New COVID-19 drive-thru testing site opens Saturday in Eau Claire County
LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (WEAU) - A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open Saturday at Jacob’s Well Church in Lake Hallie.
The new testing site in northern Eau Claire County will be free for residents, according to the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.
“This new site will provide an additional location for residents in northwestern Wisconsin to access COVID-19 testing,” Aimee Wollman Nesseth, Coordinator for the Northwestern Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition, said.
Its first three days of operation begin this Saturday:
- Saturday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monday, September 27 from 1 to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The site will continue to be available after October 2, and future dates will be posted online. Eau Claire County currently has five COVID-19 testing sites that use the PCR test, as well as an antigen testing site that uses the rapid testing located at UW-Eau Claire.
People that should be tested include those age 1 or over who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, think they have been exposed to COVID-19, or have been told they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive.
“Certainly symptoms, especially new onset cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, those are going to be symptoms that I am going to strongly recommend at test,” he said.
He said people who are unvaccinated and not showing symptoms should get tested should get tested six days after exposure.
As the Delta variant surges and kids return to school, Wollman Nesseth said it’s now even more important to track virus spread.
“As our numbers continue to climb, the best way to understand how prevalent or how common COVID-19 is right now is to do testing,” She said. “And so we just wanted to make one additional option here.”
Wollman Nesseth added it should take two or three days to process results.
For more information about COVID-19 symptoms and testing, you can visit the Eau Claire City-County Health Department website. For more information about the Northwest Wisconsin Community Testing Site, you can call the health department at 715-839-4718.
Wollman Nesseth said people should register before getting tested though it’s not required.
The Northwest Wisconsin Community Testing Site is a partnership between member counties of the Northwest Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Jacob’s Well Church, Eau Claire County Emergency Management, and the Wisconsin National Guard.
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