SHIELD ILLINOIS SALIVA TEST

SHIELD Illinois is a screening testing program and infrastructure that deploys the University of Illinois’ innovative saliva test across the state.

SHIELD ILLINOIS SALIVA TEST

SHIELD Illinois is a screening testing program and infrastructure that deploys the University of Illinois’ innovative saliva test across the state.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

LOW COST

The SHIELD Illinois test costs $20-$30, compared to $100+ for a standard nasal swab test. SHIELD Illinois testing is free to nearly all school districts in Illinois.

EASE OF USE

The saliva-based test is non-invasive and does not need medically trained personnel to collect samples.

FAST NOTIFICATION

Current notification time for the saliva test is less than 24 hours, compared to a 2-3 day turnaround time for most currently available tests.

LAB NETWORK

SHIELD Illinois has developed a network of seven dedicated labs across the state, which ensures it can provide fast results.

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Our Process

SHIELD Illinois is a screening testing program and infrastructure that deploys the University of Illinois’ innovative saliva test across the state.

Step 1

After checking in at the collection area, an individual deposits a small amount of saliva into a vial using a funnel. The person then screws on the vial’s cap and moves toward the exit.

Step 2

The person then places their vial into a rack, sanitizes their hands, and leaves the collection area. The entire process typically takes less than five minutes.

Step 3

After checking in at the collection area, an individual deposits a small amount of saliva into a vial using a funnel. The person then screws on the vial’s cap and moves toward the exit.

Step 1

After checking in at the collection area, an individual deposits a small amount of saliva into a vial using a funnel. The person then screws on the vial’s cap and moves toward the exit.

Step 3

Samples are then transported to 1 of 7 SHIELD Illinois labs. The samples are then tested according to the covidSHIELD process, which has emergency use authorization from the FDA.

FDA Emergency Use Authorization

The University of Illinois System received emergency use authorization (EUA) on Feb. 24, 2021, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for covidSHIELD, its innovative saliva-based COVID-19 test. covidSHIELD requires only a small sample of saliva and detects three genes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with very high sensitivity and specificity.

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SHIELD Illinois uses a saliva-based test that is easy to administer, scalable, sensitive and specific to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

It was designed by Urbana-Champaign researchers Martin Burke, Paul Hergenrother, Timothy Fan, Fadi Alnaji, Christopher Brooke, Kelsie Green, Robin Holland, Diana Rose Ranoa, and Leyi Wang, who created a testing and strategy they named SHIELD.

This effort was supported by Chancellor Robert Jones, Provost Andreas Cangellaris, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Susan Martinis and their leadership team.This effort was supported by Chancellor Robert Jones, Provost Andreas Cangellaris, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Susan Martinis and their leadership team.
This method of targeting, testing, and telling is currently being used at all three universities within the University of Illinois System. SHIELD Illinois is working to deploy this testing strategy throughout Illinois and nationwide. Read more about the Illinois-developed saliva-based test.

Current notification time for the saliva test is only six to 12 hours whereas turnaround time for currently available tests is around two to three days, or longer.

The test produces rapid results at costs significantly below current alternatives such as nasal swabs. Through cost and speed advantages, the saliva tests can increase access to testing and control spread of the virus by identifying pre- symptomatic and asymptomatic carriers.

About Our Test

Developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, covidSHIELD requires only a small amount of saliva from an individual and provides results within 24 hours.

SHIELD Illinois’ leadership team has decades of experience leading complex, fast-moving organizations, which has helped create a nimble team that can mobilize resources quickly to protect Illinois communities.

SHIELD LEADERSHIP

Frequently Asked Questions

01.

What is the University of Illinois’ role in the SHIELD program?

SHIELD Illinois is a COVID-19 screening testing program and infrastructure designed to help safely open schools, protect workplaces, and save lives. This specific test was designed by University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers and was supported by the university’s leadership team. Our mission as a land-grant institution is to use our capabilities and resources for the public good by deploying this method of targeting, testing, and informing beyond the U of I System to the entire state of Illinois.

02.

What does it mean to be operating under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)?

The test has gone through the rigorous review process of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against an extensive set of well-established requirements/parameters; authorization means the covidSHIELD saliva test fulfilled all the requirements of the FDA before being authorized for use in CLIA-certified laboratories for COVID testing, specifically during public health emergencies such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.

03.

Are you testing for anything else? Is my sample held or DNA tested?

The covidSHIELD test only targets specific COVID-19 markers and is not able to test for other communicable diseases, substances, or DNA. Once testing is completed, test specimens are safely and permanently destroyed by being placed in biohazard containers, securely stored, and incinerated by hazardous materials personnel.

04.

Who sees the patient’s results?

This is an important question. Only you or your parent/guardian, the lab and the ordering physician have access to an individual’s test results. By law, positive test records are also reported to the relevant public health department(s) for contact tracing. If an organization is set up to receive results for their constituents (e.g., a school or an employer), then their assigned administrator will have access to those patients’ results. This is only done with patient consent.

05.

What does SHIELD stand for?

The test developers came up with this name to evoke the concept of putting a protective shield around the University of Illinois campus.

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Find a nearby testing location

Find a community testing site where anyone can get a free SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 test.

Contact Us

For more information, contact us at shieldillinois@uillinois.edu

shieldillinois@uillinois.edu