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Coronavirus Update, July 15, 2022 – News

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

For the most up-to-date information about the University’s approach to COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus website or email   

 Testing and Vaccination Requirement Update  

On July 13, the University learned that Executive Order 2021-22 was modified 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.    

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-22, healthcare workers and K-12 school personnel who are not fully vaccinated are to participate in the on-campus COVID-19 testing program at least once every seven calendar days until fully vaccinated, and vaccination records are on file with Student Health Services. These include those assigned to Illinois State healthcare settings and laboratory schools, including students and student workers in these areas (e.g., nursing students, student teachers, students in clinical settings).  

Transition of On-campus Testing   

Asymptomatic testing will remain available through July 29 for those individuals who are to participate in testing as well as for current students, faculty, and staff who would like to obtain a test.  Paid release time will not be provided for employees who choose to take advantage of voluntary testing.  Testing options after July 29 will be communicated at a later date.  

Information about testing hours is available by visiting the Coronavirus website.   

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