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COVID-19 Resources for Students

UChicago Student Wellness—in collaboration with UChicago Medicine—is available to support students with COVID-19 testing, consultation, and follow-up care, as necessary.

COVID-19 Tests Due to Symptoms or Exposure

If a student experiences symptoms of COVID-19 or believes that they have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, they can be tested at no cost. Information about the Symptomatic Testing Program, and follow-up care regardless of where the testing was performed, is included below.  

COVID-19 Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program

In order to understand and mitigate the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus, the University is providing weekly screening for interested students, faculty, other academic appointees, and postdoctoral researchers and staff participants who will regularly be on campus. Information about any plans for a Voluntary Surveillance Testing Program for Academic Year 2021-22 will be shared in September.

COVID-19 Mandatory Testing Program for Individuals

For Academic Year 2021-22, the University is requiring members of the campus community who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who will be in University facilities in the Chicago area to participate in the University’s weekly COVID-19 Mandatory Surveillance Testing Program.

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Symptomatic Testing Program and Follow-Up Care

Testing is available to anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19-like illness, including the symptoms below. Testing may also be available for those who have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Students with these symptoms, who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or who otherwise would like consultation about testing should call UChicago Student Wellness at 773-834-WELL. If appropriate, our staff will schedule you for testing at the University of Chicago Medicine curbside testing clinic.

Curbside testing is not available without an appointment. Drive-up/walk-up swab collection visits typically take several minutes to complete. You will receive information on how to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms after your visit and will get follow-up phone calls with your test results in 1-2 days.

If you are unable to come to the Hyde Park campus to be tested at UChicago Medicine, we encourage you to visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website for a list of testing locations in Illinois (scroll down to the interactive map on that webpage).

If you are in the U.S, but not in Illinois, we encourage you to check with your local or state department of public health. If you are outside the U.S., please consult with your local healthcare provider.

Before visiting an off-campus site, we encourage you to ask the testing site or your insurance company about whether there will be out-of-pocket costs associated with the test or associated visit/consultation. 

Students who test positive for COVID-19 can receive follow-up care and guidance from clinicians at UChicago Student Wellness.  If your test was ordered by a clinician at UChicago Student Wellness, our clinic will contact you with your test results. However, regardless of where the test was conducted, students are encouraged to contact UChicago Student Wellness for care and support. 

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and has been in a University owned or operated facility must contact so that the health and safety of others in our facilities can be addressed. It is important to report your case, regardless of whether or not the test was conducted on campus. 

Physician/practitioner visits and most routine laboratory testing provided by UChicago Student Wellness are covered at no cost. Students screened by UChicago Student Wellness will be sent to the UChicago Medicine COVID-19 curbside testing site and be tested at no cost.

If you were tested at UChicago Medicine and have received a bill related to COVID-19 testing and you have questions, please call 844-843-3594 (option 2).

All members of the campus community are expected to adhere to the public health protocols outlined at  

UChicago Student Wellness remains committed to providing you with the care and support you need. Especially during this period of remote learning and throughout the resumption of campus operations, we’re here for you. 

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