Waukesha County ups COVID-19 testing with three-day drive-thru site

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Posted at 1:31 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 14:31:46-04

Waukesha County is taking steps to increase COVID-19 testing and thus meet Gov. Tony Evers' Badger Bounce Back plan.

Waukesha County Public Health and Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management are partnering with the Wisconsin National Guard to open a three-day COVID-19 testing drive-thru site.

The community testing site will be open May 9-11 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily. Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can register as early as Tuesday to be tested.

Call 262-548-7626 to register to be tested. The registration hotline will be open Tuesday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Wednesday through Monday, May 11 from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Anyone who shows up to the testing site without registering first will be turned away.

“Many people with COVID-19 symptoms have been unable to get tested for a variety of reasons,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The goal of this clinic is to provide access to testing to anyone in the community with symptoms. We believe that once we identify all active COVID-19 cases in Waukesha County, the additional efforts we have taken to boost our health care infrastructure in recent weeks will allow us to effectively manage and mitigate new cases.”

The new testing site will be able to conduct up to 300 nasal swabs per day. The goal identified in Gov. Evers' Badger Bounce Plan is 12,000 tests per day across the state.

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