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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 Testing

Western Illinois University continues to provide rigorous testing for the Western Illinois University campus community. In conjunction to the WIU testing site located at the University Union NE metered lot, we continue to partner with the Illinois Department of Public Health for several testing dates located at the Tanner Circle.

COVID-19 Testing Schedules

WIU-Macomb Testing Schedule
Testing Site

WIU’s free testing site is located in the lower northeast metered parking off of Murray Street behind the University Union building. The testing site is open from 8am-12pm on most weekdays unless otherwise noted in the scheduling platform. Testing can be done either through drive through (preferred) or by walk-up.

Testing Dates

At this time Western Illinois University has moved to surveillance testing with a population of the campus community being selected each week for a COVID-19 test. Individuals selected for surveillance testing will receive information on how to setup an appointment via WIU email. If an individual is selected during the surveillance testing phase who has previously been positive for COVID-19, they should notify the Beu Health Center 309-298-1888 to make testing providers aware and to receive additional guidance.

Things to Know:
  • Simple nasal swabs will be used.
  • You will be called within a couple of hours of taking the test with your results. If you are positive, an email will be sent within a few hours for all negative test results.
  • No cost for testing.
  • Testing at this location is limited to current WIU students, faculty, and staff only. All participants must make an appointment unless otherwise noted.
  • You do not need to bring your insurance card.
  • Members of WIU Athletic teams should not test at this location and instead follow instructions provided by the WIU Athletic Department regarding testing.
IDPH McDonough County Testing Schedule
Testing Site

The Illinois Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the McDonough County Health Department will host a series of free drive-thru COVID-19 test dates on the WIU-Macomb campus on select dates in the Tanner Circle, located in the far-east section of Q-Lot. All members of the WIU community, and members of the Macomb and surrounding communities, are invited to participate in these testing opportunities and can pre-register to make the process quicker.

Testing Dates
  • Wednesday, February 17th, 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, February 25th, 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, March 4th, 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, March 11th, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Things to Know
  • Pre-register at https://rebrand.ly/idph
  • Simple nasal swabs will be used.
  • You will be called with results within 4-7 days.
  • No cost for testing.
  • Bring your insurance card, but you can still be tested if you do not have insurance.
  • Anyone can get tested! You don't need to have symptoms or be sick.
WIU-Quad Cities Testing Schedule
Testing Site

The WIU-QC testing site is a pickup and drop-off location located at Riverfront Hall.

Testing Dates
  • Week of February 8-11: Monday, Feb. 8 - Thursday, Feb. 11, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m & Friday, Feb. 12, No Distribution and Collection
  • Week of February 15-19: Monday, Feb.15 - Thursday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m & Friday, Feb. 19, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m
  • Week of February 22 - 26: Monday, Feb. 22 - Thursday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m & Friday, Feb. 26, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m
Things to Know
  • This is a saliva based test where individuals will spit into a tube.
  • Please do not eat, drink, chew gum, use tobacco products or brush your teeth at least 30 minutes prior to performing the test.
  • No cost for testing.
  • Testing at this location is limited to current WIU students, faculty, and staff only.
  • Please return the test as soon as possible after completion.
  • You will be emailed the results of your test between 36-48 hours after returned. If you are positive, you will receive a phone call from WIU Beu Health Center.
IDPH-Rock Island County Testing Schedule
Testing Site

The Illinois Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the Rock Island Health Department, is scheduled to host a free drive-thru COVID-19 test site at the TaxSlayer Center from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on specific dates at www.richd.org. All members of the WIU community, and members of the Quad Cities communities, are invited to participate in this testing opportunity.

Things to Know
  • Pre-register at https://rebrand.ly/idph
  • Simple nasal swabs will be used.
  • You will be called with results within 4-7 days.
  • No cost for testing.
  • Bring your insurance card, but you can still be tested if you do not have insurance.
  • Anyone can get tested! You don't need to have symptoms or be sick.
Additional Testing Sites

The Illinois Department of Public Health, as well as the Test Iowa initiative, provide several testing clinic locations that are also available throughout the state. Members of the campus community who reside in another state, should reference their state's respective health department website for additional information and guidance related to testing site locations.

Testing Plan and Phases

Western Illinois University is committed to testing all members of the WIU Community for COVID-19. 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.

Baseline Testing

As the university reopens for the semester, several different populations will be returning to campus from a variety of different locations. Baseline testing is directed towards certain populations that may run at a higher risk of infection or transmission. The intention behind baseline testing is to be able to quickly identify those who may be asymptomatic and remove them from the population before a chance of spreading occurs.

Open Testing

Open testing provides testing opportunities for all members of the University Community. Certain days throughout the semester are designated as open testing days where any faculty, student, or staff member can obtain a COVID-19 test free of charge. Information pertaining to open testing dates/times will be communicated through WIU email.

Surveillance Testing

As the semester progresses, the University will transition into a subsequent phase of testing called Surveillance Testing. A sampling of the WIU population (students, faculty, staff) will be selected at random each week and be provided directions on how to obtain and complete a COVID-19 test free of charge via WIU email.

Antibody Testing

At this time the University is not recognizing antibody testing as a relevant measure of an individual having had the virus. Reasons for the decision are noted below:

  • It remains uncertain to what degree and for how long individuals with antibodies (neutralizing or total) are protected against reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 or what concentration of antibodies may be needed to provide such protection.

  • Serologic testing should not be used to determine immune status in individuals until the presence, durability, and duration of immunity are established.

  • The presence of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies indicates a previous infection and possibly at least some degree of immunity or protection against future SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, until the durability and duration of immunity are established, it cannot be assumed that individuals who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, including total antibody, IgM, IgG, or IgA, are protected from future infection.

  • Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about grouping persons residing in or being admitted to congregate settings, such as schools, dormitories, or correctional facilities.

Beu Health Center will not offer this testing option until the presence, durability, and duration of immunity are established.

Test Results

Results will be dependent on the type of test being administered and the entity that facilitates the test. For testing completed on campus, it is the goal that test results be turned around within just a few hours. Testing that requires specimens to be sent out to a third party lab are anticipated to have results returned within 36-48 hours.

Anyone who has a positive COVID-19 test result will be notified by phone by Beu Health Center regardless of testing method. Those who test negative will receive notification, however it is dependent on the modality of the test and the entity that processes it. Individuals should follow the instructions provided at the time of test administration on how to properly receive test results.

Testing Method
  • Saliva based test from CRL Laboratory (QC Campus): Processed by CRL Laboratory in Lenexa, KS. 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.

  • BD Veritor or Binax Now Nasal swab test from WIU-Macomb Campus: Processed onsite on the WIU-Macomb campus. Individuals will receive a phone call if their test is positive from Beu Health Center. Those that test negative will be notified through an email informing them they have a message in the secure portal. When they log in they will have the notification of a negative test result. Individuals who test positive using this method may be subject to an additional confirmation test as directed by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

  • Tests administered through Beu Health Center, Health Department, or Hospital: Individuals will receive a phone call if their test is positive. The administering entity will provide information on how to obtain results.

Individuals who test positive must isolate for 10 days. The ten day count begins on the day the test was administered. 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.

Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19

Individuals who have had COVID-19 should not get tested for up to 3 months after recovery 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 a student or employee of WIU is selected for surveillance testing and has been positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days should not schedule an appointment. Questions can be directed to rmep@wiu.edu.

WIU COVID-19 Dashboard

Cumulative information pertaining to testing results and updated campus COVID-19 statistics will be hosted on the wiu.edu/coronavirus webpage. All data presented on this dashboard encompasses the results from testing completed ONLY on the campus of Western Illinois University.

The reason that the dashboard information displayed only pertains to the testing completed on WIU's campus is due to the following:

  1. We only receive positive data from the health dept. and do not receive negative result information.

  2. Of the positive data we receive and that is reported by the Health Department, not all are current students. We have had some situations where former students were submitted by mistake.

  3. Several of the Health Dept positive tests that have been submitted are duplicates of the WIU positive cases. We have had several situations where a student tests both at WIU and off-campus.

A comprehensive dashboard providing details as it relates to COVID-19 related cases within McDonough County can be accessed here. Information pertaining to Rock Island County can be accessed here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why wasn’t testing required to move into the residence halls during the fall semester?

Significant changes related to COVID-19 have occurred over the last 6 months, including the availability of testing supplies and test processing. In August, WIU did not have the same capabilities that we have today.

If I am selected for surveillance testing, is it required?

Testing is voluntary and not required, however, if the University determines that a certain population or affiliated group may be at risk and they receive to test, the University reserves the right to restrict access to campus facilities and events.