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Community COVID-19 Testing

River Falls Community Testing Map Hoffman Park

UW-River Falls is teaming up with the City of River Falls to continue offering COVID-19 testing for the local community. The new site is located at the Hoffman Park Storm Shelter, 650 Hanson Drive, River Falls. Testing appointments will be available on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Community members interested in receiving a COVID-19 test must pre-register at Testing is free and open to the public over 5 years of age, however, appointments are required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Register for the free test at Participants must also use the site to obtain results. You will see options for employees, community members, and students. Please register under the appropriate category.

UW-River Falls will prioritize use of the BinaxNOW tests for its employees and for community members, including the uninsured. Individuals do not have to be experiencing symptoms or be a close contact of someone with COVID-19 to get a test, nor do they need to live in the community where the testing site is located. Any individual five years of age and older may get tested at the surge testing site.

All UW-River Falls students, both on and off campus, will continue using UWRF’s existing on-campus testing site in Hagestad Hall to allow for more immediate and thorough case management, including contact tracing and isolation. If you are a current UWRF student, find more information about our on-campus testing or schedule your test by clicking here.

Yes! Any individual five years of age and older may get tested at the surge testing site.

These are Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests that provide a result in about 15 - 20 minutes.

The test is self-administered under the supervision of medical professionals using a light nasal swab. This is done for the protection of the patient and the healthcare workers.

Surge testing efforts will immediately increase testing support for communities throughout Wisconsin now facing dramatic increases of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations related to the ongoing outbreak.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is partnering with the UW System and its 13 universities to provide free antigen testing to the community at large to anyone five years and older. There are 250,000 tests available.

These are Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests that provide a result in about 15 minutes. The federal government purchased Abbott BinaxNOW diagnostic tests on August 27 to ensure equitable distribution of the first 150 million units – one day after an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The UW System universities are the first testing sites using the BinaxNOW.

PCR tests distributed by the federal government and allocated by the state Department of Health Services will be used as a confirmatory test in line with the Department of Health Services existing protocol.

UW System and its universities are leveraging an opportunity to enhance testing in their communities in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19. This is the embodiment of the Wisconsin idea in which our university system uses its capacity, resources, and expertise to solve problems and help people.

The UW System worked with the federal government to secure the tests and offered the assistance of the universities, which are setting up testing sites in an extraordinary effort.

HHS responds to state and local communities dealing with outbreaks. Surge testing is intended to help local, state, and federal public health experts identify new cases, including asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Identifying asymptomatic “silent spreaders” is critical to combatting the outbreak in Wisconsin.



Other County Drive-Thru Testing Locations

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing is being offered by Pierce and St. Croix counties.