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COVID-19 Testing

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.

 

COVID-19 Summer 2022 Testing Plan

While Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently lifted the COVID-19 Executive Order, the testing clinic at Western Illinois University remains in place to ensure the health and safety of the University community. 

Testing is no longer required for unvaccinated individuals; however, University health and risk management officials encourage continued testing for all individuals (vaccinated and unvaccinated).

Western is currently using antigen nasal swab testing on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. This testing method allows users to self-administer a test and get the results within 15-20 min. 

COVID-19 Testing Information

WIU-Macomb Testing

Testing Site: The University Union Sandburg Lounge on the Macomb campus (Located in the basement level of the Union facility).

Testing Dates/Times:
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.    

No appointment is needed.

If individuals are unable to make it to the campus testing site during times of operation, they are encouraged other local resources in order to meet compliance.

Things to Know:
  • This is a nasal swab test where individuals will self-administer a swab into each nostril). This is not to be confused with an earlier version of nasal swab testing where the swab was administered by a clinician and up the nasal passage.
  • Results will be provided within 15-20 min.
  • No cost for testing.
  • Testing at this location is limited to current WIU students, faculty, and staff only.
  • Please bring your WIU ID with you
  • You do not need to bring your insurance card.
WIU-Quad Cities Testing

Testing Site: Riverfront Hall reception desk on the Quad Cities campus.

Testing Dates/Times:
  • Thursdays  8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

No appointment is needed

Things to Know
  • This is a nasal swab test where individuals will self-administer a swab into each nostril). This is not to be confused with an earlier version of nasal swab testing where the swab was administered by a clinician and up the nasal passage.
  • Results will be provided within 15-20 min. 
  • No cost for testing.
  • Testing at this location is limited to current WIU students, faculty, and staff only.
  • Please bring your WIU ID with you
  • You do not need to bring your insurance card.
Test Results

Individuals will find out the results of their test in approximately 15-20 min after they administer it. 

Individuals who test positive will complete the WIU COVID-19 Self Reporting Form

Individuals who test positive must isolate for at least 5 days. The 5-day count begins on the day the test was administered. After 5 days, the individual will administer another antigen test and if negative, can return to the university activities/work. If the test is positive, the individual will continue isolation until day 10. After 10 days, no further testing is required. 

For more information pertaining to isolation, please see the "Quarantine and Isolation" page.

Individuals who are Symptomatic

Any individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should NOT visit the COVID-19 testing center. Instead, individuals on the WIU Macomb Campus should call the Beu Health Center at 309-298-1888. Individuals on the WIU-QC Campus should NOT come to campus and call their primary care provider.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Remote/Online Students & Employees

Students and employees who are 100 percent remote are encouraged to still upload vaccination information.

Dual Enrollment Students

Students taking classes at WIU through dual enrollment courses are expected to follow the protocols instituted through their school district and are not required to participate in the University testing program.

Minors (Under 18)

Students who are minors and enrolled at WIU should will need to have parental approval. Please email beuhealthcenter@wiu.edu for more information.

Testing positive with a home test or at an off-campus location

Individuals can elect to conduct their required COVID-19 test using a home test or at an off-campus location. 

Individuals who test positive should complete the WIU COVID-19 Self Reporting Form

Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19

Individuals who have had COVID-19 should not get tested for up to (90) days after recovery as long as they do not develop symptoms again. 

If you are an individual who has tested positive within the last (90) days and did not receive the positive test through the University testing center, please report this  through the WIU COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.

Free At-Home Test Kits

The U.S. government has implemented a testing program that allows every residence in the U.S the eligibility to receive four free at-home COVID-19 tests. University community members are encouraged to request their free at-home test kits at https://www.covidtests.gov/.

These tests are antigen-based kits. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If I have received my first dose of a two-dose vaccine, do I need to participate in the required testing?

Yes, in order to opt out of the required testing, all individuals must be fully vaccinated. (Fully vaccinated is defined as taking any of the current three vaccine options – Pfizer (2 shots required- 21 days between shot 1 and shot 2), Moderna (2 shots required-28 days between shot 1 and shot 2), or the Johnson and Johnson (1 shot required), plus 14 days following the last shot.). In addition to these three common vaccinations within the United States, WIU will acknowledge other vaccines approved through the World Health Organization (WHO). For a complete list of WHO approved vaccines, please see above.)

May employers ask all employees physically entering the workplace if they have been diagnosed with or tested for COVID-19?

Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and there is nothing in Illinois or federal law that prohibits an employer from requiring a doctor’s note or COVID-19 test before an employee reports to the workplace. Employers may ask all employees who will be physically entering the workplace if they have COVID-19 or symptoms associated with COVID-19, and ask if they have been tested for COVID-19. Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include, for example, fever, chills, cough, and shortness of breath. The CDC has identified a current list of symptoms. An employer may exclude those with COVID-19, or symptoms associated with COVID-19, from the workplace because, as EEOC has stated, their presence would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. However, for those employees who are teleworking and are not physically interacting with coworkers or others (for example, customers), the employer would generally not be permitted to ask these questions.

Will I test positive for COVID-19 if I just got a COVID-19 vaccine?

No, per the CDC none of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines will cause you to test positive on a PCR or Antigen test.