Millikin University will be utilizing a three-pronged approach to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 cases on campus.
- Initial screening of all community members will be conducted prior to arrival to campus. Testing criteria* have been established to determine a community member’s need to engage in testing.
- Self-monitoring, personal protective equipment (PPE) and community health practices will be implemented.
- Contract tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols will be followed for any identified symptomatic individuals and/or positive test results.
*Millikin COVID-19 Testing Criteria:
- Any campus community member who is traveling from a state, or has been living in a region of risk, where cases have been significantly elevated or that has been identified by the CDC as high-risk. See the hotspot list at millikin.edu/health/coronavirus-and-covid-19/hot-spots
- Any campus 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;
- Any campus community member who has been working in a high-risk profession where clusters of infections have been identified (such as food-processing facilities);
- Any campus community member who has utilized air travel in the last 14 days;
- Any campus community member with a symptomatic or positive COVID-19 case in their household in the last 14 days;
- Any campus community member with known exposure to a person with COVID-19 or exposure to a person with COVID-19 symptoms; and
- Any campus community member who is currently experiencing any symptoms. Please refer to the list of symptoms below.
Beginning on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021, individuals required to participate in spring entry and/or surveillance testing should sign-up for a testing appointment on their MySHIELD portal.
You will choose Millikin as the testing site, and select a testing appointment time between 8am-11:30am, Monday-Friday. Additional testing times may appear on your device, but our testing program is restricted to 8am-11:30am at this time. Additional hours will be added at a later date. Confirm your appointment and you are all set!
If you do not have a MySHIELD account, it is likely because you did not complete the Millikin testing consent form before the holiday break. If you need technical assistance, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or walk-in to the testing clinic for assistance.
Taking the test
The Millikin Saliva-based Test Collection Site is located in Dolson Hall, off of Oakland Avenue, on the ground floor of the building, next to the campus bookstore. Parking is available. When you arrive at the site, you will be asked to present identification and confirm your test. You will then be instructed on how to collect your saliva sample, which you will do in private. A team member will then confirm your completed sample for viability, and your sample will be stored for transport. Most appointments take less than 5 minutes.
Receiving the results
After your test has been analyzed at the St. Mary’s Hospital laboratory, you will receive your results on your MySHIELD portal within 12-14 hours. Your test results will be shared with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Millikin.
If the test result is negative, you should be able to return to campus activity as scheduled. Should your test be positive, we ask that you stay in your residence until contacted by a Millikin University Contact Tracer who will provide you with next steps in the isolation and recovery process.
Symptom Monitoring Requirements
Campus community members must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 or must have been evaluated and cleared by their medical provider to be eligible to return to campus and/or attend classes. If you are sick, stay home.
All community members should self-monitor symptom onset daily to lessen the spread of COVID-19. If you have questions about your exposure, have a recorded temperature of over 100.4 degrees or have any of the listed symptoms, you should contact your medical provider for an assessment and COVID-19 testing.
Community members with temperatures above 100.4 degrees may return to campus only when symptom-free for 72 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and at least 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared, or the individual can produce a negative COVID-19 test.
At this time, symptoms include one or more of the following:
- Fever or chills
- Muscle or body aches
- Cough (worse than usual, if you have daily cough)
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Headache (worse than usual, if you have headaches)
- Scratchy or painful sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose (not associated with seasonal allergies)
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or stomach cramps
- Dizziness and lightheadedness
- Fatigue that is unusual or more severe than normal
When on campus, you may contact the Millikin-Memorial Clinic at 217.424.6360, the Crossing Hotline at 217.877.9117 or Public Safety at 217.464.8888 for assistance in being evaluated and receiving care.