Rapid COVID-19 testing extended through mid-January at UW system

Posted at 1:09 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 16:00:22-05

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.”

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.

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