Weekly testing is mandatory for students and employees who are not vaccinated. (Some individuals are eligible for exemption from testing - contact COVID@iecc.edu if questions or concerns regarding the need for testing.)
While testing is not mandatory for those who are vaccinated, weekly testing is strongly encouraged as the vaccines - while still the most effective tool against COVID - do not eliminate the possibility of acquiring or transmitting COVID. A high number of "breakthrough" COVID cases in vaccinated people have been recorded across the nation. Testing weekly is a good way to protect yourself and others.
IECC has partnered with SHIELD Illinois to provide saliva-based COVID-19 tests to our students and employees.
What is SHIELD Illinois?
SHIELD Illinois is a University of Illinois program whose goal is to share the innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test developed at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the rest of the state. The process requires individuals to simply deposit a small amount of saliva in a vial, which usually takes less than five minutes, and provides results within 24 hours of samples reaching a SHIELD Illinois lab.
Create your SHIELD IL Portal Account
To view test results and schedule appointments (recommended), individuals should create an account on the SHIELD Portal.
If you are the parent or guardian of a minor(s) and wish to see their results, please first create a portal for yourself then add your minor(s) as dependents to your account.
Testing Process and Steps You Need To Know
- Schedule test time in the SHIELD Portal
- Don't eat or drink 60 minutes prior to arriving
- Arrive at the designated location
- Complete sign in and consent form
- You will be issued a test and once complete, return as directed onsite
- Review results on SHIELD portal once posted and schedule next appointment
Before You Arrive for Testing
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 the patient portal after the lab results are completed.
- Bring your Employee or Student ID for verification -
Drink plenty of water up to one hour prior to testing.
- Don’t eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum for 60 minutes before your test!
- Mask up and bring your Student or Employee ID.
Testing Locations and Days/Times
Refer to the following for testing locations and days/times.
Please create a SHIELD account on the portal prior to testing.
IECC has 4 Testing Sites - One at Each College
Appointment should be scheduled through the SHIELD Portal. Walk-Ins will be accepted, but may take more time.
Frontier Community College
Lincoln Trail College
Olney Central College
Wabash Valley College