University of Wisconsin System
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UW System COVID-19 surge testing sites extend operations into spring


By - Jan 25th, 2021 01:03 pm

MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced an extension of community COVID-19 surge testing sites at UW System campuses.

After conducting more than 220,000 free tests through last week, most of the 22 surge testing sites were scheduled to close. However, in partnership with the UW System, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be providing 140,000 additional Abbott BinaxNOW tests and associated confirmatory PCR tests for use across Wisconsin in the coming weeks.

The extension of the community tests begins today at UW Oshkosh and will launch at other sites in the coming days, as specified below. Not all original sites will continue surge testing.

“We thank the federal government for their confidence in us, and we’re pleased that our university sites can continue to be used in the fight against this insidious disease,” President Thompson said. “Where there’s a problem, I want the UW System here to help.”

At the request of federal officials, UW System universities set up surge testing sites last fall, and testing began in early November. The testing identified nearly 18,000 potential positive carriers of the virus who were advised to isolate.

“We are all hopeful by the arrival of vaccines, but we must remain vigilant in our behaviors, and that includes getting tested,” Thompson said.

The Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests used for surge testing will be supplied by the federal government, which is also providing the personnel and logistical support and confirmatory tests as necessary.

The following is the list of extended surge testing sites and the date testing starts again:

  • UW-Eau Claire: Zorn Arena

121 Garfield Ave., Eau Claire, WI 54701

Tuesday, Feb. 2


  • UW-Eau Claire — Barron County: Gymnasium

1800 College Dr., Rice Lake, WI 54868

Tuesday, Feb. 2


  • UW-Green Bay: Weidner Center for the Performing Arts

2450 Weidner Center Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311

Wednesday, Jan. 27

  • UW-La Crosse: Cartwright Center

1741 State St., 3rd Floor, La Crosse, WI 54601

Monday, Feb. 1


  • UW Oshkosh: Culver Family Welcome Center

625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901

Monday, Jan. 25


  • UW-Parkside: Tallent Hall

900 Wood Rd., Kenosha, WI  53144

Wednesday, Jan. 27


  • UW-River Falls: Hoffman Park Storm Shelter

547 Hanson Dr., River Falls, WI 54022

Tuesday, Feb. 2


  • UW-Stevens Point: Dreyfus University Center

1015 Reserve St., Stevens Point, WI 54481

Wednesday, Feb. 3


  • UW-Stevens Point Marshfield

2000 W 5th St., Marshfield, WI 54449

Tuesday, Feb. 2


  • UW-Stevens Point Wausau

608 S 7th Ave, Wausau, WI 54401

Monday, Feb. 1

  • UW-Stout: Sports & Fitness Center

220 13th Ave. E, Menomonie, WI 54751

Monday, Feb. 1


  • UW-Whitewater: Community Engagement Center

1260 W Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190

Monday, Feb. 1


Persons who want to receive a rapid-results test – available in about 15 minutes – should register at or call 1-800-635-8611. Those who test positive through the rapid-results test are urged to get a confirmatory PCR test.

Individuals do not have to be experiencing symptoms or be a close contact of someone with COVID-19 to get a test, nor do they need to live in the community where the testing site is located.

Individuals seeking to be tested will register online, proceed to the testing site, administer the test themselves under supervision, and label it for processing.

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