Where do I get a COVID-19 test?

January 19, 2022

Students, employees and community members who do not have symptoms can make an appointment for a COVID-19 test by visiting uwmke.vivi.healthcare. Testing is available by appointment at the UWM Student Union on weekdays.

Unvaccinated students and employees are required to get tested weekly, preferably at a UWM testing facility. If testing is done off campus, students and employees must file proof each week. (To be exempted from weekly testing, students and employees must provide proof of vaccination or provide proof of a COVID-positive PCR test in the last 90 days. If you are confirmed positive with a PCR test, you may be exempt from antigen testing for 90 days from the date you received your initial positive test.)

Vaccinated individuals also may receive COVID-19 tests on campus, if they wish, but it is not mandatory.

In addition, the federal government is offering four free at-home COVID-19 tests to each home. To place an order, go to covidtests.gov.

If you have symptoms

Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or primary exposure should call Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716, and the center will schedule a free PCR test for them.

Employees with COVID-19 symptoms should contact their personal health care provider for a test. Employees who have symptoms but test negative should get a confirmatory PCR test.

Students and employees who receive a positive antigen test result for COVID-19 but do not get a confirmatory PCR test must continue to be tested because antigen results are considered probable, not confirmed.

If you don’t have symptoms

Milwaukee

Students and employees who do not have COVID-19 symptoms can get tested in the UWM Wisconsin Room Lounge from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All students and employees must make an appointment at uwmke.vivi.healthcare.

Rapid-results antigen test results will be provided electronically for students and employees. To access test results: Go to portal.uwmke.vivi.healthcare. For questions on test results or accessing information, call the testing hotline: (608) 855-9191.

If students test positive, they will be advised to go to Norris Health Center for PCR confirmation so that they may get the results by the end of the day. If employees test positive, they will get a PCR test at the same site and will be provided results electronically in 2-3 days, or they may choose to get the PCR test from their health care provider.

Unvaccinated students and staff who do not use campus-based testing will have to file proof of testing (or some other exemption) on a weekly basis using the Exemption Form.

If students and employees test positive and do not have a follow-up test, they are considered positive for COVID-19.

Community members may also schedule tests at the UWM Student Union, by visiting wihealthconnect.com.

Washington County and Waukesha

Rapid-results testing for students and employees is available at the Washington County and Waukesha campuses on the following schedule:

Washington County campus:

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays, Wednesdays
  • Jan. 25; Feb. 2, 8, 16, 22; March 2, 8, 16, 30
  • Location: Room 148

Waukesha campus:

  • 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays, Wednesdays
  • Jan. 26; Feb. 1, 9, 15, 23; March 1, 9, 15
  • Location: Room F004

Branch campus students will be offered PCR tests on-site or may get the test from their health care provider.

All students and employees must make an appointment at uwmke.vivi.healthcare. Those who develop COVID-19 symptoms should not wait for an appointment and should instead get tested as soon as possible, whether that is on campus, at a community site or with their personal health care provider.

Once registered for a test on campus, students and employees will go to the testing site, show their UWM ID, self-administer a rapid-results antigen test under the supervision of medical professionals and wait about 15 minutes to retrieve their results by logging into the same website on their smartphone. For questions on test results or accessing information, call the testing hotline: (608) 855-9191.

Confirmatory PCR tests will be provided to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms but tests negative, and anyone who doesn’t have symptoms but tests positive.

Students and staff who do not use campus-based testing will have to file proof of testing (or some other exemption) on a weekly basis using the Exemption Form.