UWM and other UW System campuses are serving as locations for a six-week federal “surge testing” effort aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.
The program done in partnership with UW System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides free, rapid-results testing for community members age 5 and older, as well as UWM employees and students at UWM’s Waukesha and Washington County campuses. Students on the main campus in Milwaukee continue to be tested through UWM’s existing antigen testing program.
Where do I go to get tested?
Milwaukee students: The UWM Student Union Ballroom, with confirmatory PCR tests done at Norris Health Center. Register for a test here. Students living in UWM residence halls must get tested every two weeks. Testing is not mandatory for students living off campus, but is highly encouraged.
Washington County students: Rapid-results testing at your campus (see below for dates and instructions) or get a take-home test by calling 262-335-5201.
Waukesha students: Rapid-results testing at your campus (see below for dates and instructions) or get a take-home test by calling 262-521-5040.
UWM employees: Rapid-results testing at your campus (see below for dates and instructions). Bi-weekly testing is required for essential employees. Testing is not required for other employees, but is highly encouraged.
Community members: Rapid-results testing at any UWM campus (see below for dates and instructions).
UWM has three rapid-results testing sites:
- Wisconsin Room of the UWM Student Union in Milwaukee
- UWM at Waukesha Field House
- UWM at Washington County gymnasium
Dates and Hours
|Dec. 18||Friday||Waukesha||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 21||Monday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 22||Tuesday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 4||Monday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 5||Tuesday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 6||Wednesday||Washington County||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 7||Thursday||Waukesha||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 8||Friday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 11||Monday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 12||Tuesday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 13||Wednesday||Washington County||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 14||Thursday||Waukesha||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 15||Friday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 19||Tuesday||Milwaukee||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 20||Wednesday||Washington County||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 21||Thursday||Waukesha||9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.|
In Milwaukee, the first hour of testing each day is reserved for UWM employees. In Waukesha and Washington County, the first hour is reserved for employees and students.
Participants must register in advance at www.doineedacovid19test.com. There will be no walk-in appointments. Appointments have been spaced out to help maintain social distancing.
What to Expect
Participants will go to the testing site, self-administer an Abbott BinaxNOW antigen test under the supervision of medical professionals from federal contractor eTrueNorth and wait about 15 minutes for their results. They will need a smartphone to retrieve their results by logging into the same website.
Confirmatory PCR tests provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will be given to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms but tests negative, and anyone who doesn’t have symptoms but tests positive. Antigen tests, which are relatively fast and inexpensive, look for proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. PCR tests, which are more accurate but may take longer to process, look for genetic material from that virus. Participants who need a confirmatory PCR test will go to the PCR registration table at their testing location and receive one immediately. Results of that test will be available in about four days.
UWM will receive notice of employees and students who test positive, and those results will be added to the campus dashboard. UWM will not receive notice of community members who test positive. Students are still encouraged to self-report positive tests, and employees should inform their supervisors.