Free COVID-19 Testing in Forest County with National Guard Assistance

Forest County Health Department and Forest County Emergency Management is collaborating with the Wisconsin National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing. The National Guard will be providing drive-through COVID-19 nasal swab testing in Crandon on Monday, June 22nd from 10am-3pm at the Crandon School District parking lot.

No appointments are necessary. Anyone 5 years and older with at least one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, chills, or muscle aches can get tested. This event is available for all Wisconsin residents.

Individuals getting tested should be prepared to provide a current address, county of residence, and phone number when they arrive. Please be aware that the testing will be provided on a first come, first served basis and that attendees may have to wait to be tested. Vehicles will form a line while waiting for testing and all attendees will need to stay in their vehicles at all times. No restroom facilities will be available so please plan accordingly.

The National Guard will be doing the testing. They will be in uniform and in full PPE (personal protective equipment, including gowns, mask, gloves, etc.) during this event. We have two goals with this event: 1) provide our communities with mass testing, and 2) give public health better insight into how widespread COVID-19 is in our communities.

Following this event, we will continue to work closely with our local healthcare providers to continue building their capacity to meet patient demand.

Please note that anyone tested is required to stay home until test results come back. Test results will be provided via telephone by the National Guard or by your local public health department in a timely manner.

There are additional community testing sites in Wisconsin throughout June. Any Wisconsin resident is welcome to attend any one of the testing events. Information on community testing events can be found at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/community- testing.htm Please contact the Forest County Health Department with any questions at 715-478-3371.

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