Testing will be mandatory for all students and employees who are not vaccinated beginning the week of October 18th. Dual credit and fully online students are exempt from testing. Employees who are objecting for personal reasons, Human Resources will contact you at a later date and time.
For those individuals who are not vaccinated, we have partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide saliva based COVID-19 tests to our students and employees. Employees who are vaccinated are also encouraged to test for regular surveillance.
What is SHIELD Illinois?
SHIELD Illinois is a University of Illinois program whose goal is to share the innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the rest of the state. The process requires individuals to simply deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial, which usually takes less than five minutes, and provides results within 24 hours of samples reaching a SHIELD Illinois lab.
Testing Process and Steps You Need To Know
Before You Arrive for Testing
Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Test results will be posted in the patient portal after the lab results are completed.
- Bring your Employee or Student ID for verification -
Create your SHIELD IL Portal Account
In order to view test results, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD IL portal.
If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s) and wish to see their results, please first create a portal for yourself then add your minor(s) as dependents to your account.
- Schedule test time in the SHIELD Portal
- Don't eat or drink 60 minutes prior to arriving
- Arrive at the designated location
- Complete sign in and consent form
- You will be issued a test and once complete, return as directed onsite
- Review results on SHIELD portal once posted and schedule next appointment
Locations and Dates
Refer to the following for testing locations and days/times.
Please create a SHIELD account on the portal prior to testing.
IECC has 4 Testing Sites - One at Each College
Appointment should be scheduled through the SHIELD Portal. Walk-Ins will be accepted, but may take more time.
Frontier Community College
Lincoln Trail College
Olney Central College
Wabash Valley College