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

Last updated Jan. 18, 2022

If you are not a UIS student, faculty or staff member, please visit the Testing for Community Members page for information specifically for community members.

Testing Hours/Location

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to noon
  • Location: PAC Lower Level

Spring 2022 Entry Testing

In December, UIS announced an entry-testing period through Feb. 11 for everyone working, learning, living or training on the UIS campus or at a UIS facility. In light of the current surge in community transmission, UIS is expanding its entry-testing requirements.

Effective the week of Jan. 10:

If you are fully vaccinated and have received a booster …Test once per week through Feb. 10 unless otherwise announced. Your booster record must be uploaded to Medicat patient portal in order to qualify for once-a-week testing.
If you are fully vaccinated but have not received a booster …Test twice per week, at least 48 hours apart, through Feb. 10 unless otherwise announced.
If you are not fully vaccinated ...Test three times per week, at least 48 hours apart, until further notice, unless otherwise directed by the CRRT.

SHIELD Illinois Registration Instructions

Before you test, create a SHIELD Illinois account.

About the 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 test has less than a 0.3% false positive rate.

The free saliva-based testing is for non-symptomatic individuals who are not isolating due to COVID-19. UIS offers SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 saliva testing for members of the community at no charge. Learn more on our Testing for Community Members page.

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.

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

UIS sends test samples to a certified Springfield lab for processing as part of the SHIELD Illinois program. Results will be sent to an individual’s Point n Click portal within 12-18 hours.

All initial positive tests and failed tests are re-tested to ensure the validity of the result. Any UIS student or employee who receives a positive test result should self-isolate and await a phone call from UIS contact tracers. 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 healthcare 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.