Student data represent those students who were tested at an on-campus site. Results from Athletics, Student Health Services, and screening test sites on campus are reported. Screening tests have been available to asymptomatic students since the start of the semester on August 17. Mandatory randomized testing of students in University Housing began on September 21, and all Illinois State students who visit campus are strongly encouraged to be tested.
The dashboard is updated daily at 1 p.m. Central Time. Cumulative data are reported as of the start of the fall semester (August 17).
Data are based on test results received from contract lab between 12:00 am and 11:59 pm the previous day for all on-campus testing (symptomatic and asymptomatic). COVID-19 tests are collected Monday through Friday, but results reported are not representative of the number of tests collected for a specific day due to variable lab processing times.
For countywide data, visit the McLean County Health Department's COVID-19 page.
Repeated negative results from the same individual are included in the number of tests conducted. Multiple negative results show that the person has not developed COVID-19 over the period between tests. This is particularly important to know for the populations that are tested regularly because of their contact with patients in a clinical setting, and for student athletes.
Lag times between collecting the sample and our receipt of results can vary from 1 to 5 days, although in most cases the results are received within 3 days. As of September 16, the average lag time for all tests is 1.7 days.
Illinois State reports on lab results received during the previous day (from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.). The contract lab also simultaneously reports the results to the McLean County Health Department, but their processes result in a delay in updating the publicly-available case numbers. Over time, all the Illinois State results will appear in the Health Department's reports.
Faculty/staff cases are self-reported, but typically only positive results are reported to Illinois State. We cannot calculate a positivity rate for faculty/staff because we do not know how many tests of faculty/staff have been conducted.
The University has a contract with Reditus Laboratories to conduct approximately 1,500 tests per week. Illinois State is paying for the cost of each test conducted on campus at the rate of $100 per test.