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