ShieldCU To Open COVID-19 Testing To Community At Parkland College

Updated: 7 days ago

The University of Illinois saliva-based COVID-19 test is now being offered within various colleges in Illinois, allowing for more access to community members.

After the onset of COVID-19 cases in 2020, the University of Illinois and OSF HealthCare partnered up to reduce the rates of positivity and restore the health of the community by gathering a team of community scholars using science-based approaches. The partnership, otherwise known as SHIELD CU, was formed around their innovative creation of the saliva-based COVID-test approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration, initiated in August 2020.

In a mass email announcement sent by SHIELD CU, they say testing is free for the community 8 years or older at the Parkland Community College and the State Farm Center. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the University of Illinois collaborated and agreed to push for this expansion to make it available at colleges and schools to deploy across the state.

According to the University of Illinois Newsroom, the agreement—funded by the state from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security(CARES) Act and the American Rescue Plan—allows for about 49 community colleges to provide testing and become community testing sites for Illinois residents. The SHIELD Illinois community testing sites that are active now are Black Hawk College, Heartland College, Lincoln Land Community College, Oakton Community College, and Sauk Valley Community college (with more to come).

The Safer apps give access to your results with no enrollment charge required. The Safer Illinois app is for students and staff at the university; the Safer community app is for families and households of university employees and students.

Enhancements to the SHIELD CU program, as stated in the announcement, are below:

  • Parents and guardians with minors can access multiple family accounts within a single log in using the Safer Community app.

  • The Safer Community app now offers the option to print or email test results.

  • Those who are unable to use the Safer Community app may still test by registering in person and getting their test results by phone.

If you are interested in receiving a COVID test, the test site information can be found below:

State Farm Center 1800 S. First Street, Champaign Sun: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Closed for lunch between 11:30 a.m. and noon

Parkland Community College M-4 parking lot tent 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign Mon, Wed, Sat: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More information about SHIELD CU can be found on their website:

You can also contact them through their email if you have any questions:

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