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Community COVID-19 testing extended through mid-January

| Gary Johnson

Photo caption: Quincy Chapman, UW-Eau Claire's director of Housing and Residence Life, directs a community member at the COVID-19 testing site at Memorial High School.

Free rapid-response COVID-19 community testing resumes at Memorial High School on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and will continue through mid-January as part of the University of Wisconsin System's surge testing operations.

The drive-thru high school site, operated by UW-Eau Claire for people who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, will be open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Testing hours on Wednesday are noon-8 p.m. while weekend hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Results of the antigen tests are available in about 15 minutes.

Community members are asked to preregister for the self-administered test here.

Additional support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the testing beyond what UW System officials originally anticipated.

A total of 5,842 antigen tests were administered to community members at the site between Nov. 14 and Dec. 20, 2020, with 228 positive results for a 3.9% positivity rate. A total of 468 PCR tests were administered, but the positivity rate was not available.

"The days preceding the holidays were very busy at the Memorial testing center, with many people coming for testing to help to ensure the safety of their families and loved ones," says Grace Crickette, UW-Eau Claire’s vice chancellor for finance and administration who is overseeing the community site testing. "The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus is honored to be of service to our community."