PHMDC expanding testing hours at South Park Street clinic

MADISON, Wis. — Public Health Madison and Dane County is expanding COVID-19 testing hours at its South Park Street clinic.

From Tuesday to Sunday, the clinic will now be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The expansion opens up 216 additional appointments per day, including Tuesday.

By opening on Sunday, the clinic created 648 additional appointments. In total, 1,728 new appointments are available between Tuesday and Sunday at the clinic, located at 2230 S. Park St.

Ken Van Horn, the agency’s emergency preparedness coordinator and COVID-19 testing director, said there has been a “perfect storm of demand over the holidays,” with people wanting to get tested before gathering with loved ones plus the surging case numbers due to the Omicron variant.

“It just has really, really taken us a little bit by surprise,” he said. “We anticipated and were preparing for additional testing because of Omicron and we knew there’d be an uptick because of the holidays, and we didn’t know that both those waves would crest at the exact same time.”

The agency is adding significant testing capacity this week as a short-term solution while also working on long-term fixes, he added.

“We’re looking at the next week or next seven days for us as sort of a sprint. We are pulling out all the stops,” Van Horn said. “This is a lot of staff who don’t normally participate in testing, a lot of overtime, just to sort of get us through this immediate surge and this immediate demand from the community.”

Appointments can be made at PHMDC’s website.