FHN Relocating SHIELD Testing Site

April 28, 2022 – Effective Monday, May 2, FHN is relocating the saliva-based SHIELD COVID-19 testing to its Acute Respiratory Clinic in Freeport. Testing will no longer be available at the Dirck Drive location.

SHIELD testing will continue to be offered from 7 - 11 a.m. each Thursday.

The Acute Respiratory Clinic is located on the east side of the lower level of the FHN Specialty Care - Harlem Avenue location, 25 N. Harlem Avenue in Freeport. Patients should enter the clinic at the Douglas Street entrance.

The move allows for increased efficiency as FHN continues to offer COVID-19 vaccination clinic events at the Dirck Drive location.

In order to get tested, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD Illinois portal located at portal.shieldillinois.com and schedule their test appointment. Please use df5brbrj for the Agency Code. Individuals can also contact 217-265-6059 for help setting up an account, creating appointments, and accessing results.

Persons must present an ID and the QR code provided when the appointment was scheduled and should not eat, drink, or put anything in their mouth for an hour before taking the test. That includes smoking, drinking, chewing gum, and using mouthwash.

Results are available within 72 hours and will be posted in the SHIELD patient portal after the lab results are completed. FHN will not be made aware of nor have access to your results; please refer to the SHEILD portal for your results. By law, positive test results are reported to the relevant public health department(s) for contact tracing.

For more information about the SHIELD COVID-19 test, visit www.shieldIllinois.com. Visit www.fhn.org/coronavirus for more information on vaccinations and local efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.