Testing When You Are Sick

Any employee or student who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 may test on campus at the Student Health Center using the free SHIELD Illinois saliva-based PCR test.

Testing for those with symptoms 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. 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.

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

Over the counter (OTC) at-home COVID-19 tests are NOT considered acceptable tests for the purpose of public health surveillance or interventions.  NIU’s COVID-19 response team will not be able direct or release from isolation/quarantine based on the results of COVID-19 home tests.  If you do take a COVID-19 home test and test positive it is recommended that you talk to you health care provider and retest using a laboratory based test (e.g. PCR) as soon as possible.

Testing If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19 But Have No Symptoms

Any employee or student who has been exposed to COVID-19, but does not have symptoms, may make an appointment for the “NIU Grant South” testing location in the SHIELD portal. When you first arrive for your appointment, tell the attendant that you have been exposed when you arrive for your appointment.

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.

 

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