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Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program

Regular testing of asymptomatic members of the campus community is an important way to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus, which will help us take steps to mitigate its spread. To be eligible for the University’s Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program, you must be a University student, faculty member, other academic appointee, postdoctoral researcher or staff member who meets these conditions:

1) Will regularly be at a University facility in the Chicago-area for Spring Quarter; and

2) Can commit to weekly testing in Hyde Park for the duration of the academic year; and

3) Is NOT a resident of University housing or an athlete who lives off-campus. (Those groups are part of the University’s Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program.)

People in this program must be asymptomatic and must commit to a specific time and day to be tested every week for the duration of Winter Quarter. In addition, eligible participants must not have tested positive for COVID-19 at any point in the past 90 days prior to their first test.

Participants will be required to sign consent and HIPAA authorization forms releasing their testing results to the University and to the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) in order to be a part of the program.

  • How to register for the program 
    • Registration will be available for those in the Chicago area who have not yet enrolled in the University’s Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program but would like to participate in it for Spring Quarter. Enrollment capacity may be limited. People who are eligible to enroll will receive more information. Enrolling in the program is a commitment for the remainder of the current academic year.
  • Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program locations and hours 
    • There are two centrally located testing locations on the Hyde Park campus:
      • Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th, Suite 100 (at University Ave.)
      • 950 E. 61stStreet (Woodlawn Social Services Center/ WSSC), Room 3 (at Ellis Avenue) Testing participants access the facility from the playground entrance on the north side of the building.
    • Testing takes place weekly, Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday will serve as a makeup day for both the Mandatory Surveillance and Voluntary Surveillance testing programs.
    • Participants are assigned a day and time slot upon registering for the Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program and may attend their testing appointment at any time during that assigned four-hour time slot. Assigned time slots are as follows:
      • 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
      • 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
      • 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Test information 
      • The test used is a PCR nasal swab to be administered by a trained medical assistant. This is less invasive than a nasopharyngeal test; it requires a light swabbing of the inside of the nose. PCR tests offer high levels of sensitivity and specificity.
      • The test should take less than 10 minutes to complete.
      • All tests are free and insurance information will not be utilized.
    • Results
      • Results from your test will be available within 48 hours and available on MyChart, a medical patient portal.
      • If you test positive for COVID-19, your result will be available on MyChart and you will be contacted by phone with next steps and options for follow-up care. If you are a student, you will be contacted by UChicago Student Wellness; all other faculty and, other academic appointees, postdoctoral researchers, and staff will be notified by UCM.
    • Frequently asked questions

If you have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, promptly report to C19HealthReport@uchicago.edu, even if you have not been on campus.