National Guard to assist with Wis. COVID testing event Friday


Buffalo and Pepin counties are partnering to host a community COVID-19 specimen collection site in Alma on Friday, May 1. Anyone five years and older with current symptoms of fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting or nausea, chills, shaking with chills, or muscle aches is eligible for nasal swab testing. High-risk individuals (65 years of age or older, under 65 with underlying medical conditions, or any immunocompromised individual) without symptoms will also be tested. Testing through the collection site will be free of cost. If testing kits run out before the end of the event, the Buffalo County Health and Human Services and Pepin County Health Department Facebook pages will be updated. Please visit one of their Facebook pages before you leave home to ensure kits are still available. This event is only available to Wisconsin residents. 

The drive-through collection site will be at the Buffalo County Highway Department located at S1672 State Highway 37, Alma. 

Following testing, people should return straight home and isolate themselves until they receive their test results and further guidance from public health officials. 

The goals of this include providing mass testing, allowing local health care providers more time to increase their testing capacity, and giving public health officials better insight into how much COVID-19 is in the community. Following this event, public health officials will continue to work closely with local health care providers to continue building their capacity to meet patient demand. 

Providing a mass COVID-19 testing site offers a better understanding of the presence of the virus in the community. This will only be a moment-in-time snapshot of its current activity. 

There are plans for additional testing sites throughout the western region of Wisconsin in early May. Additional testing sites will be added to the Western Wisconsin Public Health Readiness Consortium at

If there are questions about the event, please call 211; for those with non-Wisconsin area codes please use 1-877-947-2211, or email



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