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Antigen testing moving from Zorn Arena to McPhee Physical Education Center

| Gary Johnson

Photo caption: UW-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena will be the site of a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic starting Monday, April 5. The antigen testing that has been conducted at Zorn Arena is being moved to McPhee Physical Education Center.

All COVID-19 antigen testing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is moving to McPhee Physical Education Center beginning Monday, April 5, to allow Zorn Arena to be used for a mass vaccination clinic.

Gov. Tony Evers announced recently that Zorn Arena will be the site of a federally supported clinic that can vaccinate up to 1,200 people a day. The clinic that opens April 8 is a joint effort coordinated by the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, UW-Eau Claire, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Antigen testing has been critical to our success as we have worked hard to stop the spread of the virus on campus and in the community,” says Grace Crickette, UW-Eau Claire vice chancellor for finance and administration, who coordinates the university’s response to COVID-19. “The mass vaccination clinic will help keep western Wisconsin residents safe as we take another important step toward ending the pandemic.”

Antigen testing will continue at Zorn Arena through Friday, April 2. No testing will occur on Saturday and Sunday, April 3-4.

Starting Monday at McPhee Center, antigen testing for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Eau Claire area community members are invited to be tested from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Testing no longer will be offered on weekends.

Only people being tested will be allowed to park in the McPhee Center parking lot with no permit required. University personnel and students with F and S parking permits are asked to park in other UW-Eau Claire parking lots where their permit is valid or Chippewa Valley Technical College parking lot P8 directly across University Drive from the McPhee Center parking lot.