Drive thru and walk up COVID-19 Testing at Western Tech

People wondering if they had COVID-19 are a step closer to their answer. Patients could choose to drive or walk up for their test at Western Technical College today.

Following a week of protests that drew large crowds of people, officials urge those feeling symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested. Today’s testing was free, and the test consisted of a quick nasal swab.

“Last week we saw a lot of tests come back positive, so hopefully we have a lot more people aware of the situation and are coming to get tested,” said Rachel King, of La Crosse County Health Department.

Those getting tested today had the option of a drive-thru style test, or they could walk right up to a tent.

“I think one of the reasons we focus on having that available is that we can make it accessible to anybody,” said King.

The test results are expected to be returned fairly soon, in an effort to reflect as much of the community as possible.

“There’s been a lot of delay because of how many tests are being done across the state, but I know we’re looking at about 3-5 day return,” said King.

Those administering tests at the Western site include volunteers and National Guard members.

“One of the reasons we sign up is to help the community out, so it is very very rewarding,” said Christina Baurichter, a member of the National Guard.

The testing today ended at 5 o’clock. Officials from the La Crosse County Health Department say the testing numbers will continue to be updated on it’s Facebook page.