Covid-19 Testing

With saliva being a reliable retainer of the Covid-19 virus, the University of Illinois formulated a 12hr rapid test program for Illini, using saliva samples. Individuals on-campus are required to test twice weekly. Results store in the McKinley Health Center Patient Portal – available conveniently for Illini through the Safer Illinois mobile application. Positive results are dispatched to the Illinois Department of Public Health and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, who contact individuals, giving further instruction on quarantine for campus and community safety.

Sandwich board sign that says Walk Up Covid-19 Testing in front of a white tent
One of University of Illinois’ Walk-Up Testing Sites for Covid-19. Photo by: Fred Zwicky (Touchstone, 2020).

COVID-19 SHIELD: Target, Test, Tell team. (2021). On-Campus COVID-19 Testing. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

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Touchstone, L. H. (2020, Aug 19). Illinois validates salvia-based test for Covid-19. Illinois News Bureau.  (photo).

Contributors: Claudia Krok