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Updated Guidance for Morton College on COVID-19

On Thursday, August 26, 2021, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-20, COVID-19 Executive Order No. 87, which makes it necessary for all educators and staff working pre-K through college, college students, and health care workers to be vaccinated or have their first dose of a two-dose series or their single-dose vaccine by September 5, or undergo COVID testing at least once a week.

Vaccinated individuals will be able to upload their vaccination card to a secure portal, and unvaccinated individuals must agree to abide by the safety protocols. Students whose classes are fully online (no in-person classes) are exempt from the mandate. Specific information about how students and employees will need to provide proof of vaccination, on-site vaccination clinics, and other compliance-related protocols will be finalized and shared as soon as possible. 

Additionally, masks are required for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at all times when on our campus, in accordance with the executive order mandating masks indoors for ages two and above. 

Now’s the time to get your vaccination if you haven’t already. The Town of Cicero Health Department is continuing to offer COVID vaccinations to our faculty and staff.  If you are interested in signing up for the vaccination, please email CovidVaccine@morton.edu.

We also have SHIELD IL conducting COVID testing on-site. The COVID-19 test will be administered for free.

The SHIELD Illinois test is free to Illinois community colleges and the public through an agreement with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Testing is conducted in Room 176C on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

To get tested, individuals should create an account on the SHIELD IL portal and schedule their test appointment. Please use the URL and agency code below to create your portal:

https://shieldillinoisportal.pointnclick.com/login_login.aspx

Employees: 9y0t3ugx-emp

Students: 9y0t3ugx-stu

Please bring a photo ID and the QR code provided when you schedule your appointment.

Refrain from eating, drinking (including water), chewing gum, and using tobaccos for at least one hour before submitting your saliva sample at the test site. Doing any of these things within 60 minutes of providing a sample could produce an inconclusive result and require the individual to re-test. Test results will be posted in the patient portal after the lab results are completed. 

Morton College is committed to mitigating the spread of this virus and keeping our students, employees, and community members safe. We know that vaccinations save lives, and everyone who is able to get vaccinated is encouraged to do so.  Visit the MC COVID Information and Resource webpage for more information.

Thank you all again for your continuing flexibility and willingness to do what is necessary to keep our community safe!

Morton College

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