News Release: La Crosse County Health Department, City of Onalaska, and Wisconsin National Guard to Host Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site

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Deb Brazil

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La Crosse County Health Department, Guest Contributor

When: Thursday, May 21st 11 am – 7 pm or until tests run out Where: Onalaska Omni Center 255 Riders Club Road, Onalaska

La Crosse County Health Department is partnering with the Wisconsin National Guard and the City of Onalaska to host a community drive-through COVID-19 testing site. Anyone age 5 years and older who is currently experiencing any of these symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell are eligible for nasal swab testing. Please note that even those with mild symptoms are encouraged to attend. This testing site is intended for residents of La Crosse County. If testing kits run out before the end of the event, we will update our Facebook page and website. Antibody testing will not be conducted at this event. 

Following testing, people should return directly to their home and isolate themselves until they receive their test results and further guidance from public health. Isolation means stay home, separate yourself from other people in your home, and wash your hands often. People will be notified of their test results by phone within 24-48 hours. Testing through the collection site will be free of cost. Those planning to attend should be aware that there may be a line and participants need to remain in their vehicles. Bring a book or other in-car entertainment. 

Providing a mass COVID-19 testing site offers a better understanding of the presence of the virus in our communities. This will only be a moment-in-time snapshot of its current activity. Testing is still available through our local healthcare providers for other people who are experiencing any of the above symptoms. Participants with questions about this event can call the COVID-19 Call Center at 608-785-6240 or email [email protected] Additional updates, including a traffic entry point map with additional directions, will be added to lacrossecounty.org/covid19 and to our Facebook page facebook.com/lacrossecountyhealthdepartment in the upcoming days. These should be reviewed prior to attending the event.

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