FAQs from September 17 Fall 2020 Briefing

Questions and Answers from the Sept. 17 Weekly Fall 2020 Briefing with Chancellor

Q. When will non-compliance notifications begin rolling out?
A. The Testing Team is sending out non-compliance notifications to people who have not reported for weekly testing. It is imperative that each of us does our part, including complying with testing.

Q. Will supervisors be notified if one of their direct reports is non-compliant?
A. We’ll first reach out to the employee for a good-faith effort. If there’s a willful push to not test, the supervisory structure will be engaged.

Q. Have lab turnaround times improved?
A. Yes! Individuals received results in a shorter time-frame this week – some in less than 24 hours. We continue to work with the lab in Champaign to smooth out the ripples in our process.

Q. When are flu shots available this year?
A. We encourage you to get a flu shot this year to help manage overall health in this complicated time. Flu clinics will be set up close to the COVID testing location to make it convenient. Watch Campus Announcements for details about date and time.

Q. What’s the status on the creation of a Springfield lab?
A. We are working with SHIELD Illinois and community partners to test saliva samples for UIS and others in the community at an off-campus Springfield-based lab. This would mean UIS samples are no longer traveling to Champaign for testing. We’re hoping to announcement more details about the partnership in 2-3 weeks.

Q. How do I sign the SGA pledge to promote safety on campus?
A. Sign the pledge here: uis.edu/covid-19/pledge

COVID Response Super Star – Week of Sept. 17

Last week, we launched a new recognition effort for the people and teams who have stepped up and worked very hard to ensure UIS has risen to this extraordinary challenge.

Our COVID Response Super Stars for this week are Bethany Bilyeu, executive director of Student Support Services, and the rest of her team, which has worked diligently since this summer to bring the UI System testing program to our campus.

This team has led the COVID-19 effort to keep the campus informed and safe. Their outreach and contacts with the Sangamon Country Department of Public Health and the IDPH have been instrumental in providing up-to-date policies and procedures to combat the spread of the virus.