UWO to open second COVID-19 testing site

Chancellor Andy Leavitt | November 4, 2020

 

Dear University community,

UW Oshkosh is setting up a second COVID-19 testing center at Culver Family Welcome Center on our Oshkosh campus to help stem the surge of cases in our region. This testing will complement the testing already being done in Albee Hall on the Oshkosh campus.

New testing centers are being set up at UW System schools around the state in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. UW System has received 250,000 Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen tests that provide results within 15 minutes. The testing centers on the UW campuses will be the first of their kind in the country to conduct free surge testing with the BinaxNOW tests. Surge testing is intended to help local, state and federal public health experts identify new cases, including asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases.

Testing will begin at the Culver Center on Monday, Nov. 9. The center will be operated by eTrueNorth under contract with the federal government. It will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday offering about 800 tests per day. The testing center is expected to be open a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks. Free parking is available in the Culver Center lot. Here is a link to the UW System press release on the surge center testing.

Faculty, staff or student who would like to make an appointment for a BinaxNOW test will be able to sign up soon at doineedacovid19test.com. The Culver site is not currently on the website but is expected to be added by the end of the week.

  • Albee – Mandatory weekly testing for residence hall students will continue at Albee Hall. Off-campus students also may test at Albee. Continue to sign up for Albee testing on the MyPrevea app.
  • Culver – Off-campus students who are not able to get an appointment at Albee, UWO faculty and staff and their families may sign up for testing at Culver Family Welcome Center. You may receive a test weekly.
 

Individuals do not have to be experiencing symptoms or 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. Those who receive a positive test will be asked to take a PCR test to confirm the results.

From the moment students started to move-in to our residence halls in early September, UW Oshkosh has been testing for COVID-19 on the Oshkosh campus. I am proud of the work so many of you have done to ensure the success of our testing program and to assist in the quick setup of the new site. And I remain grateful to each and every one of you who has worn a mask, practiced physical distancing, avoided large gatherings and participated in the robust testing program on our campus.

Chancellor Andy Leavitt

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