On-campus COVID-19 saliva testing

Throughout the pandemic, UIC has relied on COVID-19 saliva testing and contact tracing programs to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among our campus community. UIC now offers the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test on campus.

Who should test

Mandatory COVID-19 testing is required for:

Surveillance testing is strongly encouraged for:

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.

Testing locations

UIC offers the SHIELD Illinois saliva-based test at Student Center East, Student Center West and the Behavioral Sciences Building, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please arrive 15 minutes before closing.

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

Before the test

Taking the test

Do NOT take the saliva test:

Saliva test results

Test results will be available using SHIELD Illinois’ “Point and Click” system within 48 hours. You must create an account (using Agency Code flames22) to view your results. Test results will no longer be available in UI Health MyChart.

If you have questions about your test, contact the SHIELD Illinois patient hotline at 217-265-6059. 

UIC Healthcheck and Daily Pass

The UIC Healthcheck and Daily Pass tools are no longer used on campus, effective May 9, 2022.

Contact tracing

The UIC contact tracing team is responsible for contacting students, faculty and staff who test positive using on-campus saliva testing, 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.

Contact tracing has shifted to increasingly email-driven operations (rather than telephone-based) to streamline operations and ensure rapid sustained service to the UIC community. Closely monitor your UIC inbox on a daily basis for any communications from contact tracing, uic_contact_tracing@uic.edu. Some individuals who test positive for COVID-19 may still receive communication by phone, 312-355-2555.

Contact tracing hours of operation are:

Everyone who tests should update their university contact information using the following resources:

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

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 notify any UIC employee or student who may have been exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 through email. Every effort will be made to keep the name of the infected individual confidential. The communication will include a link to a brief survey which will provide the person with tailored quarantine, testing and symptom monitoring based on their responses. These responses will be closely monitored for any indication of individuals requiring additional support and guidance. Persons with significant exposures to the infected individual or who are not up to date on their vaccinations will be asked to quarantine based on current UIC quarantine policy.

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

For additional information about Contact Tracing classroom procedures:

Eligibility

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

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.