Do you think you or a loved one may have COVID-19? You have the opportunity to be tested Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15 at the Fox Valley’s first COVID-19 community testing site located at Fox Valley Technical College. The Wisconsin National Guard is performing the free testing in partnership with the Outagamie County Public Health Division; Outagamie County Emergency Management; public health departments from Calumet County, Winnebago County, City of Appleton and City of Menasha and health care systems.
May 11-12: Individuals identified by local public health departments are eligible for testing.
May 13-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Residents of Outagamie, Winnebago and Calumet County who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can report to the testing site.
- Fever (>100.4 degrees); cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Chills or rigors (repetitive shaking chills)
- Muscle aches
- New abnormalities in taste or smell
“Many people with COVID-19 symptoms have been unable to get tested for a variety of reasons,” said Outagamie County Health Officer Mary Dorn, a Be Safe Wisconsin partner. “The goal of this testing site is to provide access to anyone in the community with symptoms. It is important to provide symptomatic residents with testing to help identify cases and mitigate the spread of disease.”
Three hundred tests will be available each day. Individuals ages five and older are eligible, but minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can consent to the testing. You do not need to make an appointment. Those who want to be tested are encouraged to print, complete and bring a Patient Information Form with them to the testing site. The forms are also be available on site.
“This tri-county initiative represents an important step. Testing and consequent contact-tracing put us in a better position to flatten the curve of contagion, and that’s the priority,” said Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson, also a Be Safe Wisconsin partner.
Click here for more information about the community testing effort, including obtaining the Patient Information Form and directions to the testing site at Fox Valley Technical College.
Regional COVID-19 testing sites are also open the week of May 11 in Brown County, Milwaukee, Madison and other locations throughout the Badger State. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has a map posted on its website of current COVID-19 community testing sites, including location, day(s) of operation, hours and contact information.