University to offer walk-up COVID-19 testing

By Connor Ciecko

The University of Illinois announced Monday the opening of two walk-up COVID-19 testing sites on campus for students, staff and faculty. These first sites will be opening at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center outdoor, and at the State Farm Center indoor.

The tests provided will be saliva tests developed by researchers at the university, which are less invasive than the conventional nasal test and do not need skilled healthcare workers to administer.

Beginning the first day of classes on August 24, the university plans to have more than a dozen test sites open campus-wide with the goal of testing 10,000 people per day. Test will be administered free-of-charge to individuals with an iCard or Illini ID from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Face masks and social distancing will be required at all locations.

The university will update hours, locations and testing information as more sites open throughout the summer. More information can be found at

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