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URBANA, Ill. (WAND) – The University of Illinois is changing COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated students and employees.

Students and staff who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 should test once a week instead of every other day. by The News-Gazette. The change will follow an August executive order from Gov. JB Pritzker, which requires weekly testing for unvaccinated higher education staff and students.

The school is keeping its “outbreak testing” protocol active, which requires residents of buildings with a higher prevalence of COVID-19 than the state average to test every other day until they be informed by the university.

During the 2020-21 academic year, all undergraduate students were required to test themselves twice a week with saliva-based tests. Graduate students, faculty and staff were tested once a week. Guidelines have changed since fall 2021, with fully vaccinated students not having to test regularly. Unvaccinated students who were granted vaccine exemptions had to test themselves every other day to enter campus buildings.

Gone is the indoor mask requirement from the U of I. This followed Governor JB Pritzker’s removal of the state’s mask mandate. People should always wear masks in college classrooms, federal transportation areas (i.e. Willard Airport, MTD buses), some campuses, healthcare facilities (i.e. i.e. McKinley Health Center) and COVID-19 testing sites.

To maintain access to the building, all undergraduate students returning from spring break must test negative for COVID-19 by Friday, March 25 to gain access to the building.

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