. This app will directly provide you with your results as soon as they are available. Tempus has some known issues with its mobile application only working on certain versions of iOS. If you experience any issues receiving the email from Tempus or downloading the Tempus app, you can directly contact Tempus customer support at covidinfo@tempus.com

If you are remain unable to access the Tempus mobile app, you can email patient.support@northwestern.edu. As a reminder, test results may take two to four days depending on when you take your test.

If your test results come back positive, a member of Northwestern’s COVID Response Team will reach out to walk you through next steps. This will include direction regarding your need to self-isolate as well as guidance regarding how Northwestern will coordinate required contact tracing and to help support your health and welfare throughout this period.

If you are symptomatic or you have been identified as being exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing, do not go to one of the asymptomatic testing sites. Doing so may unnecessarily risk others in the Northwestern community. You should follow the symptomatic testing processes outlined below.

Undergraduate Students

All symptomatic and contact tracing testing for undergraduate students will occur at Northwestern Health Service (Searle Hall, 633 Emerson).

Scheduling Your Test

If you have symptoms and need to be tested, please update your SymptomTracker app which will turn your badge red.  Please visit the Scheduling Appointments with Northwestern Medicine to register for a MyNM account and make your testing appointment with Northwestern University Health Service.  While waiting for your test, and while waiting for your results, it is very important that you self-quarantine until you have a confirmed test result.


Graduate and Professional Students

Symptomatic testing for graduate and professional students will occur at one of two locations:

  • In Evanston, at Northwestern Health Service (Searle Hall, 633 Emerson).
  • In Chicago, at Northwestern Medicine’s Streeterville Immediate Care Clinic.

Scheduling Your Test

If you have symptoms and need to be tested, call the University Health Service  at 847-491-8100 in Evanston or the Chicago Health Service at 312-695-8134 in Chicago. It is important that you follow these steps and do not walk-in for testing without an appointment in order for your testing to be orchestrated by and paid for by the university.

While waiting for your test, and while waiting for your results, it is very important that you self-quarantine until you have a confirmed test result.

Feinberg School of Medicine clinical faculty or staff who are symptomatic should visit Feinberg's COVID-19 testing website for instructions.

Faculty and Staff

It is very important that faculty and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have been identified as being exposed to COVID-19 through contact tracing follow the processes outlined below.  

  • Update your SymptomTracker immediately, which will turn your badge red and wait for Case Management to reach out
  • Please Note:  please allow 2-6 hours for Case Management to contact you and be on the lookout for a call from a number that you don’t recognize.  If it has been more than 6 hours, you can call the Case Management team directly at 847-491-8422 or covidcasemanagement@northwestern.edu
  • If you develop symptoms while at home, stay at home, update your supervisor, and self-quarantine while you await additional guidance from Case Management
  • If you develop symptoms while at work, update your supervisor, leave work immediately, and self-quarantine while you await additional guidance from Case Management
  • Testing: 
    • Do not go to one of our asymptomatic testing sites
    • If Case Management believes testing is the right next step, you will talk through options with them.  In order for your testing to be orchestrated by and paid for by Northwestern University, you need to follow the above steps and guidance from Case Management and not visit testing centers before connecting with Case Management

Feinberg School of Medicine clinical faculty or staff who are symptomatic should visit Feinberg's COVID-19 testing website for instructions.