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COVID-19 Saliva Testing FAQ

Regular testing of the Sauk community is a key part of the plan to return to more regular on-campus classes and events. People with a positive case can be discovered and quarantined much more quickly—often before they even become contagious. Major universities (including the University of Illinois, who developed the SHIELD Illinois test) have been using this method during the pandemic to allow for more in-person learning.

SVCC students and employees, please register for an appointment below.
   Websiteshieldilportal.pointnclick.com
   Agency Code: fntdimb8
Community members, please register for an appointment below.
   Websiteshieldilportal.pointnclick.com
   Agency Code: df5brbrj
You will need an account in the SHIELD Illinois portal to access your results. Beginning April 12, this will be the only way for you to view your results. Please contact 217-265-6059 for help setting up an account, creating appointments, and accessing results.

What test is being used? +

SVCC is using the covidSHIELD test developed by the University of Illinois. This test was granted an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 24, 2021.

covidSHIELD Fact Sheet for Patients

When and where is testing available? +

Testing is currently available 8am-12pm Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Dillon Mall at SVCC. If you are already on campus, you may access testing from the Dillon Mall. If you are coming to campus just for testing, you may just enter and exit from the Dillon Mall entrance (no need to go through the West Mall for screening).

Do I need an appointment? +

Appointments are strongly encouraged to allow for adequate social distancing. If you don’t have an appointment, you may be instructed to register and make an appointment on site.

In order to get tested, individuals should create an account on the MySHIELD portal and schedule their test appointment. Please use the URL and Agency Code below to create your portal. Once on the webpage, please select “Sign up for an account”. Do not delete this email until you have set up your account.

SVCC Students and Employees

Website: shieldilportal.pointnclick.com
Agency Code: fntdimb8
(SVCC students and employees only, your results will be shared with the College for contact tracing)

Community Members

Website: shieldilportal.pointnclick.com
Agency Code: df5brbrj

How to I create an account? +

To make appointments and view results, you will need an account set up in the web portal. To create an account, please follow the process below. If you are testing someone under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will need to create an account for themself and then add a dependent account for the minor being tested.

  1. Navigate to https://shieldilportal.pointnclick.com and click "Sign up for an account."
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  2. Enter the agency code ("df5brbrj" for community members, "fntdimb8" for SVCC students and employees) and click "OK."
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  3. Complete the information listed on screen (if a minor is to be tested, complete the information for a parent/legal guardian) and click the "Submit" button.
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  4. A code will be sent to your email address and/or phone number. This may take a minute or two. Enter the code to confirm your contact information.
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  5. You will be prompted to select a new password. After you have chosen a suitable password, click "Submit."
  6. If you are setting up an appointment for someone younger than age 18, click "Dependants" at the main screen.
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  7. To set up a new dependent, click "Add New Dependent"
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  8. Complete the information for the dependent and click "Submit."
    Important: leave the email address and phone number blank for the dependent.
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  9. To schedule an appointment or view results, click the "Launch" button next to the dependent to navigate the portal as the dependent.
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Do I need to have a negative test prior to coming to campus? +

Beginning March 29, 2021, testing is required once week for employees scheduled to be on campus regularly.

Testing is not yet required for students, but it is available and encouraged for students to test once or twice weekly—usually when you are already on campus—to help keep the Sauk community safe by finding positive cases faster.

May I get tested even if I do not have symptoms? +

Yes, in fact we encourage it! The SVCC testing program is available to anyone regardless of symptoms. Testing once or twice per week—especially if you are on campus regularly—is recommended.

Are my results private? +

You will have access to your results in a secure web portal. If you are an SVCC student or employee, your results will be shared with the College for contact tracing purposes only. In addition, like any other COVID-19 test, your results will be shared with the Illinois Department of Health.

SVCC will not have access to test results for community members (beginning April 12).

Should I test regularly even if I’ve been fully or partially vaccinated? +

It is not yet clear whether it is possible to carry and spread the virus even after being fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after second shot), so it is recommended to test regularly even after being partially or fully vaccinated.

How do I provide a sample? +

The following video demonstrates the process of providing your saliva sample for testing. You will need to refrain from eating, drinking, or using tobacco for one hour prior to providing your sample.