Symptomatic & Exposure Testing

Please see the information below for (1) Symptomatic Testing for members of the campus community experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; and (2) Exposure Testing for members of the campus community who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Symptomatic and 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.

Test Location

The Symptomatic Testing Program will operate on the Hyde Park campus, in Stuart Hall, Suite 007 (lower level in the former Stuart Hall Café), located on the main quadrangle at 5835 S. Greenwood Avenue). The Stuart Hall testing site can be accessed by entering the southeast entrance of the building. Individuals should not enter the main entrance in the front of the building. This test site will operate Monday through Friday from 9a.m. until 4p.m.

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.

On Fridays from 8a.m. until 4:45p.m., testing will also take place at Chicago Booth’s downtown Gleacher Center location, in room 101.

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 created specifically for this testing program here. You must complete them, even if you completed similar forms in the past. Both forms can be accessed, completed, and submitted on the REDCap registration website. Required forms must be completed prior to your first appointment. 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 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 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.