UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Community COVID-19 Testing

UW-River Falls is providing free drive-up testing at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field. Individuals seeking to be tested need to first register online at http://www.doineedacovid19test.com/. This site will also provide information about testing hours and available appointments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Register for the free test at www.doineedacovid19test.com. 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 student, find more information about our on-campus testing, or schedule your test by clicking here.

Yes! Any individual five (5) 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.

Once you have completed your initial nasal swab test, the staff at the testing site will direct you to a waiting area in the parking lot. You can park there and wait for your test results to be emailed to you. This should take approximately 15 - 20 minutes. The results will be sent to the account you used to register for your test.

The test is self-administered using a light nasal swab under the supervision of medical professionals. 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.

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Other County Drive-Thru Testing Locations


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