COVID-19 Rapid Result Testing - A Campus, Community Partnership
UW-Stevens Point, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin System and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is offering free rapid-results COVID-19 tests to community members. By offering these "surge tests," the partners hope to identify those throughout the area who may have the novel coronavirus and help slow the spread of COVID-19 which has soared in Wisconsin.
NO TESTING WILL BE HELD MONDAY, JAN. 18, DUE TO THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY.
Testing will be available at all three UW-Stevens Point campuses. It began Nov. 9, continues through Jan. 22, 2021. Testing will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as follows:
- Mondays and Thursdays – UWSP at Wausau fieldhouse - park in Lots D, E, F or on the street.
- Tuesdays – UWSP at Marshfield fieldhouse – park in south lot by the marauder statue. Enter the PE door and follow signs.
- Wednesdays and Fridays – UW-Stevens Point, Champions Hall Multi-Activity Center – park in Lot F West at Fourth Avenue and Isadore streets and enter hall through west doors.
There is no limit on the number of times individuals can be tested.
Please follow this process:
- Schedule a free test at www.doineedacovid19test.com.
- Go to the testing site selected. Each individual will receive a voucher at check-in.
- The test is a self-administered light nasal swab under the supervision of medical professionals.
- Results take 15 minutes.
- Participants will receive an email when results are ready. They can retrieve results by logging into the web portal where they registered.
- Individuals will receive instructions on next steps, depending on test results and symptoms.
- Those who have no COVID-19 symptoms and test positive or who are symptomatic and test negative will be able to have a PCR test onsite to confirm the diagnosis. PCR test results will be available in 3-5 days, via email.
This community partnership is in addition to other community testing sites available in Stevens Point, Wausau and elsewhere that offer PCR tests.
What is surge testing?
Surge testing efforts will immediately increase testing support for communities throughout Wisconsin now facing dramatic increases of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to the ongoing outbreak.
What will it entail?
United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is partnering with the UW System and its 13 universities to provide free antigen testing to anyone 5 years and older to the community at-large. There will be 250,000 tests available.
What kind of tests are these?
These are Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests that provide a result in about 15 minutes. The federal government purchased Abbott BinaxNOW diagnostic tests on August 27 to ensure equitable distribution of the first 150 million units – one day after an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The UW System universities will be the first testing sites using the BinaxNOW.
Will there be PCR tests?
PCR Tests distributed by the federal government and allocated by the state Department of Health Services will be used as a confirmatory test in line with Department of Health Services existing protocol.
Why is the UW System doing this?
UW System and its universities are leveraging an opportunity to enhance testing in their communities in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19. This is the embodiment of the Wisconsin idea in which our university system uses its capacity, resources, and expertise to solve problems and help people.
Why did HHS choose Wisconsin?
HHS responds to state and local communities dealing with outbreaks. Surge testing is intended to help local, state, and federal public health experts identify new cases, including asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Identifying asymptomatic "silent spreaders" is critical to combatting the outbreak in Wisconsin.
When will campus sites be up and running?
As soon as possible. In some cases, as early as this week, thanks to the cooperative efforts of the federal, state and local governments.
Will there be a cost to those getting a test?
Do you have to be experiencing symptoms, be a close contact, or be a community resident to get a test?
How are they administered?
They are self-administered using a light nasal swab under the supervision of medical professionals.
What is the role of the UW System and universities?
UW System worked with the federal government to secure the tests and offered the assistance of the universities, which are setting up testing sites in an extraordinary effort.
How will people know about the sites?
Universities will be working with local public health to publicize the testing sites.
Can they just show up or do they need to register?
Register for the free test at www.doineedacovid19test.com. Participants must also use the site to obtain results. The locations for testing will become available as they are up and running.