UW- La Crosse opens surge testing COVID-19 site

LA CROSSE, Wis. — A surge testing site at UW La Crosse is now open for COVID-19 testing. Surge testing results are rapid COVID tests that come back in about 15 minutes.

“We know from our testing on campus we’re doing pretty well with the virus. but in the La Crosse community we see the numbers going up,” said UWL Chancellor Joe Gow.

UWL has been actively testing the university’s students and personnel, but this surge testing is open to the public.

“We are so pleased to be able to offer expanded testing, not only for our students, faculty and staff, but also community members in La Crosse,” said Gow.

The site is located on campus, in the Cartwright Center on the third floor.

“Anybody can come here above the age of five and get a rapid antigen test,” said Gow.

Not only is the testing free, but those with and without symptoms can get tested.

“Sign up for an appointment because it’s a little difficult to accommodate all the people on a walk-in basis,” said Gow.

Gow says the site has a capacity of 500 tests per day.

Although Thursday was opening day, he says it’s already being heavily utilized.

“I think the demand has been, the response, so strong today that they’ve already allocated all the times but we’ll have many more tomorrow and ongoing,” said Gow.

Chancellor Gow says the testing will be open to the public for six weeks. The testing is being paid for by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services