SHIELD Testing Program

SHIELD testing is a saliva-based COVID-19 PCR test developed by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

SHIELD testing is FREE, non-invasive, and provides quicker results than most PCR tests. 

Upcoming Holiday Closures

Richland Community College’s COVID-19 SHIELD Test Site will be closed on the following days:

January 16th in observance of MLK Jr Day

SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 Testing at Richland Community College

Location: West Wing of Campus: W167. Parking is available in Parking Lot A.

Testing Hours have changed:

  • Monday 9am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday 9am-2pm
  • Wednesday 9am-2pm
  • Thursday 9am-5:00pm
  • Friday – Closed
  • Saturday – Closed
  • Sunday – Closed


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Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: What you should do before testing

  • Hydrate! Drink water up to 30 minutes prior to testing. Dehydration makes it harder to produce saliva.
  • Then … don’t eat, drink (including water) or smoke for 30 minutes before you test! Also avoid tooth brushing, mouth washing, and gum chewing for at least 30 minutes before submitting your saliva sample at the test location.
  • Mask up  When entering the testing location, you are required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.


Download the app:

Click here to download the SHIELD Illinois app for iOS

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Click here to download the SHIELD Illinois app for Android

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The test is FREE!

Testing Location and Parking

SHIELD testing is located at West Wing: W167 at the Richland Main Campus. Parking is available in Parking Lot A  and signage will help direct you.

Testing Results

Test results will typically be available within 24 hours of the test and communicated to  the individual who was tested. You will receive a text and/or email from SHIELD Illinois when your results have posted.

Your Privacy

We’re happy to advise that SHIELD Illinois technology enforces systematic security access controls which protects electronically collected participant information and results data from unauthorized access or harm.

In addition, mandatory privacy training, periodic security awareness, and procedural physical safeguards in place help to mitigate the risk of SHIELD Illinois authorized personnel from mishandling or abusing of samples for purposes other than reporting mandated data to the state health department. As such, unauthorized (3rd) parties aren’t allowed to use samples or access personal info of SHIELD Illinois participants.

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