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COVID-19 Testing

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to a global shortage of rapid COVID-19 test kits, all patients who are symptomatic or have had a COVID-19 exposure and are asymptomatic will receive a standard PCR COVID test if indicated. These results will typically return within 36-72 hours. Learn about testing and care options below based on your circumstances.

With the high demand for COVID-19 tests, NorthShore Immediate Care clinics are currently testing only those patients who:

    • Have symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection; or
    • Have had an unmasked, prolonged (more than 15 minutes in 24 hours) and close (within six feet) exposure to someone with COVID-19.

If you are looking for a COVID-19 test for any reason other than symptoms or exposure, please access a community testing site near you.

Reminder: If you have COVID-19 symptoms or had a recent exposure, please immediately mask indoors and in public settings. Follow other safety practices including quarantine (if exposed, without symptoms) and isolation (if symptomatic).

 

 

COVID-19 testing options

Learn about testing options based on your circumstances. If it is proving difficult to get access to a test, follow this guidance.

I have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and I’m immunocompromised and/or unvaccinated.

Get tested as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like a COVID-19 test, you may walk into any NorthShore Immediate Care Center or schedule a drive-thru test at our Swedish Hospital campus by phoning 773-907-7700.

COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • 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
I have mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19. I am fully vaccinated more than 5 months ago (Pfizer/Moderna) or more than 2 months ago (Janssen) without receipt of a booster.

Get tested.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like a COVID-19 test, you may walk into any NorthShore Immediate Care Center or schedule a drive-thru test at our Swedish Hospital campus by phoning 773-907-7700.

COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • 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
I have mild symptoms consistent with COVID-19. I am fully vaccinated within the last 5 months (Pfizer or Moderna) or within the last 2 months (Janssen), OR have received a booster.

Get tested.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like a COVID-19 test, you may walk into any NorthShore Immediate Care Center or schedule a drive-thru test at our Swedish Hospital campus by phoning 773-907-7700.

COVID-19 symptoms are:

  • 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
I’ve had a COVID-19 exposure, but am not experiencing any symptoms.

Delay getting your COVID-19 test.

It’s important to be conservative and follow best practices, which differ depending on whether you are vaccinated.

I am unvaccinated.

Quarantine for 5 days, test 5 days after your exposure incident and wear a well-fitting mask any time you are in public or around other people for the next 10 days.

You can schedule a COVID-19 test via NorthShoreConnect at our convenient “park and swab” site located in Glenbrook Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center. When you arrive at your testing appointment, you will receive your reserved PCR test kit, self-swab in an air-scrubbed private tent and then drop your kit for testing. Results are typically returned within 36-72 hours.

I completed my Pfizer/Moderna vaccinations more than 5 months ago or completed my Janssen vaccination more than two months ago, but I haven’t received a booster shot.

Quarantine for 5 days, test 5 days after your exposure incident and wear a well-fitting mask any time you are in public or around other people for the next 10 days.

You can schedule a COVID-19 test via NorthShoreConnect at our convenient “park and swab” site located in Glenbrook Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center. When you arrive at your testing appointment, you will receive your reserved PCR test kit, self-swab in an air-scrubbed private tent and then drop your kit for testing. Results are typically returned within 36-72 hours.

I completed my Pfizer/Moderna vaccinations within the last 5 months or my Janssen vaccination within the last 2 months or I have received my booster shot.

Mask for 10 days, test 5 days after your exposure incident.

You can schedule a COVID-19 test via NorthShoreConnect at our convenient “park and swab” site located in Glenbrook Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center. When you arrive at your testing appointment, you will receive your reserved PCR test kit, self-swab in an air-scrubbed private tent and then drop your kit for testing. Results are typically returned within 36-72 hours.

I completed my Pfizer/Moderna vaccinations more than 5 months or my Janssen vaccination more than 2 months ago and I received my booster shot.

Mask for 10 days, test 5 days after your exposure incident.

You can schedule a COVID-19 test via NorthShoreConnect at our convenient “park and swab” site located in Glenbrook Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center. When you arrive at your testing appointment, you will receive your reserved PCR test kit, self-swab in an air-scrubbed private tent and then drop your kit for testing. Results are typically returned within 36-72 hours.

I want to get tested ahead of upcoming travel.

Test at the airport or an community testing site.

With testing at capacity, please seek testing at O’Hare Airport, Midway Airport or any community testing sites.

I want to get tested ahead of a social gathering or visiting individuals who are at high risk or unvaccinated.

Perform an at-home test if possible.

Currently, COVID-19 testing for social gatherings is not offered at NorthShore. Please use home testing options or seek community testing site in your community.

My child or I need a test before going back to school.

Visit a community testing site.

Currently, more routine back-to-school COVID-19 testing for returning to school is not offered at NorthShore. Please use home testing options or seek a community testing site.

 

Pre-surgical/procedural testing
Pre-surgical/procedural testing has transitioned to the Glenbrook Hospital Ambulatory Care Center. If you have an appointment for a pre-surgical/procedural COVID test, please visit the Pre-Surgical/Procedural Testing page for more information.

Visit the Pre-Surgical/Procedural Testing Page

 

Community COVID-19 testing options

If you’re unable to get a COVID-19 test at NorthShore, consider other testing options in your community.