Testing for the TCC Community

SHS offers TCC students convenient saliva PCR testing on-demand at vending machines across campus and at SHS services during business hours. Students concerned with exposure to Covid, experiencing symptoms or worried they may have Covid may seek out testing.

Testing Process

Testing is being done using the University of Illinois’ ShieldT3 saliva PCR test. Test results will generally be available within 24 hours. Test results will be posted to an electronic portal that you will need to login to using your single sign on. If you consented, you will receive a text message notifying you when your results are available in the portal.

Anyone testing positive with the test will be presumed to have COVID-19 infection and asked to immediately isolate themselves, as per public health guidelines.

You will be contacted by the Contact Tracing department with further instructions and to determine whether you might have been in close contact with others while you were on campus. You will need to complete your isolation period and will not be allowed back on campus until you have been cleared by your primary care doctor (employees) or Student Health Services (students). After a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, you will be exempted from the COVID-19 screening program for a period of 3 (three) months.

ShieldT3 Saliva PCR Test

For the ShieldT3 Saliva PCR Test, you will provide a tube of saliva to test for COVID-19 infection.
Don’t eat, drink, chew gum or smoke within 60 mins of test—this can cause discoloration which would require you to retest. Saliva samples should be clear and filled to the proper volume. You will have to repeat the test if your tube has discoloration, mucus, or particles.

ShieldT3 Saliva PCR Test Video
Saliva Samples Diagram Here

saliva test good and bad samples

Starting August 29, the Tranquada testing site will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (no lunchtime closure). 24/7 testing is available at a Covid vending machine. Antigen testing for early release from isolation will be conducted out of SHS on an appointment only basis. Monday – Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm. Closed Holidays.

Testing Location

The Claremont Colleges tests its students, faculty, and staff primarily SHS. Pomona and Pitzer use HHB for faculty and staff and in some cases, CMC uses HHB for faculty and staff. Your institution and campus affiliation will designate which provider you test through. Please see the Testing Site Matrix below to determine your provider on campus. 24/7 testing for the entire community is available through Covid vending machines

SHS Testing Site Matrix (Updated 08/22/22)

Student Health Services (SHS) Testing Sites 

Tranquada Center – NE Patio

Test Results Electronic Portal

Test results will be posted to the Student Health Services portal at https://shshealthportal.cuc.claremont.edu/. To see your test results, you will need to login to the portal using your usual single sign-on credentials. If you consented, you will receive a text message notifying you when your results are available in the portal. Contact your local IT support if you have questions about which credentials to use.