Symptoms and Reporting


If you are ill, even if you’re vaccinated and/or have mild, cold-like symptoms, stay home. 


If you test positive for COVID-19, are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, or show signs or symptoms (even if they are mild, cold-like symptoms and you are fully vaccinated), please email SAIC’s Case Management Team at

Contact Tracing and Close Contacts

A close contact is someone who was within six feet of a positive case for 15 or more cumulative minutes over the course of a day starting from two days before the person began feeling sick or tested positive until the time they were isolated. After reviewing guidance from national, state, and local health authorities, as well as Dr. Rebmann, SAIC no longer requires close contacts to quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status.

  • Close contacts are required to promptly contact the Case Management Team and follow all instructions. These instructions will include, but are not limited to, testing and wearing a surgical mask, N95, or KN95 whenever they are on campus, except resident students in their own room. Surgical masks are available at security desks upon request.
  • Failure to follow instructions from the Case Management Team may result in disciplinary action.
  • Individuals who test positive must immediately contact the Case Management Team and follow all instructions. They may not come to campus until cleared to do so by the Case Management Team. 


We continue to work with all members of the campus community who require testing. 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.