Exposure Testing

Please see the information below for Exposure Testing for members of the campus community who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Exposure Testing

Testing is available to all members of the University campus community who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please check the University’s protocols for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 exposures.

To schedule an asymptomatic exposure test, complete the consent and HIPAA forms and schedule a test through my.WellnessPortal

Test Location

The Exposure Testing Program will operate on the Hyde Park campus, in the Walker Museum, Suite 309, located on the main quadrangle at 1115 E. 58th Street and operates Monday through Friday from 8a.m. until 4:45p.m. Individuals should access the Walker Museum test site via the ground-level entrance located between Rosenwald Hall and the Walker Museum. Participants can either take the stairs or elevator to the third floor, then turn left and continue down the hallway to enter the test site.

No cost to participants

Costs of the tests will be covered by the University.

New consent and HIPAA authorization forms

To participate in the testing program, complete the consent and HIPAA authorization forms. You must complete these forms prior to your first appointment, even if you completed similar forms in the past. Students under age 18 must have their legal guardian sign their consent form to complete registration.

Test type and results

For the 2021-22 academic year, the testing program will use a saliva-based COVID-19 PCR test. During their testing appointment, participants will be asked to provide 1-2 ml of saliva into a specimen vial. While medical professionals will be on site to assist, the saliva specimen is self-collected by the participant.

Important: For the sample to be viable, participants must refrain from eating, drinking, using tobacco, chewing gum, or using oral hygiene products for 60 minutes prior to their testing appointment. We recommend drinking water 60 minutes prior to your appointment to improve hydration. If a saliva sample is determined to be unviable by the laboratory, participants may be required to return to the test site to provide a new sample.

Test results will be released within 48 hours but will normally be available faster.

Patient portal and testing times

The online medical patient portal for the Exposure Testing Program during the 2021-22 academic year is my.WellnessPortal, which is separate from UChicago Medicine’s MyChart. Accounts have already been created for all students and employees. Individuals can login using their CNetID and password. Through this portal, participants can:

  • Schedule or reschedule testing appointments (subject to testing program availability)

  •  View results of completed COVID-19 tests

More information

  • Please view our testing FAQ web page for answers to frequently asked questions.

  • For information on the University’s COVID-19 Exposure Protocol, click here.

  • If you have questions related to testing not addressed in the FAQs, contact the Testing Team at C19Testing@uchicago.edu or call 773.702.8450.