The Wisconsin National Guard has extended the Dane County COVID-19 community testing site at the Alliant Energy Center to be open through June 24.

“In just over three weeks, 11,200 people have been tested at the Alliant Energy Center. Having this resource available in our community is an important step in understanding and controlling the spread of disease,” said Janel Heinrich, director of Public Health Madison & Dane County.

Testing is done by the National Guard in the New Holland Pavilion at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The site is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The test is free and available to all Dane County residents 5 and older who can arrive by car, bike or on foot. No appointment is necessary. Translation is available in Spanish and Hmong.

Free transportation is available for those that need it by calling the Public Health Transportation Line at 243-0420.

The test is not an antibody test and does not indicate if someone has had COVID-19 in the past. Test results are provided via phone call within three to five business days.

“It’s important to understand that, if you have a negative result after being tested, you should not assume that you can relax the prevention measures you’ve been doing, such as frequent hand washing, covering your coughs and sneezes, physical distancing, and staying home as much as possible,” said Heinrich. “This test is a snapshot in time, and we know that COVID-19 is circulating in our community. A negative test result doesn’t mean let your guard down.”

For more information and answers to questions about the testing site, visit publichealthmdc.com/coronavirustesting.

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