EIU SHIELD Illinois COVID Testing
SHIELD Illinois is upgrading to a new technology system offering enhanced features. You will need to create a SHIELD Illinois portal account upon completion of the consent form here: go.eiu.edu/EIUShield.
During the summer, SHIELD testing will be done on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the same location (Court 5 of the Student Rec Center).
First, visit this page to submit your consent. After that, you will be redirected to the Shield Illinois registration page where you will register with EIU’s Agency Code:
- Student Agency Code: uudf4suv-stu
- Employee Agency Code: uudf4suv-emp
Once your account is completed, you will be able to make an appointment.
- Please select “Student Recreation Center - Court 5” for the location.
- Test results will be posted in the patient portal after the lab results are completed.
- For future tests, you can make your appointment directly through the patient portal.
ALL individuals who want to utilize SHIELD Testing at EIU must complete the new registration.
Once you have set up your portal account, you can register for a test. This creates a QR code in your patient account, and you should bring a screenshot/printout of that QR code to the appointment.
Please bring a photo ID. Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Test results will be posted in your patient portal after the lab results are completed.
As always, if participants need help creating an account, they can call the SHIELD Illinois patient support line at 217-265-6059, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
How will I be notified?
- If selected for testing, you will receive an email and a text message assigning you to a testing time. That email and text message will also direct you to an online consent form (go.eiu.edu/EIUShield). After filling out the consent form, you will be directed to the SHIELD portal to register.
- For those EIU employees who do not have regular email access during the workday, EIU will designate a few days each month reserved for this population. Those employees will be notified by their supervisors in person, through flyers on work bulletin boards, etc.
How will I get my results?
- When results are available, you will receive an email notifying you that new information is available in your MySHIELDIllinois Portal. Click the link, then log in using the username and password you set when signing up for the portal.
When and where are the tests?
- During the summer, testing will be held weekly on these days and times Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Participants will enter through the Northwest exterior doors of the building. Please do not use the main Student Rec Center doors.
- If you are selected randomly, you will be able to register for a testing time in the SHIELD Portal.
- Please note: There are stairs leading into the testing location on Court 5 of the Student Rec Center. If you need accessibility accommodation, there will be reserved parking spots outside the Rec Center doors, where you may stay in your car and be tested there. If accessibility prevents you from using the stairs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org in advance to plan for accommodation.
What kind of test is it?
- The test is saliva-based, is non-invasive, and only takes a few minutes to do.
- Individuals should not eat, drink (including water), chew gum, smoke, or consume tobacco products for one hour prior to the test.
- This Molecular LDT COVID‐19 Test is designed for use in a single laboratory to detect the virus that causes COVID‐19 in respiratory specimens, such as saliva. The testing method uses a novel PCR method developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.
What is the efficacy of this test?
- The saliva test has a specificity of 99.8-99.9%, with very few false positives. Studies to date are consistent with this saliva test not being less accurate than a nasal test.
Does the saliva test detect new variants of COVID-19?
- Yes. The saliva test developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign detects the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, including new variants that have been identified to date.
What does my test result mean?
- Negative: The virus was not detected.
- Invalid: The sample was non-optimal and could not produce appropriate data during testing at the lab. (Invalid results typically occur when non-optimal saliva samples are submitted. Before your next test, please be sure to refrain from eating, drinking, tooth brushing, mouth washing, or tobacco use for at least 1 hour prior to submitting your saliva sample. For best results, it is recommended to hydrate during the morning and get tested in the afternoon.)
- Positive: The virus was detected.
- Inconclusive: The sample was able to be processed in the lab, but was not able to definitively provide a detected or not detected result.
- Rejected: The sample was not able to begin the testing process in the lab. (This is likely due to low sample volume, the cap coming off the tube in transport or other damage to the tube, and/or extremely poor sample quality. Before your next test, please be sure to refrain from eating, drinking, tooth brushing, mouth washing, or tobacco use for at least 1 hour prior to submitting your saliva sample. For best results, it is recommended to hydrate during the morning and get tested in the afternoon.)
I already had COVID, should I test?
- People who have tested positive should not re-test for 90 days from the date of their positive test. If it has been longer than 90 days since a positive test, you should be tested.
I have been vaccinated for COVID. Should I test?
- After an individual has been vaccinated, it is still essential for them to be tested. Each vaccine has varied efficacy, and none have an efficacy of 100 percent.
If I have tested positive for COVID-19, should I retest?
- Individuals who have tested positive within the last ten days should not retest. Retesting will not result in eliminating the quarantine requirements.
I have more questions!
- If you have any general questions about the testing, please email email@example.com.
- If you are having issues signing into the portal or creating an account, call SHIELD IL Help at 217-265-6059. This is a 24/7 service. They will not release results, but they can assist people with access and supply reactivation codes/unlock accounts for patients.
- Remember, MySHIELDIllinois is NOT to be used for urgent needs. For medical emergencies, dial 911.
Having problems with SHIELD testing?
First, check all of your inboxes for an activation email from firstname.lastname@example.org (including spam and clutter).
- If you were selected to test or want to voluntarily test and you received some communication from SHIELD Illinois (email@example.com), you should call the Shield Help Desk at 217-265-6059 for assistance. They will be able to send you a new activation code to set up your SHIELD account.
- If you were selected to test/want to voluntarily test, but have not received any communication from SHIELD Illinois, you should be able to use open scheduling at the following link: go.eiu.edu/EIUShield. Then, you will be prompted to create an account with Shield to receive your results. Remember your SHIELD username and password, as you will need it to make appointments in the future.
- If you call the Shield Help Desk and they say that they do not have you in their system, you can schedule your FIRST test at go.eiu.edu/EIUShield. Then, you will be prompted to create an account with Shield to receive your results. Remember your SHIELD username and password, as you will need it to make appointments in the future.
- If you were selected to test/want to voluntarily test and this is NOT your first time using SHIELD Illinois testing at EIU, you will login with your SHIELD username and password to see your results and/or to make another appointment.
After your first time using go.eiu.edu/EIUShield or open scheduling, it will require you to log in to make future appointments.
Remember your SHIELD username and password as you will need them to make appointments in the future.