NEENAH (NBC 26) -- The U.S. Surgeon General visited the Fox Valley on Friday to announce a surge testing location ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah.
The testing site was made possible through a joint effort between the health system, Sen. Roger Roth (R - Appleton) and state and national agencies.
According to a news release from ThedaCare, the area is seeing significant increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, and could potentially benefit from additional opportunities to identify new cases, especially for those who are asymptomatic.
"We know that to best manage community spread, testing and contact tracing are critical," ThedaCare states in a press release.
The site will be located at ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah and provides testing at no cost to all individuals. Surge testing provides additional temporary federal support to areas that have seen a recent spike in coronavirus cases, ThedaCare says. This site will conduct up to 30,000 tests with the intent to detect cases that would go undetected.
Wisconsin once again broke its record Friday for daily reports of new cases. The state now has a total of 166,186 confirmed cases of coronavirus, which is an increase of 3,861 cases from Thursday.
At this time, the testing site will initially operate at a limited capacity with testing opportunities available on Friday, October 16 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. Full testing capacity begins on Wednesday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Appointments must be scheduled at: www.doineedacovid19test.com.