COVID Testing on the JJC Campus


Joliet Junior College has partnered with SHIELD Illinois, a saliva testing program through the University of Illinois, to offer COVID-19 testing on our Main, Romeoville, and City Center campuses.   

For frequently asked questions about how the state's vaccine and mask mandates impact JJC, visit our COVID FAQ page

About SHIELD

Getting Tested

  • Making an Appointment

    Appointments are required for community testing to allow for adequate social distancing. 

    • Testing at Main Campus is open to JJC students, employees and community members.
    • Testing at Romeoville and City Center campuses is open to JJC students and employees only. 

    *Please note, there should be no eating, drinking, smoking, or gum chewing one hour prior to taking the test.*

    For JJC Students & Employees: 

    Visit the MyJJC portal for instructions on how to make an appointment. 

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    For Community Members:

    In order to get tested, follow these steps:

    • Visit the MySHIELD portal page
    • For new visitors, select "sign up for an account"
    • Enter community agency code: df5brbrj
    • Enter your information on the account registration page
    • You will receive a code via text message once you've entered your information. In order to complete the registration process, enter the code on this site.

     

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    By scheduling your appointment, you are consenting to the release of your test results to Joliet Junior College for contact tracing purposes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the testing being conducted?

    • Main Campus (view map) | 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet
      • Lower Level J Building (J004 and J006)
      • Points of entry: Buildings A, G, U, & J
    • Romeoville Campus | 1125 W Romeo Rd, Romeoville
      • First Floor, RMA 1019
    • City Center Campus | 235 N Chicago St, Joliet
      • Classroom 1030/Flex Space 1029 

  • What time is testing available?

    Main Campus (Student, Employee & Community testing):

    • 1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet | Lower J Building (J004 and J006)
    • Monday: 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. 
    • Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 6-10 p.m.*
    • Wednesday: 6-10 p.m.*
    • Thursday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Testing Closed for Holidays:
      • Nov. 11
      • Nov. 25-26
      • Dec. 24-Jan. 2
      • Jan. 17

    Appointments are required for community testing, which will only take place on the Main Campus. The 6 - 10 p.m. time slot will only be available to JJC students and employees.

    Romeoville Campus (Student & Employee testing only):

    • 1125 W Romeo Rd, Romeoville | First Floor, RMA 1019
    • Tuesday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Testing Closed for Holidays:
      • Nov. 11
      • Nov. 25-26
      • Dec. 24-Jan. 2
      • Jan. 17

    City Center Campus (Student & Employee testing only): 

    • 235 N Chicago St, Joliet | Classroom 1030/Flex Space 1029
    • Monday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Wednesday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    • Testing Closed for Holidays:
      • Nov. 11
      • Nov. 25-26
      • Dec. 24-Jan. 2
      • Jan. 17

     

     

     

  • How do I submit a saliva sample?

    This video, courtesy of SHIELD Illinois, explains how to effectively submit a test sample during your appointment. 

  • How quickly will I receive the results?

    Results are typically received within 24 hours of the sample arriving at the lab. 

  • Do I need a negative COVID-19 test to be on campus?

    In accordance with Illinois Gov. Pritzker's vaccine mandate executive order, JJC students and employees who are unvaccinated are required to take a weekly COVID test, effective the week of Sept. 20. 

    For additional information on the vaccine mandate and operations at JJC, visit www.jjc.edu/covidfaq

  • Should I be tested even if I don’t have symptoms?

    Testing is open for everyone regardless of symptom status. We recommend everyone get tested routinely, especially if you are regularly on campus.

  • I am feeling sick/have COVID-19 symptoms. Can I visit campus to get tested?

    Yes. JJC students and employees can make an appointment, per the process outlined above, on the MyShield portal.  

    If you are visiting Main Campus for the sole purpose of getting a COVID-19 test, refrain from entering through the regular temperature screen locations, and follow these steps: 

    • Park in the J-Building parking lot on the northwest side of campus (View campus map). 
    • Upon arrival, call 815-280-2544 (the number will be posted on the signs) to confirm arrival. 
    • A staff member will come out to your vehicle to assist you with the testing process.

  • Should you test after you are fully vaccinated?

    Those who are fully vaccinated typically do not need to be tested. However, the CDC recommends that anyone with any signs of symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status. Regular testing is also recommended for a vaccinated person working or living in high density/congregate settings (i.e., dormitory, jail, homeless shelter, or food production plant). In addition, those working in health care settings should also be tested according to CDC’s guidance.