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Faculty and Staff Testing

Testing is available at the Jacobs Center (Evanston) and 345 E. Superior St (Chicago) for faculty and staff. Unvaccinated faculty and staff are required to complete two Abbott rapid antigen tests a week. Based on recommendations from Northwestern’s medical experts, these tests must be completed within three days of each other. If the number of days between tests is greater than three, the Symptom Tracker application will display in yellow as a reminder to complete a new test in order to return to green status. All faculty and staff are welcome to complete Abbott rapid antigen tests as frequently as they want.

If you have any symptoms, or need to be tested because of contact tracing, you must follow the Symptomatic Testing instructions outlined in the second tab.

Completing Your Abbott Rapid Antigen Test

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.


It is very important that faculty and staff who have COVID-19 symptoms follow the processes outlined below.  

If you have symptoms and need to be tested, please update your Symptom Tracker app, which will turn your badge red. Do not visit an asymptomatic testing site if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Doing so may risk the health of others in the Northwestern community.

Obtaining Your Test if You Have Symptoms

If you have symptoms and need to be tested, please update your Symptom Tracker app, which will turn your badge red. Please visit the Jacobs Center, using the northwest entrance, during our hours of operation (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for symptomatic testing). No appointment is needed for symptomatic rapid antigen testing. 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 and update your supervisor.

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


If you are directed to test at the Jacobs center, Results will be available within 30 minutes of completing your test. You will receive a notification on your phone informing you that your NAVICA results are ready. Log in to your NAVICA app to view your results. If you are using the NAVICA website, your results will be available under “Your Name’s Latest Test Result.” 

If your test results come back positive, please immediately begin to self-isolate. If you test positive and have questions regarding your symptoms, please email This email is currently staffed with case managers from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, Monday through Friday.

If at any point you require emergency medical attention, call 911 to access the most local emergency services.