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Fast and free COVID-19 saliva testing offered at College of Lake County through SHIELD Illinois

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published May 11, 2021

College of Lake County now offers free COVID-19 testing at the Grayslake Campus on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting May 17, 2021. Testing is conducted in Room 112 at the University Center of Lake County (UCLC), located at 1200 University Center Drive near the Washington Street entrance. CLC is one of the first community college sites in Illinois to extend free testing to anyone beyond the campus community.

The non-invasive saliva COVID-19 test simply requires an individual to deposit a saliva sample into a provided vial at the testing site. Saliva samples are then transported from UCLC to a network of lab partners who will process the sample and return results to the individual who was tested within 24 hours.

This walk-in testing is free and open to the public, regardless of symptoms. You do not need to be a CLC student, faculty or staff member to be tested. Before you arrive, you must register for an account at using Agency Code: df5brbrj.

Compared to the commonly used nasal swab test, the saliva-based test is fast, free of supply chain bottlenecks and cost-effective, because saliva tests do not require nasal swabs. Compared to other saliva tests, this saliva test skips RNA isolation, which allows for quicker results. To date, results of SHIELD Illinois studies show the saliva-based test provides results that are comparable to other COVID-19 viral test methods.

For more information about SHIELD Illinois and the saliva-based test, visit their website.

Please visit COVID-19 Reporting for the latest information about the health metrics being tracked for the CLC community.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.