Update on COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7

The university has been working closely with the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) to monitor local cases of a new COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) variant known as B.1.1.7.  View the full message to students, faculty and staff.

Massmail: Submit your positive off-campus COVID-19 test results

Undergraduate and graduate students who test positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus location should submit their positive off-campus COVID-19 test result through the MyMcKinley Portal. Please submit your positive results well ahead of the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester to ensure a smooth transition. View the full message.

Massmail: New COVID-19 test tubes to speed results

Beginning this week, individuals will be asked to use a straw to provide a saliva sample into a smaller test tube instead. The shift in process will provide benefits to our on-campus testing process, including: A more efficient, automated process Faster lab processing of test results Fewer invalid/inconclusive results Reduced plastic waste View the full… Continue Reading

Text messages for faculty/staff who test positive

Beginning today, if you are a faculty or staff member and you test positive for COVID-19, the university will send you a text message shortly after your test is processed. The message will look like this: This is the University of Illinois COVID-19 SHIELD TEAM 30. Your most recent COVID-19 test is positive. You must… Continue Reading

COVID-19 Testing Locations & Hours for Fall and Winter Break

On-campus testing will continue to be available throughout the rest of the Fall semester and Winter Break. As always, be sure to check the testing location page or your Safer Illinois app before testing at your usual location. Please stay up-to-date on your testing schedule if you are continuing to reside in the community. All… Continue Reading

Massmail: Important Fall Break and Spring 2021 guidance

Faculty, students and staff were sent important updates on new COVID-19 requirements and precautions we are taking in the next several months, with special instructions for those students who are required to participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program. There is also guidance on changes to the Spring 2021 schedule. View the student message. View… Continue Reading

Massmail: Increased undergraduate enforcement of COVID-19 safety guidelines

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Shield testing program has provided real-time data about on-campus testing results and any emerging trends, and its experts recently noticed a concerning upward trend of positive COVID-19 cases among undergraduate students. To break the cycle, for the next two weeks the university is intensifying discipline efforts and swiftly removing individuals… Continue Reading

New on-campus COVID-19 testing data dashboard available

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has released a new data dashboard that displays daily information about the university’s on-campus COVID-19 testing program. The dashboard displays the number of tests performed on a given day as well as the positivity rate. View the On-Campus Testing Data dashboard.

Illinois validates saliva-based test for COVID-19

The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign announced in a news release: “The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign is now performing its new rapid, saliva-based COVID-19 test on all students, faculty members and staff. The university validated its laboratory-developed test under CLIA by successfully comparing its performance to an FDA Emergency Use Authorized test.” This approval will allow… Continue Reading