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COVID-19 testing offered June 23 in Florence

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence County Health Department is collaborating with the Wisconsin National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing.

The National Guard will offer drive-through style COVID-19 nasal swab testing in the town of Florence on Tuesday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parking lot of the Florence Natural Resource Center, 5638 Forestry Dr., Florence.

No appointments are necessary. Anyone 5 years and older with any current symptom is eligible for testing.

This event, however, is only available to people who live or work in Wisconsin.

Symptoms include fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, body aches, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, chills or muscle aches.

Testing is also available to all first responders, health care workers, high risk individuals — 65 years of age or older, under 65 with underlying medical conditions, or any immunocompromised individual.

Individuals getting tested should be prepared to provide a current address, county of residence and phone number when they arrive.

Please be aware that the testing will be provided first come, first serve and that attendees may have to wait to be tested. Vehicles will form a line while waiting for testing, and all attendees will need to stay in or on their vehicle at all times.

No restroom facilities will be available on site.

The National Guard will be performing a nasal swab while in uniform and in full personal protective equipment including gowns, masks and gloves.

The National Guard will be making phone calls to negative cases and local health departments will follow up on positive cases. Generally, test results are known within four to five days of sample submission.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, or the Florence County Health Department Facebook or website at http://www.florencecountywi.com/ .

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