Symptoms and Reporting


If you are ill, even if you’re vaccinated and/or have mild, cold-like symptoms, or you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, stay home. 


If you show signs or symptoms of illness—even if they are mild, cold-like symptoms and you are fully vaccinated—or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, SAIC’s Case Management Team can provide guidance:

Contact Tracing and Close Contacts

A close contact is defined by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes over the course of a day starting from two days before the person began feeling sick until the time they were isolated or within two days of their positive test if the individual is asymptomatic. Examples of close contacts may include:

  • Someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes over the course of a day
  • Someone who provided care at home to an infected person
  • Someone who had direct physical contact with the infected person (hugged or kissed them)
  • Someone who shared eating or drinking utensils
  • Someone who has been sneezed on, coughed on, or somehow got respiratory droplets on them from an infected person
  • A roommate or significant other of an infected person


We continue to work with all members of the campus community who require testing and follow the most current guidance for contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation. In light of Governor Pritzker’s recent announcement ending vaccination and testing requirements for higher education institutions, we consulted with public health expert Dr. Terri Rebmann to assess the impact to campus and will temporarily suspend the weekly testing requirement for unvaccinated community members. Free testing remains available to any community member who is considered an on-campus close contact of someone who has tested positive. If you are identified as an on-campus close contact, the contact tracing team will provide you with more information. Please note, community members with symptoms may not test on campus. Here you’ll find a link to testing locations near campus.

Michigan Avenue Immediate Care
24 E. Randolph St. 
Chicago, IL 60601 
Book online

Physicians Immediate Care (offers same-day results) 
811 S. State St. 
Chicago, IL 60605 
Book online

For a full list of testing options, click here.