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Dane County offers COVID-19 testing as Delta variant surges

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 4:53 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2021 at 6:50 PM CDT
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DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) - Alliant Energy Center is no longer an option, but patients still have some choices for COVID-19 testing in Dane County.

There are still several public testing options in Dane County, and across the state.

Public Health Madison and Dane County has a free public testing site at their 2230 South Park Street location.

There are also around 15 other local pharmacy locations and 30 additional sites in Dane County offering COVID-19 tests.

“We now know that the vaccine, while it may protect you from getting sick, it may not protect you from spreading it,” Ken Van Horn, Dir. of Testing at PHMDC said. “So, if you engaged in a high-risk activity, like a large indoor gathering it might be prudent to get tested afterwards to make sure you’re not exposed if you didn’t have a mask on.”

Local pharmacies are still offering COVID-19 vaccines.

Right now, PHMDC does not anticipate re-opening a larger community testing site like they once had at the Alliant Energy Center.

“We’re almost really easily, almost invisibly, able to do about 1,400 tests a day right now [throughout Dane County],” Van Horn said. “And we’re well underneath 50% of our capacity, so even if there’s a surge in testing, we could do that from a decentralized model.”

You can also request an at-home COVID-19 testing kit through the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services (DHS) website. Click here to be rerouted to that page.

To find your nearest community testing site, click here for the DHS website map.

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