Coronavirus Update, July 15, 2022 – News

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The following post provides new information regarding health testing requirements. Health and safety standards are subject to change and are adopted as part of the University’s COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategies, as recommended by the Illinois Council on Higher Education (IBHE ), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For the most up-to-date information on the University’s approach to COVID-19, visit the coronavirus website or email coronavirus.illinoisstate.edu.

Updated testing and vaccination requirements

On July 13, the University learned that Executive Order 2021-22 had been amended to rescind vaccination and testing requirements for higher education. As a result, effective immediately, weekly testing is no longer required for most unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff.

Pursuant to Governor’s Executive Order 2021-22, healthcare workers and K-12 school staff who are not fully immunized must participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program at least once every the seven calendar days until they are fully vaccinated, and vaccination records are kept on file with Student Health Services. These include people assigned to Illinois State health care facilities and laboratory schools, including students and student workers in these fields (for example, nursing students, teaching students, students in a clinical setting).

On-Campus Testing Transition

Asymptomatic testing will remain available until July 29 for people who need to participate in testing as well as current students, faculty and staff who want to get tested. No paid time off will be granted to employees who choose to take advantage of voluntary testing. Testing options after July 29 will be communicated at a later date.

Information on testing times is available by visiting the coronavirus website.

Students with symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Student Health Services. Employees with symptoms of COVID-19 should contact their physician. Information on local COVID-19 testing options is available by visiting the McLean County Health Department website. You can also place an order for free at-home COVID-19 tests on COVID.gov.

Test appointments are not mandatory. Students and employees must register at the test center using their Redbird ID card and remain in the test center until the test result is received, usually about 15 minutes. Face coverings will be provided and must be worn in the test center.

Employees:

  • If the test result is negative, no further action is necessary and employees should return to their place of work.
  • If the test result is positive, employees should leave campus and follow the instructions provided at the testing center.
  • Employees must bring to the test center all items that they normally take with them when leaving the University for the day, as they will not be able to return to their place of work if their test result is positive.

Students taking courses on campus during the summer:

  • If the test is negative, no further steps are necessary. Students can attend classes and participate in campus activities, including campus employment.
  • If the test result is positive, students should return home and follow the instructions provided at the testing center.

Vaccination remains the best and most effective way to protect yourself and others against the coronavirus. If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, we encourage you to do so. Vaccination locations can be found near campus or your hometown. Individuals are strongly encouraged to obtain and upload proof of a booster shot when they become eligible. Submit immunization and booster records as soon as possible to the Secure Patient Health Portal.

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