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Free COVID-19 testing site planned for Waukesha County

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WAUKESHA, Wis. (CB5 58) -- Free COVID-19 testing is coming to Waukesha County as part of a three-day, drive-thru testing event.

Public health officials are hoping to test 900 people at the Waukesha County Expo Center. It's in order to meet goals outlined in the Badger Bounce Back plan to increase testing statewide.

Local officials and emergency management are partnering up with the National Guard to open and set-up the surge community testing site.

Those with COVID-19 symptoms will be able to drive-up and get the nasal swab test.

The actual testing doesn’t take place until Saturday, May 9, Monday May 11 and Tuesday, May 12 from 9 am - 5 pm. People will have to set-up an appointment by calling in advance starting Tuesday. The number is 262-548-7626.

“It’ll be about 30 national guardsmen that’ll be here to do the testing,” said Paul Farrow, Waukesha County Executive. “The guards will be the ones providing the test system, so they’ll come in, they’ll be in their own PPE and providing the testing. The county public health will be following up to do the contact tracing.”

According to the Waukesha County Dashboard, there have been 366 confirmed cases of COVID-19, so far.

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