Free COVID-19 tests for those with symptoms set for Monday at Western
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Western Technical College will host a community COVID-19 testing site with drive-through and walk-up options from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until tests run out Monday, June 8.
The free nasal swab testing event is open to La Crosse County residents 5 and older who are experiencing any of these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell.
Even those with mild symptoms are encouraged to attend. If testing kits run out before the end of the event, updates will be shared to County Health Department’s Facebook page and the COVID-19 website.
Antibody testing will not be conducted at this event, for which Western is partnering with the city of La Crosse, the County Health Department and the Wisconsin National Guard.
Additional testing will occur with local emergency responders by appointment.
After being tested, people should return directly to their homes and isolate themselves until they receive their test results and pending further guidance from public health. Isolation means stay home, separate yourself from other people and wash your hands often.
People will be notified of their test results by phone within three to seven days.
Those planning to attend should be aware that there may be lines, and participants need to remain in their vehicles. Bring a book or other in-car entertainment. This testing site also will offer a walk-up lane for those without vehicles.
Participants should follow directions provided at the site.
The weather is expected to be very warm on Monday, so those who attend should bring water and sun protection.
Testing still is available through local healthcare providers for people who are experiencing any of the symptoms.
Participants with questions about the event can call the COVID-19 Call Center at (608) 785-6240 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional updates, including a traffic entry point map with additional directions will be added to the COVID website and to the health department’s Facebook page in the upcoming days.
Participants should review the information before attending.
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