The University of Wisconsin system's rapid COVID-19 testing sites will be open through mid-January, system President Tommy Thompson said Monday.
The free rapid-testing launched in November and had initially planned to go through mid-December. The testing was later extended until Christmas and now mid-January.
“The UW System is happy to put the Wisconsin Idea into action and provide this resource to the people of Wisconsin,” Regent President Andrew S. Petersen said. “It is a credit to the leadership from System and on our campuses that these testing sites have operated successfully and will now continue to help more Wisconsinites.”
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided 250,000 tests.
Surge testing sites use new Abbott BinaxNOW tests.
“Frequent testing is critical to minimizing the spread of COVID-19,” said President Thompson. “With this extension, the UW System will continue to ensure that anyone who wants a test, can get a test.”
Those who want to receive rapid results are asked to register online in advance or call 1-800-653-8611.