SHIELD Illinois provides turnkey testing solutions for businesses.
Tests performed over the last year
SHIELD Illinois is the premier testing partner in the state of Illinois. The covidSHIELD test has been performed more than 6 million times worldwide over the past year and has helped numerous schools, businesses, and government entities return to safe, in-person operation.
Companies can access low-cost saliva-based PCR and rapid antigen testing through SHIELD Illinois, with a minimum purchase of 5,000 tests over a six-month period. SHIELD Illinois provides a turnkey testing solution from sample collection to secure results.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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