Return to Campus

Health & Hygiene

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email covid-19@wiu.edu. In addition, a comments/concerns form has been established for easy submission.

Hand Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
  • Hand sanitation stations were installed throughout campus buildings.
  • Perform hand hygiene frequently, including after touching your face covering or face, when entering common spaces, workrooms and break rooms, and while using shared workspaces, electronic devices, equipment or other tools. 
  • Additional hand hygiene protocols, including the wearing of gloves, etc, may be required in various campus settings, as appropriate.

Testing

Western Illinois University is committed to testing all members of the WIU Community for COVID-19.  Testing will be approached in two different phases (initial testing and surveillance testing).  All distribution and collection will be conducted by Beu Health Center staff and trained volunteers. Testing is not mandatory and at the choice of all individuals, however, it is highly encouraged for the safety and well-being of the campus community.  

Initial Testing

Initial testing is aimed at testing all members of the University Community, including students, faculty, and staff.  All residents living in the residence halls were distributed free test kits during move-in weekend and provided directions on how to obtain their results.  Additional free test kits for faculty, staff and commuter students were distributed and registered on both the Macomb and Moline campuses during the first week of classes. All test specimens were sent to a certified lab in Kansas where results were obtained.  

Surveillance Testing  

After the initial round of testing is completed for all members of the campus community, the University will then move into a secondary phase of testing called surveillance testing. A sampling of the WIU population (students, faculty, staff) will be randomly selected each week and be provided directions on how to obtain and complete a subsequent COVID-19 test.  All tests during surveillance testing are free of charge. This process will continue throughout the fall semester in conjunction with a third-party lab that will process all kits and provide results.

Test Results

Test results are anticipated to be turned around in approximately 36-48 hours. Anyone who has a positive COVID-19 test will be notified by phone by Beu Health Center. In addition, individuals who take a test can check their results by going online and visiting crlclear.com. Individuals will be prompted to enter the identifying information that was included with the test kit.

Individuals who test positive must isolate for 10 days. WIU-Macomb has residential facilities set up to ensure comfortable and safe accommodations for any student who must isolate. Faculty, staff and commuter students on both campuses who test positive must isolate at home for 10 days. For more information pertaining to isolation, please see the "Quarantine and Isolation" page.

Cumulative information pertaining to testing results and updated campus COVID-19 statistics will be hosted on the wiu.edu/coronavirus webpage

Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19: 

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their 1st bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms. If an individual is selected during the surveillance testing phase who has previously been positive for COVID-19 should notify the Beu Health Center 309-298-1888 to make testing providers aware and to receive additional guidance. 

Daily Health Check

Members of the Western Illinois University community will be required to answer COVID-related questions and take their temperature through an online self-checker before coming to campus and/or leaving their residence hall each day.

Students residing in the residence halls who do not have a thermometer can have their temperature taken at their respective hall information desk to satisfy this requirement of the form.

Completion of the self-checker will be required each day (including weekends) that an individual will be on campus property. If an individual is taking classes online, working from home, or does not plan on physically being on any campus property, they do not need to complete the assessment. In support of medical records requirements, medical data will not be stored. Compliance will be monitored and individuals failing to complete the self-evaluation will be notified each day.

It should be noted that all registered students, faculty, and staff that are part of the WIU Community are active in the database monitoring this process. Due to not knowing whether or not an individual is planning to be on campus, individuals working from home and/or taking classes online will still get notification reminders of the self-check as a precautionary measure. If an individual does not plan on physically being on campus, they do not need to submit an assessment and can ignore the self-check reminder each day.

Individuals who do not have access to complete the self-checker before arriving on the Macomb campus can do so at a kiosk station located at the Office of Public Safety (OPS Mowbray Hall).

Individuals who do not have access to complete the self-checker before arriving on the Moline campus can do so at a kiosk station located at the entrance of Riverfront Hall.

Visitor's/guests/vendors will be required to fill out the self-checker before coming to campus. Delivery personnel (i.e. mail, parcel, food delivery) will not be subject to the self-check process.

If information is received indicating that a student may have been exposed or has symptoms related to COVID-19, they will be contacted by a member of the Beu Health Center or Student Development and Success Center for follow-up and consultation. Faculty and staff will be directed to their health care provider for further guidance.

Online Health Self-Checker

People Who Are at Higher Risk

According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. This includes people 65 years and older and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Serious heart conditions
  • A compromised immune system, such as that resulting from cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplant, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
  • Severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher) 
  • Diabetes  
  • Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis  
  • Liver disease

Several steps and processes are being taken to protect the entire Western Illinois University Community. We recognize that individual circumstances, including age and certain underlying health conditions, can increase the risk that, if acquired, the course of the virus can be more severe.

WIU has a streamlined process for responding to individual requests for further accommodations related to COVID-19 based on personal circumstances. We may extend accommodations into the spring 2021 semester, without further requirements, as we learn more about the course of COVID-19. If you believe you may need further accommodation, we urge you to submit a request as soon as possible so we can begin working with you.

Students who need accommodations should contact Disability Resources in the Student Development and Success Center (SDSC) at SDSC@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1884.

Employees who need accommodations should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (EOA) at EOA-OFFICE@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1977.

Treatment & Prevention

If you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 including fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, unexplained loss of taste or smell, diarrhea or headache or if you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please STAY home and contact your healthcare provider or Beu Health Center (309) 298-1888.

If you are an employee, please contact your supervisor to inform them that you will be unable to report to work as expected. Students should contact the Student Development and Success Center (SDSC) at (309) 298-1884 for assistance with informing instructors and other important information.

If your healthcare provider instructs you to be tested, you should remain in isolation until test results return. If your results are negative, your symptoms are improving, and you are fever-free for at least 24 hours you may return to work or in-person classes.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should not return to work or classes in-person until:

  • Ten days have passed since onset of symptoms and
  • You have been fever-free without fever-reducing medicines for 24 hours and
  • Your symptoms are improving *Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If students are needing mental health services, they can contact the University Counseling Center (UCC) at (309) 298-2453.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

The University is very fortunate to be the host of the established McDonough County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on our campus. The EOC is serving as McDonough County’s central command and control facility during the COVID-19 pandemic and is comprised of members from local law enforcement and fire service agencies, the McDonough County Health Department, McDonough District Hospital, Western Illinois University, the City of Macomb, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board, Western Illinois GIS Center, and the McDonough County Emergency Services Disaster Agency (ESDA).

The EOC’s main responsibility is providing the strategic direction and operational decisions that are involved with emergency preparedness. Over the last several months, members of the EOC, have worked to collect, gather, and analyze data, which in turn have allowed us to develop and prepare many of the decisions surrounding the logistics involved with opening the institution. The EOC will remain active to provide further guidance and recommendations as we move through the semester.

Leatherneck Care Referral

Western Illinois University is committed to the emotional and physical well-being of all students, as well as their academic success. The Division of Student Services offers an easy-to-use tool to share nonemergency-related concerns about student behaviors and potential barriers to success. In conjunction with this system, if an individual learns that a person made need assistance due to illness related to COVID-19, they can submit a Leatherneck Care Referral.

To learn more information or to submit a Leatherneck Care Referral, please reference the Retention Initiatives website.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Based on the strong recommendations of infectious disease experts, the University is strongly recommending all individuals of the University community to receive the seasonal flu vaccine in fall 2020. More information related to flu vaccine clinics on campus will be released at a later date.

The seasonal flu vaccine is designed to prevent infections with influenza viruses, which are very different from coronaviruses. The flu vaccine will not prevent infection with COVID-19, but it can help our community better respond to the outbreak of COVID-19, by preventing seasonal flu and thereby not diverting resources needed to address COVID-19 in this time of the global pandemic.