UI opens COVID-19 testing to university family members

by Shelbi Voss

Chancellor Robert J. Jones announced that the university’s saliva test is now available for family and household members of faculty, staff and students. The wider-spread testing is one of the first times that those outside of the university community will have access to the program.

SHIELD CU is a campus-community partnership program with OSF Healthcare. The program was developed around the saliva test at the UIUC campus and the OSF HealthCare digital resources for those who test positive. The aim is to reduce the community positivity rates and allow businesses, schools and activities to safely stay open. Users will be required to download the Safer Community app, which will log their test results, similar to the Safer Illinois app. Results are expected to take between 12 and 48 hours to complete. Along with the Safer Community app, results will be reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health and Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, who will contact users if they test positive.

Eligibility for the testing program calls for family and household members who are eight years old or above. They must enter the UIN of the faculty, staff, or student relation from the university. Their approval will then depend on verification by that university sponsor in their Safer Illinois app.

Although testing for campus community members is free, those who plan to test with the SHIELD CU program will be charged $10 per test. A bill will be mailed to the home address of the university sponsor on the second business day of the month, with payment due on the 28th of the month. Payment can be submitted through mail, online, and UI-Pay options. There is no required testing schedule or frequency for family members, but the SHIELD CU team recommends testing at least once a week.

Participants in the SHIELD CU program can only test at the State Farm Center. Testing will open on April 2.

All questions can be directed to SHIELDcu@illinois.edu.