Members of the Wisconsin National Guard collect specimens for COVID-19 testing. The Wisconsin National Guard has multiple COVID-19 specimen collection teams operating throughout the state.
Wisconsin National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Theusch

ELKHORN – Wisconsin National Guard specimen collection teams continue supporting local COVID-19 testing efforts this week as they operate a number of regional community-based testing sites.

All Guard testing sites reopen Tuesday after being closed Monday in observance of President’s Day.

A team will be conducting community-based testing each Tuesday between Dec. 15 and Mar. 9 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds and has collected over 1,400 specimens as of Feb. 15.

Located at the Fairgrounds, enter off Hwy 11 at the north gate (near the middle school) in Elkhorn.

Dates: February 16 and 23, March 2 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (700 tests per day, while supplies last)

Pre-registration Link

Free testing for Wisconsin residents ages 5 and up

Call 1-866-419-6988 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for results.

Teams have collected a cumulative total of over one million specimens since April 2020 at community-based testing sites and institutional-based testing missions. The Wisconsin National Guard’s collection activities support the Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s efforts to expand COVID-19 testing throughout the entire state.

The teams, which are tailorable to meet the needs of a specific facility or community, are dispatched from a larger task force of several hundred Citizen Soldiers and Airmen. They have established mobile testing sites since early April at locations ranging from correctional facilities, health clinics and institutional facilities, to private businesses, senior-living facilities, and community-based testing sites.

Most community-based testing sites across the state are conducted on a regularly scheduled basis at the request of local health departments. Testing is conducted at a variety of facilities and extreme cold temperatures may impact some testing sites to the point where a local health department may close its site. All visitors seeking a test are urged to contact their local health department for more information about a particular testing day.

Those seeking a test at a Wisconsin National Guard community-based specimen collection site are urged to register online in advance using the Dynamics Testing and Registration Application (DTRA) program, which is also known as COVID Connect.

After collecting the specimens at each site, the test kits are sent to a lab for analysis, and individual citizens receive their results via an email or a phone call within three-to-seven days following the test.

Wisconsin National Guard specimen collection sites operating the week of Feb. 15-21 along with cumulative testing site totals since late December are listed below. Additional information on these testing sites and others is available at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.

By Staff Report

Walworth County Community News

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