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COVID-19 Testing

Updated June 10, 2021

Keep in mind that testing is only one part of preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Please continue to wear a face covering and practice social distancing to help Take Care DePaul.

A variety of COVID-19 testing locations and options are available throughout Chicago and Illinois. As more information and testing options become available, we will continue to update this page. 

If you: 

  • Have symptoms: Get tested right away. Make an appointment in advance, and make sure to stay at least six feet from others and wear a face covering.
  • Don't have symptoms: Get tested five to nine days after your last known contact with the infected person or since your last high-risk activity, such as attending a large gathering or traveling to a state that has experienced a surge in new COVID-19 cases. 

Surveillance testing 

On-campus COVID testing will be paused for the summer. Plans for fall are being finalized.

Chicago-area residents

Please visit the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) website for testing location information. Testing locations and hours of operation may change, particularly for mobile testing sites, so please check the CDPH website prior to visiting a location for the most up-to-date information.  

Illinois residents 

Please visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website for COVID-19 testing locations. 

Out-of-state residents 

For students, faculty and staff living outside Illinois, please check your local and state public health departments’ websites for more information. 

Mail-in kit option

DePaul has contracted with LabCorp to provide current students, faculty and staff with the option for a COVID-19 PCR home test. This option is for those with symptoms or known exposure to an individual who has tested positive and are having difficulty finding an accessible testing site. If you are having symptoms or have known exposure, it is recommended to first contact your healthcare provider to discuss if and how to get tested.

LabCorp will ship to current DePaul students, faculty and staff residing in the United States. DePaul covers the cost of the kit. Unfortunately, this option can NOT be used by family members or household contacts who are NOT current DePaul students, faculty, or staff. Report exposure or symptoms online. A contact tracer will follow up with you and can assist with getting you a mail-in test kit if needed.

Questions or concerns

Have you tested positive for COVID-19, and/or have questions or concerns? If so, please email