NEENAH, Wis. (WBAY) – U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams visited Neenah Friday to announce a new COVID-19 testing site.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is setting up a surge testing site at ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah, 333 N Green Bay Rd. The goal is to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and identify people who might be asymptomatic carriers.
Thirty-thousand test kits are available. The Wisconsin National Guard will administer them.
Testing is by appointment only. Sign up at doineedacovid19test.com. The tests are free and you don’t need symptoms to get a test. Most people should get results within 3 days.
The decision for the surge testing site was made late Wednesday because this area has some of the highest positivity rates in the country. Friday, 26.47% of all test results received around the state were positive — the highest that percentage has been for any day with more than 10,000 test results.
“I came to Wisconsin because I want everyone to know that one of the most important things to getting this virus under control is knowing who has it, and two-thirds of people here do not know they had the virus even though they’re carrying it around and passing it to each other,” Adams said.
Surge testing sites are set up in areas where there is significant spread of COVID-19. These surge sites can perform thousands of free tests per day. HHS has previously set up surge sites in Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
ThedaCare says the best way to manage community spread of COVID-19 is testing and contact tracing.
“The areas identified are seeing significant increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and could potentially benefit from additional opportunities to identify new cases, especially for those who are asymptomatic,” reads a statement from ThedaCare.
The testing site is a joint effort between ThedaCare, State Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), and state and national agencies.
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