Illinois State University has partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide saliva-based COVID-19 PCR tests for Illinois State University students, faculty and staff and their dependents, ISU retirees, and campus volunteers. The tests are free of charge. Samples are processed at ISU’s SHIELD laboratory, with results typically provided within 24 hours.
Assistance with each step is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling the SHIELD Illinois patient support line at 217-265-6059.
Only individuals being tested should enter a testing center.
Monday-Wednesday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday: 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 5 a.m.-6 p.m.
Please note: Testing for ISU employee dependents, retirees and volunteers is available ONLY at the BBC Activity Room. Dependents must identify themselves. Dependents who are minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Students and employees must bring their Redbird ID card to get tested.
The University uses a COVID-19 PCR test as the primary on-campus asymptomatic testing method. For those experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms or who believe that they were exposed to a person with COVID-19:
After scheduling your appointment, a single-use QR code for the appointment will be displayed. You will be required to display this code at the testing site. Be sure to take a screenshot, print the page, or log into the portal when arriving at the testing site. The QR code will also be sent by email to your ISU email account.
Registration is only offered onsite at the BBC Activity room for a SHIELD COVID-19 test.
Bring an Redbird ID Card and the QR Code to the appointment. Individuals are not able to eat, drink, or put anything in your mouth one hour prior to taking the saliva-based test. This includes the use of tobacco or smokeless tobacco, drinking water, mouth wash, etc. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test.
During the visit you will provide a saliva sample following the instructions of the testing staff. Watch a video for hints on providing saliva samples.
Test results will be posted in the patient health portal after the lab results are complete within 24 hours of providing the sample. Notifications of the availability of results will be sent to your ISU email account.
Students should contact Student Health Services at (309) 438-7676 and employees should contact their healthcare provider with any questions about your results.
If students need to quarantine or self-isolate, the McLean County Health Department will provide documentation, including a Quarantine/Isolation Letter to students.
See the full policy on Excused Student Absences due to Communicable Disease at the University Policy & Procedures website.