Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) Community Testing Location FAQs

Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) Community Testing Location FAQs

Is the test done at CRCE different than the test done at Illini Union?  If so, what is the difference and why?

The test done at CRCE is provided by SHIELD Illinois.  This test differs in the time you are asked to refrain from eating/drinking/smoking before testing (60 minutes), specific items used to procure the specimen, and where the test is taken for processing. More details on these differences can be found in the SHIELD FAQ section of our Knowledge Base.

Will the SHIELD test at CRCE meet the UIUC campus requirements for testing compliance?

No.  At this time, those needing to test for compliance can not use the SHIELD test offered at CRCE.

Who can test with SHIELD at CRCE?

Anyone!  Students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome to test with SHIELD free of charge.  This testing site is open to the UIUC community and the public.  While this test will not meet compliance needs for UIUC members, it will give testers an accurate PCR test for free with results available within 24-48 hours.


Where should community members test?

Community members or members of the public with no UIUC testing requirement should use the SHIELD test at CRCE.  This test is available Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm free of charge to anyone who needs to test.  Individuals can make an appointment through their Patient Portal, or they go to the site during testing hours and they will be processed as a walk-in.  Either is acceptable.


Will I get my results from the McKinley app?

Your results for the SHIELD test done at CRCE will not appear in the McKinley app.  You may access your results in your private SHIELD Illinois Patient Portal.  Only you have access to these results.  They are not released to anyone on the UIUC campus or your medical provider.  You can print the results to share them with anyone you would like.


Why will we not get our SHIELD results through the McKinley app?

SHIELD Illinois does not utilize the McKinley Health app and the McKinley Health Center does not provide the test. 


Can we do the PCR test at home and bring it back to this site?

SHIELD does not offer unobserved or at-home testing at the CRCE community testing location. 

Are antigen (at home/rapid) tests available at the SHIELD testing site in CRCE?

No.  SHIELD does not provide antigen tests.  Antigen tests are available to UIUC community members who show an active ICard elsewhere on campus and at the front desk of CRCE.  More information on those locations can be found here