blog posts Rivian donates $500,000 to support SHIELD Illinois testing Mar 25, 2021 10:00 am The University of Illinois System received a $500,000 donation from Rivian to support the recently opened SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 testing lab at Illinois State University, which is located within five miles of the electric automaker’s factory in Normal. Community colleges in Illinois now have option to provide free covidSHIELD tests to state residents Apr 19, 2021 10:45 am Community colleges across the state now have the ability to provide the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 test at no cost to any state resident who wants one. CDPH to utilize innovative covidSHIELD test in select city schools Jun 1, 2021 10:45 am The University of Illinois System today announced that it will begin providing its innovative saliva-based covidSHIELD test to select K-12 Chicago schools through funding from the Chicago Department of Public Health. Illinois K-12 public schools can access free SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 testing Aug 5, 2021 10:45 am The llinois Department of Public Health announced that it has expanded access to free COVID-19 testing to al K-12 public schools across Illinois outside of Chicago, which received its own funding. More than 1,200 Illinois K-12 Schools have signed up for SHIELD testing Aug 24, 2021 10:15 am More than 1,200 K-12 schools across the state have signed up to use the SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 saliva test for the start of the 2021-22 academic year. More than 650,000 students in Illinois will now have access to the test. How some schools are using weekly testing to keep kids in class Sep 23, 2021 10:30 am This NPR story features Hillside school, who is using SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 saliva testing for their students. CDC endorses Test to Stay strategy piloted by IDPH, SHIELD Illinois Dec 20, 2021 8:15 am A new CDC report published today confirms that the Test to Stay program, created locally by IDPH and operated by SHIELD Illinois, can help keep kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) students in the classroom. SHIELD Illinois launches free testing site at DePaul's Loop Campus Jan 18, 2022 4:30 pm SHIELD Illinois, the University of Illinois System’s in-state, non-profit COVID-testing unit, is partnering with DePaul University and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to launch a free community testing site at DePaul’s Loop Campus. SHIELD Illinois spreads across Illinois, providing more testing sites Feb 9, 2022 8:30 am The program SHIELD Illinois, which originated at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in fall of 2020 to provide efficient saliva-based testing to students and faculty, has now expanded all across Illinois. Spit Equity Feb 23, 2022 8:00 am Chicago Magazine—University of Illinois mobile labs scattered across the country can process up to 10,000 COVID-19 tests a day, with a turnaround of often under 12 hours. The testing medium? Not nasal swabs, but vials of spittle. Inside the massive SHIELD testing operation Mar 2, 2022 10:00 am WTTW visited the SHIELD Illinois testing site at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora and one of the SHIELD Illinois labs in North Chicago recently to take a look inside the massive operation. ISU students, faculty and staff contribute to massive testing effort Mar 23, 2022 8:45 am Illinois State University's COVID-19 testing lab is part of the University of Illinois System's SHIELD Illinois network and conducts tests on saliva samples from its community along with local community colleges, school districts and employers in the Bloomington-Normal area. COVID spit tests may be more accurate and easier than nasal swabs Mar 28, 2022 10:30 am An article in Scientific American discusses how saliva PCR tests developed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and others may detect infections earlier in the course of an infection. SHIELD Illinois opens two free COVID testing sites in Chicago May 17, 2022 3:15 pm SHIELD Illinois opened two additional free community testing sites in Chicago this month, bringing its total number of locations statewide to 44. The sites are located at Northeastern Illinois University’s locations in the Bronzeville and El Centro neighborhoods. SHIELD program a model for effective pandemic management, data show Jun 9, 2022 9:00 am A new paper in the journal Nature Communications details the innovations in modeling, saliva testing and results reporting of the SHIELD program that helped mitigate the spread of the virus at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the surrounding community. SHIELD has been deployed in schools and communities across the state through the U of I System's SHIELD Illinois unit, and around the world through the university-related organization Shield T3. IDPH to offer free covidSHIELD tests for public schools for 2022-23 school year Jun 14, 2022 2:00 pm The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced a renewed agreement with SHIELD Illinois that offers every public school outside of Chicago the opportunity to use the University of Illinois System’s innovative, saliva-based COVID-19 testing platform at no cost for the 2022-23 school year.