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UW-Eau Claire encourages students returning to region for holiday to be tested for COVID-19 at community site

Photo caption: UW-Eau Claire police chief Jay Dobson directs traffic at the Memorial High School parking lot, the site of free drive-up community COVID-19 testing.

College students returning to the Chippewa Valley for the Thanksgiving holiday are encouraged to help keep their families safe by being tested Wednesday, Nov. 25, at a free drive-up community COVID-19 testing site at Memorial High School.

The testing site organized by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire added the Wednesday date to its schedule to allow more asymptomatic people to be tested, including college students attending school elsewhere who could unknowingly bring the coronavirus home to vulnerable family members, says Chancellor James Schmidt.

“We have world-class testing on the UW-Eau Claire campus and in the community to help keep our families safe thanks to the collaboration between UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson and the federal government,” Schmidt says. “Eau Claire-area students attending non-UW System schools may not have access to the same asymptomatic testing resources. This is another opportunity for UW-Eau Claire to show how much we care about the community we live and work in.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against travel during the holiday and said college students who return to their hometowns during Thanksgiving should be treated as overnight guests from a different household.

The Memorial High School community testing is from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 9.

High demand at the high school testing site continued over the weekend as 898 antigen tests were administered, with 25 positive tests, on Saturday and Sunday. A total of 56 PCR tests also were administered.

During the five days of testing at the site operated by UW-Eau Claire, a total of 1,799 rapid tests were administered, with 59 positive results.

People are asked to preregister for the test here.