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UW-Superior opens COVID-19 rapid testing site for both Minnesota and Wisconsin residents

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SUPERIOR, WI-- There's anew option for Minnesota and Wisconsin residents looking to get a Covid-19 test.

The University of Wisconsin Superior kicked off their free rapid testing site Monday, where results come back in 15 minutes.

"It was not bad at all. It's like wiping your nose," said Maisie Johnson, a UW-Superior student.

Johnson was one of the first to receive a free COVID-19 test Monday afternoon inside Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium.

"I have to get tested for work so I thought I was going to be out for a few days but if I am negative I get to find out today and so I can go back to work tomorrow which is great," said Johnson.

The UW System is the first testing site using Abbott BinaxNOW antigen tests, which provide results in minutes, instead of days.

"Having a rapid test is a great opportunity for individuals who are concerned about COVID-19," said Harry Anderson, UW-Superior Dean of Students.

These tests are self-administered using a light nasal swab under the supervision of medical professionals.

As opposed to traditional nasal testing, these swabs are only inserted into the nose about three-quarters of an inch.

"If we can provide this proactive approach to being able to identify those that are asymptomatic and being able to get those folks to isolate and quarantine and understand the importance of doing so, it's a great service we can provide," said Anderson.

Officials expect the testing site will have around 90 people go through it on a given day without delays in test results.

"We anticipate the way this is designed is to be able to produce those rapid results to individuals as quickly as possible so as long as we are able to do that we will continue to provide that service," said Anderson.

The testing site will be open Monday through Friday 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and is open to anyone five years or older, whether or not they're are experiencing symptoms.

If you would like to register, click here.

Ryan Compeau

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