SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 Saliva Testing

Information on SHIELD Illinois Public COVID-19 Saliva Testing for the Community

The free SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 community testing site has moved to

Providence Baptist Church, 2209 Clifton Ave. effective Monday, Sept. 26.

For more information, visit or call 217-265-6059.

Do not call UIC or the College of Medicine Rockford for information on appointments or test results. Call SHIELD’s 24-hour patient hotline any time at: 217-265-6059.

Testing information for UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford students, staff and faculty

College of Medicine Rockford COVID-19 Information

(updated August 2, 2022)


COVID-19 vaccinations remain required. Vaccines are the most effective protection against serious illness, hospitalization and death. Any student, staff or faculty member on campus who is not fully vaccinated must have an approved COVID-19 vaccination exemption and must be tested for COVID-19 through the on-campus SHIELD Illinois test site on two non-consecutive days per seven-day period.

Medical students must upload a copy of your vaccination/booster card to Castlebranch.

Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology students must send a copy of your booster/vaccination card to Noel Pycior, MS, FNP-BC, director of Student Health and Wellness at [email protected]

Find a COVID-19 Vaccine or Booster:

  • Search
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829.
  • Call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you.
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination walk-ins or appointments are available.
  • Contact your state or local health department for more information.


Masks were previously required everywhere indoors on campus with the exception of when someone was alone in an office or room. Now, masks will only be required in the following areas:

  • Classrooms
  • Lecture centers
  • Research labs
  • The library and
  • Health care settings (including Student Health and Wellness, MERIT, Winnebago County Jail and the Winnebago County Juvenile Center)

Instructors/lecturers may take off their mask to lecture when greater than 6 feet from the audience/students.

Masking is highly encouraged in other settings, including at events, but it is a choice based on personal risk. People wear masks for all kinds of reasons, such as in preparation to visit an at-risk individual, so please be respectful of those choosing to mask for whatever their reasons may be.

This Rockford campus policy follows the University of Illinois Chicago’s current policy on masking. If and when further UIC guidelines are issued, we will update you.

(Updated October 4, 2022)


If you are ill, have symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 stay home.

  • Students must contact Student Health Services for guidance and clearance to return to school at 815-395-5870.
  • Faculty and staff must call Employee Health Services for guidance and clearance to return to work at 815-395-5789.
    • Faculty and staff should also let their supervisor know if they are not reporting to work.

* *  If you are waiting for a return call from either department and you have not already completed saliva testing, please report for testing.

If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, please contact 911 for guidance.


COVID-19 saliva testing for students, staff and faculty continues to be available on campus and at the UI Health Mile Square Health Center-L.P. Johnson Rockford and the Winnebago County Justice Center. For additional information about mandatory testing groups, preparing for the test and obtaining test results, visit the COVID-19 saliva testing webpage. 


Those traveling on essential university businesdomestically and internationally must follow COVID-19 university travel guidance.

Personal travel no longer needs to be reported to Employee Health Services or Student Health Services. However, you are urged to follow guidelines from the U.S. Department of StateCDC Illinois Department of Health guidelines, and the City of Chicago for travel in the United States. The University strongly urges UIC community members to avoid personal travel to any country with a CDC Level 4 risk designation.

Entering and Exiting the Building

Do not enter or exit through:

  • Student Health and Wellness North Building red awning entrance (unless you are a patient or work there).
  • Any entrance but the Main Entrance after 5 p.m. or on weekends.

OK to enter or exit through:

  • Main Entrance without checking in/out at the reception desk before 5 p.m. on weekdays. After 5 p.m., enter through the Main Entrance only and sign in with the security guard at the desk. If you signed in when you entered the building after 5, you must sign out with the security guard at the Main Entrance. This is for security purposes so the guard knows who is in the building in case of an emergency.
  • Other entrances via key card before 5 p.m.

Eating and Drinking

Eating and drinking are not allowed:

  • Health care settings
  • Research laboratories
  • Classrooms
  • Lecture halls
  • Where signage indicates

Eating and drinking are allowed:

  • Campus areas other than those listed above
  • Eating and drinking is now permitted at university-sponsored events – on or off campus – outside of health care, research and instructional settings. Event organizers must provide spacing for any seated eating to allow for distance from those outside of a social circle or household when unmasked.
  • When offering a buffet, servers need to be provided who are masked and gloved available to serve the food.
  • Boxed lunches are no longer required. However, everyone needs to stay seated while eating.

Visitors on Campus

The campus is not open to the public. Visitors are welcome to come to campus for approved or registered campus events or if invited to campus by a department to engage in any of the activities below. The list of approved visitor activities is intended to provide examples of suitable visitor activities; it is not meant to be exhaustive.

  • Business and education operations (including interviews, scheduled meetings, guest lectures, etc.)
  • Research collaboration
  • externally contracted work
  • student support
  • admission events
  • student internship programs
  • approved or registered athletic events, social events, academic events
  • construction and maintenance tasks
  • other business and education operations

Visitors should not enter if they are sick.

Events on Campus

Campus colleges, departments, offices or student organizations that would like to plan or resume any in-person activity, must submit a Rockford Re-Open form if the meeting or event will have:

  • more than 25 in-person attendees from the campus community, or
  • outside visitors, or
  • if food is being consumed or distributed.

Please continue to submit requests for rooms through the room reservation system. When planning your events, be certain to contact building services to ensure the room is set up safely and cleaned as appropriate.

The Rockford Recovery Committee and the Dean reserve the right to cancel previously approved events as needed.

Event sponsors should track all attendees to the greatest extent possible. For contact tracing purposes, event attendees must include name, email, and phone numbers.


University Business Travel

The University requires all travel for essential university business domestically and internationally to be pre-approved. Please see the policy here:
You will be required to include the approval email in your Chrome River documentation for travel expenses.


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