Rock Valley College offers free SHIELD testing to all students, faculty, staff, and volunteers.
SHIELD testing is surveillance testing and can be useful in finding asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic cases. Surveillance testing is completed once a week and life continues as usual while waiting for the results – once you test you will be allowed on campus unless a positive result is returned.
Hours for RVC students, staff, faculty, and volunteers are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please note: the testing site will be closed in observance of holidays Nov. 24 - 26 as well as Dec. 23 - Jan. 3.
In order to get tested, individuals should sign up for an account on the SHIELD Illinois portal and schedule their test appointment. (You will receive a text message for verification, so have your phone handy. For compliance purposes, sign up using your RVC email. Check your junk mail folder if you used email.) Portal Set Up Instructions
Go to Website: Portal.shieldillinois.com
Use link: Sign up for an account (under the Password box)
Use appropriate Agency code:
Agency Code for Employees: xrbmk16d-emp
Agency Code for Students: xrbmk16d-stu
The agency code is case sensitive so make sure it is all lowercase when entered on the portal website.
Fill in all information and click “Submit.”
Anyone who needs help or has problems with registration should call SHIELD’s 24/7 patient hotline: 217-265-6059.
Please plan to test when you are on campus at least once per week. If you do not come to campus regularly, test on the day you do come to campus.
Do not eat, drink, or use tobacco products, including vaping, 1 hour before your test. This will cause the test to be rejected
The testing site is located in the Educational Resource Center building in the old café location. There are now directional signs in place at each entrance to guide you to the testing site area.
updated November 3, 2021
Testing will occur Monday through Friday for students, staff, and faculty at the SHIELD Illinois COVID-19 Testing Center on the Rock Valley College Main Campus.
Hours for RVC students, staff, and faculty are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Currently the test site will remain operational until December 14, 2021.
To get in contact with the testing site during operating hours call (815) 921-1027.
New Saliva Testing Announced
Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to make an appointment for saliva testing through the SHIELD portal and you may test any time during the open hours that day (Mon. 8-5pm, Tues. 12-5pm, Wed. 8-5pm, Thurs. 12-5) even if it is not your appointment time. Just bring your QR code. If you forgot to register for an appointment, you can walk-in up to 10 minutes before the site closes. Having an appointment and bringing your QR code speeds up your time spent at the testing site greatly.
As we return to campus, ensuring the health and safety of our campus community is of utmost importance. Routine testing can help us identify infected but asymptomatic individuals and guide them for isolation to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 by catching early infections.
Before your test, do not eat, drink (including water), brush teeth, chew gum, smoke, or use tobacco products within 60 minutes of providing a saliva sample. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test.
At the testing center, you will be instructed to pick up a tube and drool into it until an adequate sample is obtained. This usually takes only a few minutes. Thinking of something sour or your favorite food may help you salivate.
The test is a PCR-based test that can be used for surveillance or diagnostic testing for COVID-19.
Test results will be posted in the SHIELD Illinois patient portal after the lab results are completed, usually the same day as you are tested.
Symptomatic students and employees should first fill out a COVID-19 self-report form by clicking here. After filling out your self-report form please register for a COVID-19 test. When arriving for your COVID-19 test please do not enter the building. Park in one of the reserved parking spots in the front of parking lot 8 of the Educational Resource Center. Once parked call the testing site at (815) 921-1027 and a worker will assist you.