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COVID-19 Saliva Testing for UIS Students, Faculty and Staff

Last updated June 11, 2021

Effective June 14th:

  • *NEW* Summer Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays only. (Closed all other days)
  • *NEW* Location: Student Union, first floor, west entrance
  • *NEW* Before your first visit: Create an account on the SHIELD Illinois/Point n Click portal
    • Agency code for Employees: uils-rpiyhcri
    • Agency code for Students: uils-s6edywze

All UIS students, faculty and staff who currently learn, live, work or train on the UIS campus—including UIC and UI System individuals—must participate in weekly COVID-19 testing, except those who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine (two weeks out from final dose) and have uploaded their vaccination record to Medicat. Those who are learning or working remotely and are not otherwise scheduled to be on campus do not need to participate in weekly testing. Any student, faculty or staff learning or working remotely and visits campus for any reason must report to the testing site when they come to campus, at least once per week; this does not apply to fully vaccinated individuals who have uploaded their vaccination record to Medicat.

The free saliva-based testing is for non-symptomatic individuals who are not isolating due to COVID-19.

UIS sends test samples to a certified Springfield lab for processing as part of the SHIELD Illinois program. Testers must set up a Point n Click account for establishing appointments and accessing test results.

Effective May 17, UIS is sending test samples to a certified Springfield lab for processing as part of our transition to the SHIELD Illinois program. This adjustment requires a new method for providing test samples (including a new check-in process and smaller tubes) and a new health portal (Point n Click) for accessing your results.

After establishing your Point n Click account, testers can make an appointment through the portal for the approximate time they plan to visit the testing site; please note, you can visit the testing site any time that day and are not tied to the specific appointment time. The Point n Click portal will produce a QR code to show the testing site staff. If an individual is not able to make an appointment ahead of time and get a QR code, they should visit the testing site and sign in with a staff member.

Results will be sent to an individual’s Point n Click portal within 12-18 hours. Any UIS student or employee who receives a positive test result should self-isolate and await a phone call from UIS contact tracers early the following morning.

FAQs for UIS Students, Faculty and Staff (PDF)

SHIELD Illinois Registration Instructions:

COVID-19 Saliva Testing for Community Members

Hours & Location:

  • Starting June 14: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays only in Student Union. (Closed all other days) Parking marked in Lots G & J.

To pre-register visit the SHIELD testing website and use agency code “df5brbrj” when creating an account.

In partnership with SHIELD Illinois, the UIS COVID-19 saliva testing site is offering free COVID-19 tests to the public.

Please note:

  • This is for non-symptomatic individuals who are not isolating due to COVID-19.
  • All samples will be sent to a Springfield lab, with results sent to each individual tester or their guardian within 18 hours.
  • There is no age limit to participate in SHIELD testing; however, because of the smaller collection tubes used by SHIELD, younger children may require more time to deposit their sample. If you are bringing a minor to test, please follow these directions (PDF) to create a family account.
  • All visitors must wear a mask as they enter and leave the testing site.
  • Testers are not to eat, drink, use tobacco, brush their teeth, or use mouthwash 60 minutes prior to submitting a sample.

We strongly encourage community members to make a testing appointment before they visit UIS by pre-registering. Visit the SHIELD testing website and enter agency code “df5brbrj” when creating an account..

SHIELD Illinois Registration Instructions:

Community members will receive test results directly to their testing portal within 12-18 hours of testing, accessible via a web browser.

Type of Test

The UI System-developed test is a saliva-based Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. PCR tests are considered the gold standard—with the highest sensitivity for this type of infection. It can detect the virus in people who are asymptomatic and/or individuals early in the course of disease, which makes it an exceptional screening tool. The PCR test UIS uses has less than a 0.3% false positive rate.

Sample Collection

Refrain from eating, drinking, tooth brushing, mouth washing, gum chewing and using tobacco for 60 minutes before submitting your sample.

All staff wear the appropriate personal protective equipment. Social distancing and face-covering requirements must be followed at the collection site. Face coverings may only be lowered to provide the sample.

Test Results

Results are expected in approximately 18 hours or less. All initial positive tests and failed tests are re-tested to ensure the validity of the result.

If you receive inconclusive results, please retest at your earliest convenience.

UIS Contact Tracing

Contact tracing for UIS students, faculty and staff will be conducted by the UIS Testing Team. Employees and students must cooperate with contact tracing efforts. The UIS Testing Team will reach out to anyone in the UIS community deemed a close contact and direct them to quarantine.

UIS Employees

UIS employees can participate in testing during scheduled work hours without loss of pay. To ensure that the operating needs of the college/unit are met, employees should get approval from their supervisor before arranging to visit the testing site.

If an employee receives a positive result:

  • The UIS Testing Team will reach out to an employee if they are positive soon after it gets results and tell them not to come to work, or to leave work if they are on campus.
  • The employee will be instructed to not to be at work even if feeling fine. Employees must follow all directives to isolate, including adhering to HR guidance for returning to work.
  • The employee should not break quarantine or isolation for testing, or go to the on-campus testing site if they have symptoms.
  • The employee will be directed to notify their supervisor about their absence and Human Resources about leave options and guidance for returning to work. HR will reach out to the unit leader/supervisor to ensure the employee is not at work.

Contact your direct supervisor and/or Human Resources if you believe an employee is not following COVID-19 protocols.

UIS Students

If a UIS student is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home and contact Health Services and/or their primary health-care provider. Symptomatic and/or exposed students should not visit the saliva testing site and instead work with Health Services regarding the need for testing.

If a student receives a positive result:

  • The UIS Testing Team will follow up with the student by phone.
  • The student will receive instructions by the UIS Testing Team on how to follow UIS protocols for isolation/quarantine.
  • If a residential student receives a positive test result after 5 p.m. Monday-Friday or on a weekend, they should contact the Administrator On-Call for the Department of Residence Life at 217-206-8100 to facilitate their isolation process. Similarly, if a residential student receives a call from SCDPH directing them to isolate or quarantine after hours or on a weekend, they should contact the Administrator On-Call for the Department of Residence Life at 217-206-8100.

Students may use an outside vendor for COVID-19 testing at their own expense (as long as they are not breaking isolation or quarantine) and can upload their testing documentation to their patient portal, similar to immunizations. These students should notify Health Services of any positive results.

Any person who believes that a student is not following COVID-19 protocols may contact the Dean of Students.