How does the testing process work?
The test is self-administered
and non-invasive. After checking in with a collection site staff member, you will receive a vial to deposit
a small amount of saliva into. Then, you
place the vial in a collection rack and leave the collection site.
Who determines the testing schedule?
Your organization will work with the operations partner to set a testing schedule for your location. This will be based on the operations partner’s availability.
Unobserved Testing: Can you explain "Your sample must be returned on the same day it was collected?"
You should collect your specimen as close to the time you will be delivering it to the collection location as possible. However, you may collect your specimen up to 23 hours before dropoff as long as it is in the closed vial and stored at room ...
How often should we be testing?
Testing at least twice a week maximizes SHIELD’s ability to find infections early and break the transmission chain. However, if contact tracing is strong at your location, weekly testing can be effective. The more frequently someone is tested, the ...
What information is required to be tested?
People utilizing a SHIELD community testing site must provide an email address or phone number as identification to be tested and receive results. For testing at schools or other organizations not open to the public, the sponsoring organization may ...
How is the test specimen disposed of after testing?
Test specimens are safely and permanently destroyed once testing is completed in accordance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency rules and regulations. Negative, inconclusive, invalid, and rejected specimens are immediately discarded to be ...