Green Bay, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced today, an extension of community COVID-19 surge (rapid) testing sites, hosted at UW System campuses. At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the free, rapid testing site will return to the Weidner Center location beginning, Wednesday, January 27, 2021 and will be open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to the public. Anyone five years of age and older can be tested.
The testing site has been popular, with 350-400 tests administered each day. At the Weidner Center site (2450 Weidner Center Drive) 15,923 total antigen tests and 749 PCR tests (16,672 total) were distributed since mid-November.
“At UW-Green Bay, we continually strive to solve problems and be a resource for our community,” said Chancellor Michael Alexander. “I am proud that we can continue to provide testing for our region while simultaneously also hosting a site for vaccinations. We are making every effort to help our community stay safe and get to the other side of the pandemic.”
After conducting more than 220,000 free COVID-19 tests through last week at UW System campuses, most of the 22 surge testing sites were scheduled to close, including the Weidner Center site. However, in partnership with the UW System, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be providing 140,000 additional Abbott BinaxNOW tests and associated confirmatory PCR tests for use across Wisconsin in the coming weeks.
Individuals seeking to be tested need to register online; enter the Green Bay Campus off of Nicolet Drive at the main entrance; watch for signage leading them to the testing site (located at the Weidner Center, 2450 Weidner Center Drive). An employee will help registrants administer the test themselves, under supervision.
“We thank the federal government for their confidence in us, and we’re pleased that our university sites can continue to be used in the fight against this insidious disease,” President Thompson said. “Where there’s a problem, I want the UW System here to help.”
At the request of federal officials, UW System universities set up surge testing sites last fall, and testing began in early November. The testing identified nearly 18,000 potential positive carriers of the virus who were advised to isolate.
Prevea Vaccination Sites at the Kress Events Center and UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus
On the opposite side of the Green Bay Campus, Prevea and UW-Green Bay announced the opening last week of the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Kress Events Center, 2358 Leon Bond Drive. A second vaccination site will open at UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus, soon. Appointments for vaccinations will be required through Prevea for the Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic locations, and Prevea encourages patients and members of the public to create a MyPrevea account at myprevea.com. One does not have to be a Prevea patient to sign up for a MyPrevea account. For more information visit www.prevea.com/vaccine or call 1 (833) 344 – HERE (4373) for more information.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.