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COVID-19 Testing

​​ Updated June 10, 2022

Per CDC guidelines, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and have recovered sh​ould NOT get re-tested as long as they do not develop new symptoms.

Always keep in mind that testing is only one part of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

On-campus COVID-19 testing

​​For the summer sessions, DePaul will have rapid tests available to students, faculty and staff who may need testing and do not have access to a rapid test. Starting on Tuesday, June 14th you can visit the offices listed below for a rapid test:

Lincoln Park Campus
Office of Health Promotion and Wellness (Located in the Student Center)
2250 N Sheffield Suite 302
Loop Campus
Student Affairs Office (Located in the Lewis Center)
25 E. Jackson Blvd Suite 1400

Both offices are open for pick up Monday through Thursday from 10am-3pm. Note: the loop campus location will be closed on Monday, June 13. If you can not visit during these times, please contact us at DePaulCommunityHealth@depaul.edu.​

Public hours

  • Open to the DePaul community and the general public
  • Appointments recommended
  • Walk-ins welcome
Loop Campus:
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Location: DePaul Center (333 S. State St.), Concourse Area
  • Test results will NOT be shared with DePaul.
To make an appointment for public hours: 
  • Create a SHIELD Portal account on the SHIELD website, if you do not already have one.
  • Enter the agency code: df5brbrj
  • Complete your registration and submit.
  • You will receive a special code via text and email to confirm your identity.
  • Enter that code as indicated.
  • You can also contact 217-265-6059 for help setting up an account, creating appointments, and accessing results.

Who should utilize testing

    • If you have traveled recently or gathered with a large group, testing is strongly encouraged.
    • Those with exemptions: Unvaccinated faculty, staff and students with medical/religious exemptions are required to be tested on a regular basis. These individuals will receive communication via email on the required frequency. 
    • If you have possible COVID-19 symptoms: Regardless of vaccination status, get tested as soon as possible. Stay home​ (except to get tested) while you have symptoms and do NOT attend in-person class. Report positive test results at this reporting website or call (773) 207-4340. A representative is available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • If you were exposed to COVID-19: DePaul follows current CDC guidance for those who may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID. If you were exposed to COVID-19, check CDC guidance to determine if you need to quarantine and when to test.
    • If you are not a current DePaul student, faculty or staff member: You may access testing in the Loop during the public hours listed above, or seek testing via the options detailed below for Chicago, Illinois or out-of-state residents.​

​Who should not seek on-campus testing

    • Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days should NOT re-test unless they develop symptoms.
    • If you need a negative COVID test for another reason, such as to attend an event unrelated to your coursework or employment, the university asks that you seek testing elsewhere. This will allow the university to keep testing available where it is most needed.

At-home tests

DePaul's medical plan pharmacy benefits now cover over-the-counter COVID diagnostic tests for employees enrolled in the university's HMO, PPO or CDHP plans. This coverage is per new federal guidance and is effective through the end of the federal public health emergency. Learn more.


In addition, every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a limited number of at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests regardless of health coverage. Visit http://www.covidtests.gov/ to order and receive these tests by mail.

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. 

​Questions or concerns

​​Have you tested positive for COVID-19, and/or have qu​estions or concerns? If so, please ema​il DePaulCommunityHealth@depaul.edu.

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