COVID-19 Testing

Given Congress’s end to funding COVID-19 testing and treatment, patients may now receive a bill for COVID testing-19 and treatment services that are not fully covered by insurance.

Swedish and NorthShore will continue to provide COVID vaccines at no out-of-pocket cost to patients.

If you need a COVID-19 test:

  • Walk in to one of our NorthShore Immediate Care Centers with your photo ID and insurance card
  • We are providing RT-PCR tests, with results typically available within an hour, across all clinic locations
  • If you need a test and your insurer only covers part of the cost of test, you may be asked to pay the total or balance of the cost of the test
  • Individuals who are concerned about their ability to pay for COVID testing can apply for financial assistance. Learn more here. (https://www.northshore.org/about-us/billing/financial-assistance/)
  • To find a community-based testing site that provides low cost or no cost tests, click here (https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/covid-testing.html)
  • Out-of-pocket fees associated with COVID-19 testing are:
    • COVID Test: $165
    • Office Visit: $98-$116
  • If you have a known exposure to COVID-19, or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, remember to mask up immediately and follow other safety best practices pending test results.

An appointment time is required for both forms of testing. 

Swedish Hospital

Drive Through COVID-19 Testing Tent
2899 W. Carmen Ave.
Chicago IL 60625

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon

Call 773-907-7700 to schedule.

NorthShore Immediate Care

Immediate Care locations>>

COVID-19 Testing Options

Get tested as soon as possible.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms symptoms, you should make an appointment at the Swedish Hospital drive-through testing tent by calling 773-907-7700 or visit a NorthShore Immediate Care Center and get tested.

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

Get tested.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should make an appointment at the Swedish Hospital drive-through testing tent by calling 773-907-7700 or visit a NorthShore Immediate Care Center and get tested.

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

Get tested.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should make an appointment at the Swedish Hospital drive-through testing tent by calling 773-907-7700 or visit a NorthShore Immediate Care Center and get tested.

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

Delay getting your COVID-19 test.

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


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 at the Swedish Hospital drive-through tent by calling 773-907-7700.

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 at the Swedish Hospital drive-through tent by calling 773-907-7700.

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

You can schedule a COVID-19 test at the Swedish Hospital drive-through tent by calling 773-907-7700.

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

You can schedule a COVID-19 test at the Swedish Hospital drive-through tent by calling 773-907-7700.

Test at the airport or an community testing site.

Make an appointment at the Swedish Hospital drive-through testing tent by calling 773-907-7700 or Test at the airport or a community testing site.

Please seek testing at O’Hare Airport, Midway Airport or any community testing sites.

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.

Visit a community testing site.

Make an appointment at the Swedish Hospital drive-through testing tent by calling 773-907-7700 or visit a community testing site.

Community COVID-19 Testing Options

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

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Sore Throat
  • Runny Nose
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Loss or Decrease of Smell or Taste
  • Muscle Aches With Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Chills or Shaking Chills
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or Other Gastrointestinal Symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions

    How Long Will It Take to Get My Results?

    Testing results will be available in 36-72 hours. Please do not call for results. 

    How Will I Learn My Results? 

    Please refer to your NorthShoreConnect account. If you are positive your primary care provider or a Swedish Hospital provider will call you with your results.  

    What Happens if I feel Worse?

    Call your primary care provider and they will direct you as to what to do next. If your symptoms are severe, please call 911.

    What Should I Do to Help Myself?

    If you Test Positive for COVID-19 – Isolate

    Get lots of rest, keep hydrated, wash your hands frequently and avoid public areas. Take acetaminophen for fevers (which is a temperature above 100.3 degree Fahrenheit).  

    • Stay home for 5 days
    • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days you can leave your house
    • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.


    If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 – Quarantine

    If you: Have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5, if possible.
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.


    If you:
    Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated

    • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5 if possible.
    • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

    Are there other costs associated with COVID-19 testing?

    Common charges associated with COVID-19 testing include:

    • COVID High Throughput Test: $230
    • Office Visit: $208-$466
    • ER Visit: $793-$1,295

    Please contact Financial Services at  773-694-8666 or 855-216-4763 if you have additional questions.