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State asks University of Wisconsin-Superior to reopen COVID-19 rapid testing site

The site will reopen Monday, Feb. 15, in UW-Superior's Marcovich Wellness Center.

FILE UW-Superior COVID-19 testing
John McCormick, right, of Superior, hands his test swab back to health care worker Janet Anderson, left, during a COVID- 19 test Monday, Nov. 9 in Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium on the UW-Superior campus. (Jed Carlson / 2020 file / Telegram)

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has requested that the University of Wisconsin-Superior reopen its COVID-19 rapid testing site, which closed Jan. 22.

"They felt that this portion of Wisconsin was underserved when it came to state facilities," said Jordan Milan, director of strategic communications and special assistant to the chancellor for UWS. "We were able to do mass testing very well, so it's nice that we have a proven track record and we're more than happy to set it up again."

The site will now reopen Monday with the only change being its location in the university's Marcovich Wellness Center. Instead of operating out of the gym, which the school needed back for academics and athletics, the testing will take place within a couple of classrooms in the wellness center.

Because demand for testing had been shrinking prior to the site's closure, Milan said it's possible to run testing out of smaller rooms.

Testing hours will remain the same — 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday — as will the registration process. To schedule an appointment, visit uwsuper.edu/covidtest .

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The federal government covers the costs associated with running the testing sites.

UW-Superior was one of two testing sites within the UW System that the state asked to reopen. UW-Milwaukee was the other.

Prior to 10 testing sites on UW System campuses closing in January, there were 22 operating across the system. They opened in early November under an original plan to close after six weeks. In December, UW System President Tommy Thompson announced they would stay open through mid-January.

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