COVID-19 testing at Midtown Center paused due to data issues; 9 north side test sites available

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MILWAUKEE -- The Wisconsin National Guard is pausing coronavirus testing at Milwaukee's Midtown Center location. However, residents of north side neighborhoods can still access diagnostic COVID-19 testing at nine area hospital systems and community health centers.

COVID-19 testing at UMOSThere was a long line Tuesday, May 26 at the south side testing location at UMOS near Chase Avenue and Rosedale Avenue.

"If it's going to be longer, I'm not going to be very happy about it, but I've got to get it done," said Gus Banks.

What was a popular testing site near 60th Street and Capitol Drive on Milwaukee's north side was back to being your usual parking lot after the Milwaukee health commissioner said there were data issues at the site.

Paul Knapp

Paul Knapp

"The decision to pause a site like Midtown in Milwaukee comes from the local authorities --the counties and the city involved," said Paul Knapp, Wisconsin adjutant general.

The Wisconsin National Guard continues testing at UMOS -- where they said Tuesday they've helped with more than 10,000 specimen collections in two weeks.

"Right now, we have a long list of communities that have put in requests for our help," said Knapp. "As long as the need exists for the Guard to assist in this effort, we will be here."

Midtown testing site

Midtown testing site

The nine COVID-19 testing sites on Milwaukee's north side are offered by Ascension Wisconsin, Advocate Aurora Health, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., Outreach Community Health Centers and Progressive Community Health Centers.

Individuals will have the opportunity to speak with a nurse to:

  • Understand and identify COVID-19 symptoms
  • Learn what precautions to take while waiting for test results
  • Receive instructions on how to treat illness at home and keep family members safe from virus exposure
  • Help manage chronic conditions like diabetes and asthma while in isolation
  • Access medications, behavioral health services and other health care needs
  • Get connected to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, insurance coverage and other social services

COVID-19 testing in Milwaukee

Locations and Contact Information

Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.
2555 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive
8200 W. Silver Spring Drive
414-372-8080

Outreach Community Health Centers
210 W. Capitol Drive
414-727-6320

Progressive Community Health Centers
3522 W. Lisbon Ave.
414-882-2040

Ascension St. Joseph
5000 W. Chambers Street
833-981-0711

Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Family Health Center
1121 W. North Ave.
833-981-0711

Ascension All Saints Family Heath Center
2400 W. Villard Ave.
833-981-0711

Aurora Health Center Midtown
5818 W. Capitol Drive
877-819-5034

Froedtert North Hills Health Center
W129 N7055 Northfield Dr.
Menomonee Falls, WI,
414-372-8080

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call their health care provider to set up an appointment. If you do not have a provider, call 2-1-1 to find a convenient location where you can speak with a nurse about your symptoms and be tested. There are no insurance, income or immigration restrictions for receiving a COVID-19 diagnostic test. All are welcome.

After collecting the specimens at each site, Wisconsin National Guard troops send the test kits to a lab for analysis, and individual citizens receive their results via a phone call from their local health department or a state call center within three-to-seven days following the test.

In a news release Tuesday, Wisconsin National Guard officials noted the following ongoing specimen collection operations in the state:

  • Dane County: Two teams established a community-based testing site at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison May 11.  Nearly 6,700 specimens have been collected as of May 26.  One team will collect specimens today at a long-term care facility in Verona.
  • Dodge County: Two teams started specimen collection today at the Dodge Department of Corrections facility.
  • Fond du Lac County: Two teams started specimen collection today at the Waupun Correctional facility.
  • Green County: One team will conduct specimen collection today at a long-term care facility in Monroe.
  • Milwaukee County: Three teams established a community-based specimen collection site May 11 at 2701 S. Chase Avenue (UMOS) and it has collected 10,683 specimens as of May 26.   One team will conduct specimen collection today at a long-term care facility in Franklin.
  • Monroe County: One team will conduct specimen collection today at the Wisconsin National Guard’s Challenge Academy at Ft. McCoy.
  • Racine County: One team established a community-based testing site at Festival Hall in Racine May 18 and has collected over 2,500 specimens as of May 26.
  • Rock County: One team will conduct specimen collection at a long-term care facility today in Brodhead.

Previously concluded missions include:

  • Ashland County: One team completed a community-based specimen collection mission at Lake Superior Primary School in Ashland May 7. The team collected approximately 150 specimens.
  • Barron County: One team supported a community-based specimen collection mission at the St. Croix Casino Campground in Turtle Lake May 3-4. The team collected 230 specimens.
  • Brown County: One National Guard team on site at a food processing facility that began April 28 and concluded by 2 May and collected 738 specimens.Operations began at the Resch Center April 30 for focused-community testing for select businesses and their families. The Resch Center site then supported community-based testing May 4-22 and nearly 8,500 specimens were collected. Another Wisconsin National Guard specimen collection team supported a second community-based testing site at Casa ALBA in Green Bay May 6-22 and collected over 4,500 specimens.
  • Buffalo County: Community-based testing in Alma concluded May 1, where a National Guard team collected nearly 200 specimens.
  • Burnett County: One National Guard team supported a community-based testing site in Burnett County May 5 and collected 130 specimens.
  • Chippewa County: One team collected 20 specimens at a long-term care facility in Chippewa Falls May 20.
  • Clark County: One team conducted a community-based testing site at Thorp High School in Thorp May 13 and collected nearly 150 specimens.  One team collected nearly 150 specimens at a long-term care facility in Colby May 20.
  • Crawford County:One National Guard specimen collection team collected nearly 300 specimens from a factory in Prairie Du Chien May 5.  One team collected over 220 specimens at a long-term care facility in Prairie du Chien May 20.
  • Dane County: One team tested more than 1,000 staff and inmates at the Dane County Jail in Madison from April 24-27.
  • Dodge County: One team collected over 400 specimens at a food processing facility in Beaver Dam May 8-9.
  • Douglas County: One National Guard team supported a community-based testing site in Solon Springs May 6 and collected more than 170 specimens.
  • Eau Claire County: One team supported a community-based testing site at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire May 10-11 and collected just over 500 specimens.
  • Florence County: One team conducted a community-based testing site in Florence May 12 and collected 209 specimens.
  • Fond du Lac County: One team conducted site-based specimen collection in Fairwater May 16 and collected nearly 50 specimens.
  • Grant County: One team tested more than 270 staff and residents at the Orchard Manor senior living facility in Lancaster April 25. Another team collected more than 230 specimens at a factory in Platteville May 4.
  • Jackson County: One team established a community-based testing site at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Black River Falls May 19 and collected over 170 specimens.
  • Kenosha County: More than 650 specimens collected April 28-29 at the Kenosha County Pre-trial facility and Kenosha County Detention Center. One team tested more than 130 individuals at a Pleasant Prairie meat processing facility May 2. Another team collected more than 400 specimens after completing a mission at meat packing facility in Kenosha May 7.
  • La Crosse County: One team established a community-based testing site at the Omni Center in Onalaska May 21 and collected over 300 specimens.
  • Lincoln County: One team collected over 70 specimens at a senior living facility in Tomahawk May 18.
  • Manitowoc County: One team established a community-based testing site at the Manitowoc County Expo Grounds in Manitowoc May 21-22 and collected over 450 specimens.
  • Marathon County: One team established a community-based testing site at North Central Technical College in Wausau May 19 and collected over 220 specimens.
  • Marinette County: One team conducted community-based testing site in Crivitz May 12-14 and collected nearly 770 specimens.
  • Menominee County: One team established a community-based testing site at the Menominee Department of Transit Services in Keshena May 15-19 and collected over 1,050 specimens.
  • Milwaukee County: One team tested nearly 1,000 staff and inmates at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections, and a second team completed more than 500 tests at a local meat processing facility April 28. A third team completed testing at a food processing facility in Milwaukee May 4 and collected more than 450 specimens. Another team collected more than 100 specimens at a meat-processing facility in Milwaukee May 8.Additionally, one team collected over 160 specimens May 12 at the Felmer O. Chaney and Marshall E. Sherrer Department of Corrections facilities.  One team collected over 100 specimens at the Department of Corrections Women’s Center in Milwaukee May 18.  One team collecting nearly 1,000 specimens May 19-21 at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Center.  One team supporting two local health clinics Apr. 20 to May 22 and collected over 400 specimens.  Three teams conducted a community-based specimen collection site May 11-23 at 5760 W. Capitol Drive (Midtown) and collected 8,305 specimens.
  • Monroe County: One team collected 300 specimens May 22 at a long-term care facility in Sparta.
  • Oneida County: One team established a community-based testing site at Lakeland High School in Minocqua May 20 and collected nearly 150 specimens.  One team established a community-based testing site at Rhinelander High School in Rhinelander May 21 and collected 130 specimens.
  • Outagamie County: One team collected nearly 350 specimens at a long-term care facility in Kaukauna May 20. One team conducted a community-based testing site at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton May 11-22 and collected nearly 3,300 specimens.  This site also supported Winnebago and Calumet counties.
  • Portage County: One team collected nearly 350 specimens at a community-based testing site at Portage County Health and Human Services in Stevens Point May 11-12.
  • Price County: One team collected 51 specimens at a community-based testing site at the DNR Ranger Station in Prentice May 17.
  • Racine County: One team collected more than 160 specimens at a food processing facility in Burlington May 4. Another team collected more than 150 specimens at a medical facility in Sturtevant May 7-8.One team conducted a community-based testing site at Burlington High School in Burlington May 11-15 and collected 1,662 specimens.  A team collected nearly 650 specimens at a Department of Health Services facility in Union Grove May 14-16.  One team collected over 230 specimens May 19 at an industrial facility today in Sturtevant.  One team collected over 250 specimens May 21 at an industrial facility in Burlington.
  • Rock County: Two teams established community-based testing sites at Krueger Park and Telfer Park in Beloit May 15-22 and collected over 2,400 specimens.
  • Rusk County: One team collected nearly 120 specimens at a community-based testing site at the Rusk County Fairgrounds in Flambeau May 14.
  • Sauk County: More than 175 specimens collected during testing in Baraboo that concluded April 29; Lake Delton seasonal staff dormitory testing concluded April 25 with approximately 175 specimens collected. Another team collected more than 130 specimens at a community-based testing site May 7 in Spring Green.
  • Sawyer County: One team collected over 100 specimens at a community-based testing site at the Winter Fire Hall in Winter May 14.  One team collected 262 specimens at a community-based testing site at the Hayward Wesleyan Church in Hayward May 15.
  • Sheboygan County: One team tested nearly 170 staff and residents at the Sunny Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center April 5.
  • St. Croix County: One team collected nearly 230 specimens at a community-based specimen collection site in Baldwin May 8 and one team collected nearly 190 specimens at a community-based specimen collection site in River Falls May 9.One team conducted site-based specimen collection in New Richmond May 18 and collected nearly 40 specimens.
  • Trempealeau County: One team established facility-based specimen collection in Whitehall May 16 and collected 25 specimens.  One team established a community-based testing site at Arcadia High School in Arcadia May 20 and collected nearly 200 specimens.
  • Walworth County: One team collected more than 400 specimens at a food-processing facility in Darien May 7-8.  One team collected over 225 specimens at a community-based testing site at West Park in Darien May 11-12.
  • Washington County: One team collected over 180 specimens at a long-term care facility in Slinger May 20.
  • Waukesha County: One team operated a community-based testing site at the Waukesha County Expo Center in Waukesha May 9-12 where it collected nearly 925 specimens.
  • Wood County: One team collected over 250 specimens at a community-based specimen collection site in Wisconsin Rapids May 8-9.

As of Tuesday, the release said Wisconsin National Guard teams had collected 68,117 specimens statewide.

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