Testing Information

ILLINOIS MANDATE FOR WEEKLY TESTING OF UNVACCINATED STUDENTS AND PERSONNEL

Executive Order 2021-22 mandates that unvaccinated higher education students taking in-person classes and university personnel need to submit a weekly COVID-19 test result to their institution. As recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, unvaccinated Lewis University students and employees will need to test weekly with a PCR, not a rapid antigen, test.

WEEKLY COVID-19 TEST SUBMISSION INFORMATION

To help comply with Illinois Executive Order 2021-22, unvaccinated Lewis University students and personnel can submit their weekly COVID-19 test results to the myLewis App BEFORE 6:00 p.m. on Thursday of each week. Submitted results should be from tests administered no earlier than Sunday prior to the Thursday deadline of that week. If you have a positive result, you will need to also submit those to the tile “Positive Test Result Report”.

WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTING AT LEWIS UNIVERSITY

PCR COVID-19 testing for Lewis University students, faculty, and staff is available 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in Memorial Hall on our Romeoville Campus. There are no out-of-pocket costs with insurance or use of federal programs for the uninsured. Visit the Lucid Laboratory Services  website to register for a test. Walk-ins will be accepted. Please bring your insurance card and/or ID. Results are typically provided to students and employees within 24 hours.

WEEKLY COVID-19 TESTING FAQS

Do I have to have medical insurance?
As a courtesy, Lucid Laboratory Services submits claims to your medical insurance or HRSA federal funding directed toward COVID testing. Credit card information is not needed to schedule an on-campus test.

How do I make an appointment?
Visit Lucid Laboratory Services website to schedule an appointment and pre-register. Walk-ins will be accepted but appointments are recommended.

Where is the testing being conducted?
Testing is being conducted in the Big Red Room of Memorial Hall on the Lewis University Romeoville campus. Watch for signage as to the entrance/exit doors designated for testing.

What kind of COVID-19 tests will be administered?
Nasal swabs will be used for the PCR testing.

Are swabs sterilized with ethylene oxide (EO) used for testing?
Lucid Laboratory Services uses COVID-19 testing swabs not sterilized with ethylene oxide (EO).

Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to be on campus?
In accordance with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's vaccine mandate executive order, Lewis University students and employees who are unvaccinated are required to take a weekly COVID-19 test.

What if I test positive?
If you receive a positive result, you will need to immediately begin isolation. Residential students are asked to return to their home setting if possible. Please upload your test result to the tile labeled “Positive Test Result” and a team member will reach out to provide guidance for when you are clear to return to campus.

Should I be tested even if I don’t have symptoms?
Testing is open for everyone regardless of symptom status. If you have been experiencing symptoms, please disclose those to the testing screener upon entry.
Illinois Executive Order 2021-22 mandates that unvaccinated higher education students taking in-person classes and all university personnel need to submit a weekly COVID-19 test result to their institution. As recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, unvaccinated Lewis University students and employees will need to test weekly with a PCR, not a rapid antigen, test.

I am feeling sick/have COVID-19 symptoms. Can I visit campus to get tested?
Yes. Lewis University students and employees can make an appointment, per the process outlined above, on the Lucid Laboratory Services website. Please let the screener or testing entrance staff know of your symptoms. You may be asked to report your symptoms through the myLewis app.

Should you test after you are fully vaccinated?
The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs of symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status. Visit the CDC website for the current guidance for those who have had close exposure to someone that tests positive. Quarantine criteria is based on vaccination status, including if a booster has been received.

How do I submit the results to Lewis University?
Unvaccinated Lewis University students and personnel can submit their weekly COVID-19 test results to the myLewis App tile BEFORE 6:00 p.m. on Thursday of each week. Submitted results should be from tests administered no earlier than Sunday prior to the Thursday deadline of that week.  Be sure that any upload is in the jpeg format (I.e. from a phone camera) and that your name, date of test, indication that it is a PCR test as well as the result is clearly visible.

Illinois Executive Order 2021-22 mandates that all unvaccinated higher education students taking in-person classes and all university personnel need to submit a weekly COVID-19 test result to their institution. As recommended by the Illinois Department of Public Health, unvaccinated Lewis University students and employees will need to test weekly with a PCR, not a rapid antigen, test.

What should I do when I get the results? 
If your PCR test result is negative and you do not have symptoms, you likely are not currently infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.  If you have or begin to have symptoms, especially if you were in a high risk setting or had a known exposure, you may need to test again.  Contact the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline Team (myLewis App or covidhotline@lewisu.edu) for advice.

If your test is positive, even if you do not have symptoms, you are considered infected and likely infectious (I.e. can spread the virus to others). It is required that you isolate, or separate yourself from others, even if you or others are vaccinated.  Report your positive test result to the myLewis app and isolate from others. A team member will reach out to you.

If your result says “Retest” or “Indeterminate”, there may be a delay in your test result and it is being re-run. It may also be possible that your test was not able to be read for some reason. Especially if having symptoms, you may want to access another test while waiting to see if you will receive a result of a retest.