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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 one Abbott rapid antigen test a week. All faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, are welcome to complete Abbott rapid antigen tests as frequently as they want.

If you have any symptoms, please 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
  • 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 St. in Chicago. No appointment is needed for rapid antigen testing.

Questions?

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 visit our symptomatic testing site, take an at-home test, or arrange for a test off campus. 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. Northwestern does not reimburse individuals or units for off-campus testing expenses. Free at-home tests are available through the federal government and most health insurance plans.

Locations

Symptomatic antigen testing is available for all employees at the Jacobs Center (Evanston), using the northwest entrance. No appointment is needed for rapid antigen testing. 

Symptomatic testing is not available at 345 E. Superior St. in Chicago. 


Obtaining Your Test if You Have Symptoms

If you have symptoms and need to be tested, please visit the Jacobs Center, using the northwest entrance. Before visiting the symptomatic testing site, please confirm the current hours of operation. No appointment is needed for symptomatic rapid antigen testing. Please bring your Wildcard or other photo identification. 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.

Symptomatic testing is not available at 345 E. Superior St. in Chicago.

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

Getting Your Results

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 covidcasemanagement@northwestern.edu. This email is currently staffed with case managers from 9 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.