UI opens SHIELD testing to University families

By Ethan Simmons

Beginning Thursday, April 8, family and household members of current University students, faculty and staff will be able to access on-campus COVID-19 tests at the State Farm Center.

The program was originally set to begin on Friday, April 2, but it was delayed because of an “unexpected minor technical issue” with the Safer Illinois app for Android users, the UI said in a Massmail. Apple users and registered members were still able to test in the meantime.

To access the tests, family and household members must download the latest version of the Safer Community app. When prompted, family testers should enter the nine-digit UIN of their university sponsor, and the sponsor must verify the relationship in their own app.

Each test costs $10, which will be billed to the sponsor’s university account on a monthly basis. If a test comes back invalid, the sponsor’s amount won’t be charged.

Family testing is available at certain hours at the SFC: currently, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hours are subject to change, and will be posted on the SHIELD CU website. Family and household members must be at least 8 years old to test, and sponsoring faculty, staff or student must be a legal guardian to provide consent to test a minor.

Since the tests are processed separately from campus tests, results may take up to 48 hours.