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Expanded Antigen Testing

Asymptomatic testing available to all

UW-Eau Claire is now offering free antigen testing to asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff and members of the Eau Claire community to help contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Dependents of university employees and students, age five years and older, are also invited to be tested free of charge.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the UW System to provide free antigen testing. Testing will last four to six weeks to help us stem the surge of cases in Wisconsin. The outcome will be greatly enhanced testing so that we can identify, isolate and treat those who are positive, including those who are asymptomatic and at risk of spreading the virus unknowingly.

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.

Register for the expanded antigen test here

Expanded antigen testing now available

Thanks to a unique partnership between UW-System and the federal department of Health and Human Services, UW-Eau Claire has received 13,000 rapid antigen tests and has opened a new, asymptomatic testing site on campus in the Davies Center. Our goal is to test as many people without symptoms as possible — as frequently as possible — over the next six weeks.

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. It’s one of the best ways to stem the surge in Wisconsin and keep our campus healthy. All students, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to take the time to get tested.

Watch the video to earn more about the expanded antigen testing and how it will help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Testing sites and times

Eau Claire Campus

Dakota Ballroom-Davies Center

Tests are available for: Faculty, staff, off-campus students and their dependents
Testing dates and times: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Note: Registration required. On-site registration is available. 
Additional details: This site includes antigen testing and an immediate, confirming PCR test in line with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' existing protocol for anyone testing positive. Testing will take only about 30 minutes and will operate safely away from routine Davies Center activities. Employee and student dependents five years and older can also be tested at this site. 

Access to the building for testing will be through the Southwest Service doors next to the loading dock. This location isolates the testing queue from the rest of the building. The Davies Center doors nearest The Cabin will remain “exit only” doors as they have been since the start of the semester. 

The only exception for entering through the doors nearest The Cabin will be pre-arranged and one-time access to the elevator for ADA accommodation. Access will be provided after individuals report to the Southwest Service doors to alert an attendant. We’ve taken these measures to keep our campus community as safe as we possibly can.

Please remember that this is not a walk-up testing site. All must register for an appointment.

Register for the expanded antigen test here

McPhee Physical Education Center

Tests are available for: Residential (on-campus) students and some employee groups
Testing dates and times: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Testing at this site also will also occur on Saturday, Nov. 28, noon – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 29, noon – 8 p.m.
Note: Registration is required. On-site registration is available. 
Additional details: On-campus students can schedule their test in one of two ways: 

  1. Use the IM Leagues app, available in the Apple store and in Google Play.
  2. Reserve test times via the IM Leagues website.

There are appointments available every five minutes from 8:15 a.m. until 3:55 pm. Please schedule your appointment as soon as possible. After you have scheduled your appointment you will receive a confirmation email. 

At the time of your appointment, you should go to the McPhee 210 C door that is accessible from the breezeway between McPhee and Ade Olson. You will enter the Antigen Testing Center from the breezeway door. When you enter, you will have your temperature taken, complete a short questionnaire, and get in line for a nasal swab. The whole process should take approximately 15 minutes so you can plan accordingly.

You will not remain in the testing site for your results. You will receive a phone call if you have a positive test. If you do not receive a call, you can assume your test was negative. 

Memorial High School

Tests are available for: Community members and minimal UWEC students/employees
Testing dates and times: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 5
Note: Registration is required.
Additional details: The entrance for testing is on 2255 Keith Street. Directional signs and UW-Eau Claire staff attendants will direct people to the testing and waiting locations in the parking lots.

The testing is intended to identify asymptomatic individuals who are positive for COVID-19 and are at risk of spreading the virus unknowingly.

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department said the antigen testing site is a good option for people who live or work in a group setting, interact with vulnerable populations, travel frequently for work or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Register for the expanded antigen test here

Rice Lake Campus

Tests are available for: UW-Eau Claire-BC students, employees and employee households
Testing dates and times:

Note: Registration is required. Limited on-site registration is available. 

Register for the expanded antigen test here

Marshfield Campus

Marshfield students will use existing testing services.

Parking for those being tested at the Davies Center

Ten stalls across from Future Blugold Parking on the Eau Claire campus will be reserved for those receiving testing. Permits are not required. 

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Stay the course

UW-Eau Claire’s commitment to in-person learning has relied upon the campus community taking responsibility and following the Blugold Flight Plan. This new four- to six-week testing effort helps us stay the course!

Giving asymptomatic people access to testing will limit widespread exposure to COVID-19 at a time when we want to finish the semester strong. It will provide reassurance for those leaving campus for the holiday and add a measure of protection when they return. It is strongly encouraged that everyone sign up to be tested as soon as possible. 

Our hard work is paying off. Keep up the good work, Blugolds! 

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 14-day quarantine. If you are not in quarantine, continue social 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. 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.

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 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.