Appleton COVID-19 testing site sees steady stream of cars on opening day

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 7:44 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2020 at 4:09 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - The Outagamie County community COVID-19 testing site opened to a steady stream of cars on its first day of operation at Appleton North High School Thursday.

The city announced earlier this week that it would be operating a free drive-through testing site in conjunction with the county, school district and Wisconsin National Guard.

This location is the second Tri-County site to open. Winnebago County has been running testing out of the Sunnyview Expo Center since September 1. Calumet County plans to open a site next week at Christ the Rock Church in Menasha.

“As Outagamie County we are providing staffing and resources to support the City of Appleton since it’s in the City of Appleton’s jurisdiction, but we wanted to continue that collaboration together to provide testing in the Fox Valley," Outagamie County Public Health Officer Natalie Vandeveld said.

The site opened as scheduled at 8 a.m. despite an accident with an Action 2 News live truck striking a tent. Action 2 News is cooperating with officials.

The testing site will operate three days a week through December 9. CLICK HERE for a map.

We’re told 300 tests are allocated for this site each day. Health department officials say there’s a little flexibility in that number, but they want to make sure the tests are being used efficiently.

“It’s real important with the limited resources we have, that we really expressed interest in people that are symptomatic coming to this site and then anyone who is a name contact to someone who has tested positive,” Appleton Public Health Officer Kurt Eggebrecht explained. “That would allow us to use the best resources that we have here for the people most in need.”

With a big emphasis on testing and how it can help stop the spread of the coronavirus, opening this site is a step in the right direction. But health officials say it’s also about personal responsibility.

“If we all do our part and we wear a mask, we social distance, and we don’t do gatherings outside of our households, then we don’t need the testing, we won’t need the hospitals full," Eggebrecht said.

These are dates and times of the testing site:

  • October 15-17 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • October 19-21 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • October 26-28 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • November 2-4 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • November 9-10 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • November 16-18 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • November 23-25 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • November 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • December 1-2 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • December 7-9 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

***UPDATE*** Testing will take place in the parking lot of Appleton North High School. Please view traffic map here:...

Posted by Appleton City Hall on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

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