Updated Jan. 4, 2021
New web location for health and safety resources
Early in the Spring 2021 semester, all health and safety resources at UIS will be migrated to a new web location: uis.edu/unitedinsafety. At that time, uis.edu/covid-19 (this page), created for the needs of the UIS community in March 2020, will be retired. Visit uis.edu/unitedinsafety now, and bookmark it as the new location for important UIS health and safety information. A link is also available on the uis.edu homepage.
The new web resource houses integral information, such as:
- A link to the saliva testing process, testing site hours and positivity rate
- Campus guest guidelines
- On-campus health and safety resources
- Academic resources
- Student information for returning to campus for Spring 2021
- A new communication hub with links to updates, recordings of townhalls with the Chancellor, employee need-to-knows, and more.
Spring 2021 return to campus
Students, thank you for a successful Fall 2020 semester. Everyone did a remarkable job honoring our United in Safety guidelines, and as a result, we experienced a low positivity rate on campus for most of the semester. It’s time to look toward the Spring 2021 semester, which begins Jan. 19. There are some important things to take note of now to help you prepare for a successful return to campus.
COVID-19 saliva testing
All non-symptomatic students, faculty and staff who learn, live, work or train on the UIS campus—including UIC and UI System individuals—have participated in weekly COVID-19 saliva testing since mid-August. This revolutionary test created at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign has made it possible to identify positive cases before the virus has spread to allow us to continue campus activities.
Test results are available by logging in to the Health Services portal and clicking “Messages”: go.uis.edu/patientportal
Metric thresholds and mitigation strategies have been put into place in the event the percentage of positive cases rises. However, numbers have consistently remained well below these benchmarks. Updated daily and seven-day positivity rates are reported approximately every 48 hours on the testing website.
COVID-19 Saliva Testing for Non-Symptomatic Employees and Students
UIS Health Services
**Available by appointment only. Serving COVID testing needs only for symptomatic students.**
UIS Counseling Center
Campus Support Services
Staying connected and available to our students is a top priority. Many support services remain available, though formats and hours of availability may have changed.
Public Health Hotlines
Sangamon County Department of Public Health: 217-321-2606
Illinois Department of Public Health: 1-800-889-3931 or DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV