Testing When You Are Sick or Have Been Exposed

On-campus Testing

Any employee or student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to COVID-19 may test on campus at the Student Health Center using the free SHIELD Illinois saliva-based PCR test. Please do not go to the SHIELD testing site in the Holmes Student Center if you are symptomatic.

Testing for those with symptoms or who have been exposed is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

  1. You must schedule your appointment through the SHIELD Illinois portal and choose the “NIU ‘Sick Only’ Student Health Center” location only.
  2. At your appointment time, go to the west side entrance of the Student Health Center (near the parked police vehicles) and present your QR code from the SHIELD portal to check in. Do not use the main building entrance. This is not an appointment with a health care provider at the Student Health Center.
    • Students who would like to be seen for a medical evaluation should call Student Health Services directly at 815-306-2777.
    • Employees who want to see a doctor for a medical evaluation should contact their primary care physician.
  3. Do not eat, drink or smoke for 60 minutes before you test. Also avoid brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, chewing gum and artificially colored energy drinks for at least one hour before submitting your saliva sample at the test location.

Prior to your appointment, please complete the COVID-19 Screening Checklist.

Testing Entrance

Do not enter the main entrance of Health Services building. Use the west side entrance of the Student Health Center (near the parked police vehicles). 

Map of Health Services Building - Arrow pointing to west entrance

Off-campus Testing

Additional testing locations can be found through the following sites:

At-Home/Over-the-counter (OTC) Testing

NIU will accept an over the counter (OTC) at-home COVID-19 test if you have a photo of your test result. If you test positive, we encourage you to confirm results with an official lab test or contact your provider. You can get an official lab test through the Sick-Only testing outlined above.

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