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Summer 2022 COVID-19 Update

July 14, 2022

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – While Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently lifted the COVID-19 Executive Order, the testing clinic at Western Illinois University remains in place to ensure the health and safety of the University community.

Testing is no longer required for unvaccinated individuals; however, University health and risk management officials encourage continued testing, particularly because of the sharp increase in positive cases in the region and state. Western is currently using antigen nasal swab testing (self-administered simple swab around each nostril) on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses. This testing method allows users to self-administer a test and get the results within 15-20 min. Appointments are not required.

Test Clinics

Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
University Union Sandburg Lounge

WIU-Quad Cities
Thursdays, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Riverfront Hall Reception Desk

Home Testing

With the availability of COVID-19 test kits, individuals who test positive using a home kit should complete the WIU COVID-19 Self Reporting Form.

Positive Test Result Protocol

Individuals who test positive must isolate for at least five days. After the initial five days, the individual will administer another antigen test and if that test is negative, they can return to University activities/work. If the test is positive, the individual will continue isolation until day 10. After 10 days, no further testing is required.

Vaccines & Boosters

It is the University's expectation that all members of the campus community receive their COVID-19 vaccine and any available boosters.

Safe and effective vaccines exist, and local health departments, pharmacies, doctor's offices, and hospitals will provide these, often at no charge. The University will continue to partner with local health departments to provide information, vaccine clinics and health-related services.

Face Coverings

While face coverings are no longer required at WIU, with the exception of Beu Health Center and test clinic sites (and in select locations when asked to wear), individuals should make the choice that is best for them. Assumptions should not be made regarding vaccination status or positivity. Individuals who are asked to wear a face covering in an office, department or classroom are expected to comply.

Fall 2022

The WIU COVID-19 Response Team continues to evaluate and refine protocols for Fall 2022. Updates will be communicated as they are finalized.


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