FHN approved as one of Illinois’ SHIELD testing sites

Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 4:00 PM CST
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FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) - FHN has been approved to become one of the State of Illinois’ Covid SHIELD testing sites.

Developed by the University of Illinois, Covid SHIELD is a protocol for doing inexpensive saliva-based COVID-19 testing in designated laboratories. The process bypasses the RNA extraction step common to many COVID-19 tests, which speeds up the test process, reduces the cost and avoids supply chain challenges.

Testing results will be available within 72 hours of the samples being delivered to the SHIELD testing facility. The test is simple and free.

After checking in with a collection site staff member and showing proper identification, participants receive a vial into which they should deposit a small amount of saliva. The participant places the vial in a collection rack and may then leave the site. Participants should not eat, drink, or put anything in their mouth for an hour before taking the test. That includes smoking, drinking, chewing gum, and using mouthwash.

Testing will be free and open to the public via online appointments through the SHIELD Illinois site. Tests will be offered from 7 – 11 a.m. Mondays and from 2 – 5:30 p.m. Thursdays at FHN’s COVID-19 vaccination site, 1763 S. Dirck Drive in Freeport.

Results will be shared confidentially with the individual and, with their consent, their assigned administrator.

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