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

Last updated June 20, 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 not provided after June 29

UIS will no longer offer on-site SHIELD testing after June 29 for the university community or the public. UIS leadership will continue to evaluate the future of on-site testing and announce plans for August and beyond by mid-July. In the meantime, students, faculty and staff who want or need a COVID-19 test should seek testing via their medical provider, local pharmacies or other community-based testing sites. UIS will provide direction to unvaccinated students, faculty and staff about meeting their weekly testing requirement should that requirement continue into July. Residential students who are symptomatic and who have been exposed to COVID-19 still can seek diagnostic testing through UIS Health Services

Testing Hours/Location

Hours through June 29:

  •  Mondays: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. to Noon
  • Thursdays-Sundays: Closed

Spring/Fall 2022 Testing

As of May 16, UIS is removing the testing requirements for anyone with initial vaccination series. Exempt/vaccinated individuals must continue to test one per week until COVID-19 Executive Order 2021-22, Section 4, is lifted and the university confirms permission to end the testing requirement for this sub-group.

At-home tests do not meet the requirement for expected testing at UIS. Only lab-processed tests can meet the requirement to verify identity of the tester and are the most reliable testing method. If you test positive with an at-home testing kit, you must confirm the result with a laboratory-processed test for Public Health to register the result. This has implications for future quarantine/isolation decisions if you have an exposure or positive test result within 90 days of your infection.

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.

UIS offers SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 saliva testing for the UIS campus and 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

Effective June 20, UIS is no longer conducting in-house contact tracing for students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals who receive positive test results will not receive a call from a UIS contact tracer and instead should follow CDC guidelines for isolation. If able, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to inform others with whom they have been in close contact within 24-48 hours of testing positive so they can watch for symptoms or quarantine. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of one another for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

UIS Employees

If an employee receives a positive result, they should notify their supervisor about their absence and Human Resources about leave options and guidance for returning to work and follow the CDC guidelines for isolation.

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.

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 can upload their outside 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.