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COVID-19 testing site set up at Fox Valley Technical College

Fox Valley testing site
Posted at 9:43 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 23:33:16-04

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (NBC 26) -- A COVID-19 testing has been set up at Fox Valley Technical College for residents of Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago counties.

County officials said Monday and Tuesday (May 11-12), selected targeted groups will be tested by appointment. Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson said those getting tested on Monday and Tuesday have been contacted by local health departments.

Wednesday through Friday (May 13-15), the general public is able to get tested for free. Residents of the three counties do not need an appointment to get tested during this time period; however, they must be experiencing symptoms. Symptoms include fever (temperature greater than 100.4), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache, chills or rigors, muscle aches, and abnormalities in taste and smell.

"Our ultimate goal is to make sure than anyone who is have mild symptoms in the community, or moderate to severe symptoms, that they get access to testing," said Mary Dorn with Outagamie County Public Health.

County officials said they have the capability of testing 300 people a day. Dorn said with the increased testing, they anticipate to see an increase in confirmed positive COVID-19 cases.

People wishing to get tested must be 5 years or older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Testing is available May 13 through May 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. People getting tested at Fox Valley Technical College must bring their drivers license and fill out a form. That form can be accessed at www.outagamie.org/publichealth and brought to the site. Forms will also be available at the site.

Officials say nearly 60 people will be helping at the site throughout the day. This includes the Wisconsin National Guard, American Red Cross, Outagamie County Community Emergency Response Team, and fire and EMS personnel.