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About SHIELD Illinois
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. The testing and strategy created by these individuals was named SHIELD. 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.
The test is self-administered and non-invasive. After checking in with a collection site staff member, you will receive a vial to deposit a small amount of saliva into. Then, you place the vial in a collection rack and leave the collection site.
You should not eat, drink or put anything in your mouth one hour before taking the salvia-based test. This includes smoking, drinking, chewing gum, using mouth wash, etc.
Results are known within 24 hours from the time a sample is received in one of our labs.
Find a nearby testing location
Find a community testing site where anyone can get a free SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 test.