On-campus COVID-19 saliva testing

Throughout the pandemic, UIC has relied on regular COVID-19 saliva testing, daily health screening and contact tracing programs to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among our campus community.

Who should test

COVID-19 saliva testing is required for all individuals, except for those who are fully vaccinated who have disclosed their vaccination status through UIC Healthcheck, twice per 7-day period, 48 or more hours apart, beginning Aug. 23. This includes:

Read recent communications about vaccination requirements and how to disclose your vaccination status to receive an exemption from saliva testing.

COVID-19 saliva testing at the University of Illinois Chicago. (Joshua Clark/University of Illinois Chicago)

Cost

Testing is free to all UIC students, faculty and staff.

Before the test

Students

Faculty/staff

Taking the test

Do NOT take the saliva test:

You may take the saliva test for COVID-19 after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 on day 7 or later from last exposure.

Saliva testing is for individuals who are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Appointments are preferred and may be scheduled online in advance. Walk-ins are welcome and will be first come, first served based on availability around existing appointments.

Saliva test results

Saliva test results are available in MyChart, the Patient Portal used by UI Health. 

Individuals who do not activate MyChart prior to their testing saliva appointment will be asked to sign up at the testing site. It is recommended that individuals use a NetID when setting up a login and password. If you already have a MyChart account through UI Health or another healthcare provider, the results will be sent to the email you already have established within MyChart. 

Testing locations

Main campus saliva-based COVID-19 testing sites are located at:

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Appointments are preferred and may be scheduled online in advance. Walk-ins are welcome and will be first come, first served based on availability around existing appointments.

Appointment confirmations (via phone or printed out) will be required before entry to testing sites. The last patient is accepted 15 minutes prior to closing.

Saliva testing is available at the regional campuses in Rockford and Peoria and at the Law School.

UIC Healthcheck and Daily Pass

Upon disclosing that you are fully vaccinated (at least 14 days since your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine), you will not be required to participate in mandatory on-campus saliva testing and UIC Healthcheck. Your UIC Daily Pass will remain green.

Individuals who are partially vaccinated and those who received a COVID-19 vaccination exemption are required to record their health status before coming to campus each day using UIC Healthcheck. The UIC Daily Pass shows current saliva testing status in addition to daily self-reported status. The color-coded saliva testing status, indicated by the badge, may be used as a tool to ensure staff, faculty and students are in compliance with health and safety measures.

Note: Timeframes are measured from the time of sample collection – using order date and time:

UIC Daily Pass
UIC Daily Pass

Green

Yellow

Red

**If you tested positive for COVID-19 recently at a non-UIC testing location, please report this via the UIC COVID-19 Reporting Tool.

The Healthcheck and Daily Pass reports are available to colleges and supervisors to monitor the status of employees and students. Anyone with a red Healthcheck or Daily Pass badge will be required to immediately obtain a saliva test or leave campus.

Contact tracing

The UIC contact tracing team is responsible for contacting students, faculty and staff who test positive using the COVID-19 saliva test, as well as those testing positive at University Health Services and Student Health Services, and those who self-report any other tests. UIC contact tracing counsels individuals on isolation, identifies and notifies their close contacts on campus, monitors both groups for COVID-19 symptoms, and connects individuals in need with campus and external resources to successfully complete isolation and quarantine.

If you are a student or employee, please report COVID-19 symptoms and exposures to a COVID-positive individual using the online reporting tool.

UIC contact tracing will be in touch with anyone who receives a positive saliva test or submits a positive test result within 24-48 hours of their result or submission of their results online, respectively. They will then provide regular follow-up during a person’s isolation period. UIC contact tracing will inform these individuals when it is acceptable for them to leave isolation.

A key component of contact tracing is to obtain a list of persons who may have been exposed to infected individuals. If an individual receives a positive test result it will be important to begin compiling a list of persons with whom they have been in direct physical or close contact, particularly if that involved close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, and is regardless of mask-wearing). After assembling a list of contacts, UIC contact tracing will reach out by phone to any UIC employee or student who may have been exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 in order to provide support and guidance.  Every effort will be made to keep the name of the infected individual confidential. Persons with significant exposures to the infected individual will be asked to quarantine based on current UIC quarantine policy.

For additional information about quarantine and isolation, printable fact sheets are available:

If someone in your household has recently tested positive for COVID-19

If someone in your household has been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19

Eligibility

Saliva testing is available to current students, faculty and staff with a NetID.

Urbana-Champaign and Springfield undergraduate students who participate in in-person instruction or internships in Chicago may be eligible for on-campus saliva testing at the Chicago campus. Please contact covidtesting@uic.edu to determine eligibility.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students from Urbana-Champaign who are based in Chicago for work and/or research activities will continue to be eligible for testing.

Please visit the Urbana-Champaign saliva testing webpage or Springfield saliva testing webpage for additional information.

More information

Please email COVIDtesting@uic.edu.