Free drive-thru COVID-19 test site set for Thursday in Tomah

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Roxana Sauer, Medical Director of the Medical Care Centre (MVZ) takes a sample for a COVID-19 coronavirus test on a fictional patient in her car at a drive-through testing centre on March 9, 2020 in Gross-Gerau. (Photo by Torsten Silz / AFP)

TOMAH, Wis. (WKBT) — The Monroe County Health Department and Emergency Management will co-host a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Monroe County Highway Shop, 1721 Winnebago Ave. in Tomah,
The Wisconsin National Guard and the Monroe County Highway Department also are co-hosting the nasal swab test. Those tested need not be residents of Monroe County.
This testing site is open to anyone age 5 and older. Testing is for those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive.
In the case of inclement weather, the testing site will be canceled. Cancellations will be posted on the county health department’s Facebook page, website and shared with media as soon as possible.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include congestion or runny nose, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headache, fever or chills, difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, and new loss of taste or smell.
Lines may become long, and attendees need to remain in their vehicles. Bring a book or other in-car entertainment. No antibody testing will be completed at this time.
Participants are encouraged to pre-register the day of the event or register in their cars while they wait at the Wisconsin COVID website. Each person must register individually, but you can use the same e-mail address to register other family members. You will be emailed one QR code for every person registered, even if you use the same email address. Have your QR code ready when you’re at the testing site, you will need to show it to staff at least twice.
If you’re unable to register online, staff will be available to register you. No identification is necessary, you’ll be asked your name, birthday, address, phone number, e-mail address, race, ethnicity and gender. Information such as race, ethnicity and gender helps health officials pinpoint possible disparities.