Updated: August 4, 2020 - 4:30 p.m. CST


Dear Student,

This email is to inform you about Millikin University's COVID-19 testing options.
  • Millikin is partnering with CVS Health as an accessible option for testing Millikin students.
  • Students may also choose to test at their preferred provider.
As a reminder, Millikin’s testing criteria may require a student to be tested prior to, or after, arrival on campus. Please make sure you complete Millikin’s pre-arrival screening questionnaire as soon as possible so that we may send you personalized instructions for testing, should you be required to test.
Who is required to take a COVID-19 test?
  1. Any student who is traveling from a state, or has been living in a region of risk, where cases have been significantly elevated as determined by our hot spot listing.
  2. Any community member who has been actively working in or visiting a health or congregate care facility, jail, homeless shelter or other residential setting where risk may be elevated.
  3. Any community member who has been working in a high-risk profession where clusters of infections have been identified (such food processing facilities).
  4. Any community member who has utilized air travel in the last 14 days, or who will travel to Millikin University by commercial airline.
  5. Any community member with a symptomatic or positive COVID-19 case in their household in the last 14 days.
  6. Any community member with known exposure to a person with COVID-19 or exposure to a person with COVID-19 symptoms.
  7. Any community member who is currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Receiving COVID-19 testing from your preferred provider
We will offer students the option to obtain their COVID-19 test at a local hospital, pharmacy or public health department of their choice as long as testing can be completed in the timeline instructed. If students choose to test on their own, they must bring their negative test results with them to campus and submit them to the Millikin-Memorial Clinic (via online portal) upon arrival to campus.

Scheduling an appointment through our CVS partners
If you are required to have a COVID-19 test, you will receive an email with specific instructions on how to schedule an appointment for your test. Keep in mind that testing is available by appointment only and can be obtained through any one of the 1,400 CVS drive-through testing sites in the United States.

Taking the test
Upon arrival at the designated CVS Pharmacy location, please stay in your car and follow the posted instructions at the site. You’ll be greeted by a trained CVS Health colleague who will check your Millikin Student Identification Card and other basic information. For the COVID-19 test, you’ll remain in your car and perform the swab test under supervision.

Receiving the results
After you complete your test, your results will be available online through CVS MyChart in about 2-4 days (lab samples are sent to an offsite laboratory and typically returned within 2-4 days). You’ll receive more information about registering for a MyChart account as part of the testing process. Your test results will be shared with the Illinois Department of Public Health, your primary care provider and Millikin.

Next steps
If the test result is negative, you should be able to return to campus activity as scheduled. Should your test be positive, we will ask that you refrain from returning to campus, or shelter in place in your campus residence, whichever is applicable, for a 14-day period.

If you are selected for testing, be on the lookout for an email with more detailed info, and remember: your Big Blue Family is here to support you every step of the way. We can’t wait to see you (masked up and from a distance) in a few weeks.


Raphaella Prange
Vice President for Student Affairs