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Community Antigen Testing

Asymptomatic testing available to all

Thanks to a unique partnership between UW System and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, UW-Eau Claire is continuing to offer free antigen testing to asymptomatic members of the Eau Claire community.

By using painless, self-administered nasal swabs, we can identify people who may not know they are positive and quickly get them quarantined so they don’t spread the virus. Everyone is encouraged to register online to be tested as soon as possible and to continue asymptomatic testing as often as desired. The test is painless, easy and will help us keep everyone safer. 

Testing sites and times

Last updated Oct. 8

Eau Claire Campus: Hilltop Lounge

Location

Hilltop Lounge: 15 Garfield Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701

Testing dates and times
Registration

Registration is required. Please sign up for an appointment here: UWEC.vivi.healthcare (select "Community or UW Subcontractor" button).

Register for community antigen testing

Test results

Visit portal.uwec.vivi.healthcare to view your antigen/PCR test results. 

Appointment details
COVID Testing and Vaccine Parking Sign. Sign says: 30-Minute COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Parking. Monday-Friday. 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Parking information
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Parking Map

Barron Campus: Student Center

Location

UW Eau Claire - Barron County Student Center: Room 403, 1800 College Drive, Rice Lake, WI 54868

Testing dates and times
Registration

Registration is required. Please sign up for an appointment here: UWECBC.vivi.healthcare (select "Community or UW Subcontractor" button).

Register for community antigen testing

Test results

Visit portal.uwecbc.vivi.healthcare to view your antigen/PCR test results. 

Appointment details

UWEC student, faculty and staff testing

If you are a UWEC student, faculty or staff member, click here for antigen and COVID-19 testing information

Understanding your rapid antigen test results

To best understand what your rapid antigen test results mean, you must first determine if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  

These include: 

If you have:

If you do not have symptoms, and your rapid antigen test result is negative:

You most likely do not have COVID-19 at this time. This test did not detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, when your specimen was collected.

However, you still may be an asymptomatic carrier or acquire the virus later. If you are a close contact of someone with COVID, you need to complete your quarantine. If you are not in quarantine, continue physical distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently.

If you have symptoms, and your rapid antigen test result is negative:

You may still be infected with SARS-CoV-2. Get a confirmatory test today. PCR testing is located in the Alumni Room 350 Davies. Results may take up to four days.

While waiting for these results, isolate at home, monitor symptoms and stay in touch with your doctor. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. Isolation means that you do not go to work, school or public areas; remain in a separate room in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible; don’t share personal items; and follow all standard safety protocols.

If you do not have symptoms, and your rapid antigen test result is positive:

Get a confirmatory test today. Results may take up to four days.

While waiting for these results, isolate at home, monitor symptoms and stay in touch with your doctor. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. Isolation means that you do not go to work, school or public areas; remain in a separate room in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible; don’t share personal items; and follow all standard safety protocols.

You have symptoms, and your rapid antigen test result is positive:

You are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. You should isolate at home except to get medical care if your symptoms worsen.

Stay in touch with your doctor and monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. Isolation means that you do not go to work, school or public areas; remain in a separate room in your home and use a separate bathroom if possible; don’t share personal items; and follow all standard safety protocols.

Your rapid antigen test result is indeterminate:

There was an error with your test, and we need to repeat it. Please get retested.

If you've been told to isolate

If you’ve been instructed to separate yourself from other people in your home, also called “isolation,” you will need to know when it is safe to stop your isolation.

If you are waiting for a second (confirmatory) test result:

You must isolate until you receive your second test result, which may take 3-4 days.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

After being diagnosed with COVID-19, even if you don’t have symptoms, you will need to isolate and self-monitor until you are no longer able to spread COVID-19 to others.

Common questions regarding isolation:

Home isolation is over when:

  1. You have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using medicine that reduces fevers.
  2. Your other symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours.
  3. At least 10 days have passed since you first had symptoms.

You should still stay isolated for at least 10 days after you were tested.

You can spread COVID-19 to others beginning two days before your symptoms start until a few days after you recover. Even if you never develop any symptoms, you may be able to spread COVID-19 to others.

Notifying your own close contacts of their exposure to COVID-19 can help limit the spread in your community. Any close contact, except those who had COVID-19 within the previous 3 months and have no symptoms, should stay home and watch for symptoms for 14 days after they last had close contact with you.

First, you need to determine the time period during which you could have exposed others. If you have symptoms, you were able to spread COVID-19 starting two days before your first symptoms started.

If you have not had any symptoms, you were able to spread COVID-19 starting two days before your positive COVID-19 test was taken.

You should notify anyone with whom you had close contact while able to spread COVID-19.

Close contact is defined as any of the following interactions:

  • Having direct physical contact with someone. (e.g. hug, kiss, handshake)
  • Being within 6 feet of someone for 15 minutes total in a day.
  • Having contact with your respiratory secretions. (e.g. coughed/sneezed on, contact with dirty tissue, sharing a drinking glass, food, towels or other personal items)
  • Living with or spending the night with someone.

CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recommend that close contacts quarantine in their home for a period of 7 to 14 days, beginning the last day they were exposed to you. This should be done regardless of whether your contact receives a negative test during their quarantine period because they could develop symptoms 2 to 14 days after being exposed.

Your contact may receive a call from Public Health who will ask your contact some questions and provide additional information. Please ask your contact to answer the phone call.

The DHS fact sheet called “Next steps: close contacts of someone with COVID-19” will provide more details for what to do to protect others.

If your contact has additional questions, they can contact their primary care provider, local health agency or visit the Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 Website dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/diagnosed.htm.

There is an online tool called “Tell Your Contacts” which allows for anonymous text or email notifications.

To send notifications from this tool:

  1. Visit tellyourcontacts.org.
  2. Select email or text notification.
  3. Enter your contacts’ information and exposure date.
  4. Select either the pre-written message or customize your own. You do not need to enter your name.
  5. Send your message.

Questions?

If you have any questions, be sure to follow up with your health care provider. You may also contact Wisconsin Health Connect at wihealthconnect.com and receive a call back from a nurse within 24 hours.