Columbia County Public Health has requested assistance from the Wisconsin National Guard to provide free COVID-19 testing. The National Guard will be providing drive-through COVID-19 nasal swab testing in Cambria every other Friday starting on Oct. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional testing dates include Nov. 6, Nov. 20, and Dec. 4.

This event will be held at the Cambria Fire Department located at 702 Elizabeth Street in Cambria. The free testing is open to the community and appointments are not necessary. In an effort to save time, however, all are encouraged to register online. If you do not register online, you will still be tested. Staff on site will assist in the registration process. Registration should be done no sooner than 24 hours prior to the event at

Due to the unknown amount of interest, prepare for potential wait times. It is requested that vehicles form a line and stay in their mode of transportation at all times. No restroom facilities will be available on site, so please plan accordingly.

The National Guard will be doing the testing. They will be in uniform and full personal protective equipment. Individuals will be contacted with their results within 3-7 business days. A reminder to all to continue using safe practices like washing your hands, staying home and social distancing.

Columbia County Public Health understands this is not a central site for the county, but it allows access to needed testing to our residents on a consistent basis. We are continuing to work on identifying and securing additional testing sites in the county.

The above dates are subject to change based on needs identified by the COVID-19 Response Team as this response continues to evolve.

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