UW–Madison extends free community COVID-19 testing

This scanning electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2 (orange)—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells (green) cultured in the lab.

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin–Madison in partnership with the federal government and the UW System is extending the days of free COVID-19 testing.

A release said the testing at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium originally was scheduled to run through late December. Testing will be extended to Jan. 4-7. There have been nearly 20,000 tests given to the general public through the program which started Nov. 12.

After Jan. 4-7, the university will use the site for Safer Badgers, the expanded campus testing program. All remaining rapid test kits will be shared with other UW System testing sites.

Those returning from holiday travel are encouraged to take advantage of local testing options. Free community testing will continue through Public Health Madison & Dane County.

Testing at Nielsen is offered by appointment at doineedacovid19test.com. Results return in as little as 15 minutes.

“These free rapid tests provide another testing option for the greater Madison community and we’re pleased to be able to offer these additional days even as we get ready for a major expansion of campus testing in the spring,” says Rob Cramer, interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Management.