WCIA-TV News (June 9) – A new report, published in Nature Communications, showed that campus interventions successfully slowed the spread of COVID through the university community and reduced hospitalizations and deaths. The report showed that Champaign County saw roughly a third less COVID cases than expected between early July and late December of 2020. Champaign County also saw more than four times fewer deaths than predicted based on data from 251 U.S. counties with a major university located in them.
“The original SHIELD program on campus … spun up into SHIELD Illinois and SHIELD T3,” said SHIELD team leader Rebecca Smith. “So, SHIELD Illinois is a university system project that provides testing across the state, and SHIELD T3 is an LLC that provides our testing program outside of the State of Illinois.”