On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Community Health Foundation of Warren and Henderson Counties.
About the Test
Monmouth College has contracted with the SHIELD Illinois program through the University of Illinois, which uses saliva samples to test for COVID-19. This is a highly accurate test and should yield results within 24-48 hours, which will help to protect the campus community during the pandemic by helping to identify and isolate very quickly individuals who have contracted the virus.
Testing is provided at no charge to students, faculty and staff, regardless of how many times tested during the semester. College retirees may also be tested on campus at no charge.
Preparing for the Test
- VERY IMPORTANT: You must fast 60 minutes before being tested. That includes water. Your test will not be valid if you do not fast for 60 minutes before being tested.
- Those testing at Monmouth College for the first time must provide a valid phone number and email address for results.
- Subsequent testing must be scheduled using the MySHIELDIllinois account created during the first test. Testing appointments can be scheduled through the MySHIELDIllinois portal or MyChart app (available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store).
Testing is available from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the spring semester. The testing center is located on the ground floor of the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Building. Entrance to the testing center is through the East door (facing Hewes Library).
To access the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Building: Turn into the Monmouth campus on the East Clinton Avenue entrance off Sixth Street. Public parking is north of the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Building.
Those being tested will receive an email from SHIELD Illinois with an activation code and instructions on how to create a MySHIELDIllinois account. They will then be able to connect to the Epic MyChart app. The results of the tests will be given directly to the individual.
By submitting a saliva sample, participants consent to the collection, analysis and storage of their saliva specimen, and collection, storage and use of their personally identifiable health information by Monmouth College. Participants also acknowledge that SHIELD Illinois will report test results as required by law and will report test results to Monmouth College. Participants are solely responsible for the accuracy of all information they submit.
Campus Mitigation Testing
All employees and students who will be on campus during the Spring 2021 semester will be required to participate in COVID-19 testing upon return to campus and periodically throughout the semester for mitigation testing. Mitigation testing, as well as testing of symptomatic individuals or those identified as close contacts of someone with COVID-19, will occur throughout the semester at the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Building (HT).
Mitigation testing will consist of 10% of the campus community being identified for a test each week. Individuals will receive an email notification that they have been selected for mitigation testing, and they will be required to supply a saliva sample at the testing center during that week. Tests will also be available for members of the campus community who are symptomatic or who have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
Free Testing for Henderson and Warren Counties
Monmouth offers free COVID-19 testing for residents of Henderson and Warren counties. The free testing is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Community Health Foundation of Warren and Henderson Counties.
Testing is on the ground floor of the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Building. For directions and times, please read about the location and hours of operation.
Residents of Henderson and Warren counties must be at least 18 years old and provide a valid phone number and email address for results.