University announces updates to COVID-19 testing program

The University of Illinois made several announcements recently, indicating how testing will work when students come back to campus and updates to testing locations.

All students, staff and faculty living on or near the campus will now have to take two COVID-19 tests weekly, in order to be on campus and inside any of the University’s buildings. No one will be allowed to enter the buildings until they have completed their first test and the results come back negative. Students living in University housing will still be able to go in and out of their dorm if they do not get tested, however that is the only building that they will have access to.

Students, staff and faculty will begin their twice-weekly COVID-19 testing routine starting the week of Aug. 16, or as soon as they arrive on campus after that date.

The University will send out a survey soon that will help determine the best days to take the two tests. They will work around your schedule. You are expected to follow the schedule, however there will be opportunities to change it if necessary.

If a student has online only classes, but is living in the Champaign-Urbana community, they will still have to take the twice-weekly tests in order to remain in good academic standing.

Faculty and staff originally were going to begin taking two tests this week, however, all testing facilities will be closed Thursday and Friday to prepare for the students coming back and to train new staff members.

Students, staff and faculty can still get tested during this weekend, as the Washington Park, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Illini Union 314 will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These sites are also new testing sites. The rest of the testing sites will reopen to their regular hours on Aug. 17.

Stay tuned to UI7 Live as more updates arrive.

Jose Zepeda

Jose Zepeda is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. He is now on his third year with Good Morning Illini, previously serving as director, reporter and crew member. He is also currently a digital intern for WILL, the NPR- and PBS- affiliate in Urbana and vice-president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists University of Illinois chapter. He also has his own podcast with fellow GMI-er Angelle Cortes called Just Chillin’. He brings previous experience as a features intern at The News-Gazette and as a daytime news editor at The Daily Illini. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @JoseZepedaTV.