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COVID-19 Testing

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. 

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.  

If you need assistance locating a testing location, please call DePaul's contact tracing team at 773-325-3300, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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. Call DePaul's contact tracing team at 773-325-3300, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for information on how to request a test kit.

Surveillance testing 

DePaul launched a COVID-19 surveillance testing program in winter 2021 with limited groups of students. These students will be contacted through their academic programs with more information on the testing and how to sign up. The university also is working to identify additional groups of students to participate. As more FDA-approved tests become available, DePaul may change our approach to surveillance testing including the frequency or type of test used. For more information, visit DePaul’s COVID-19 FAQs and the SHIELD website

Questions or concerns

Have you tested positive for COVID-19, and/or have questions or concerns? If so, please email or call DePaul's contact tracing team at 773-325-3300, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.