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. The forms are available in the portal and a required in order to schedule a test.

Test Location

The Exposure Testing Program will operate on the Hyde Park campus, in the Ryerson Physical Laboratory, Suite 155, located on the main quadrangle at 1100 E. 58th Street and operates Monday through Friday from 9a.m. until 4:00p.m. Individuals should access the Ryerson Physical Laboratory test site via the ground-level entrance located between Eckhart Hall and the Ryerson Physical Laboratory (East Entrance).

ADA Access:
Participants requiring ADA Access may use the West ADA entrance of Eckhart Hall and follow signage to access Ryerson Physical Laboratory.

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, please email C19Testing@uchicago.edu for a PDF version of the forms. The forms are available in the my.WellnessPortal and are required in order to schedule a test.

Test type and results

The testing program uses 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 2022-23 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.