NEENAH, Wis. – As the more-contagious and more-severe Delta variant of COVID-19 is leading to an increase of positive cases in Northeast and Central Wisconsin, ThedaCare is adding additional testing sites and dates to ensure access to testing.
“COVID-19 isn’t over,” said Dr. Mark Cockley, ThedaCare Chief Clinical Officer. “It will linger and potentially spread in our communities for some time. Wisconsin Department of Health Services declared the Fox Valley as a region in the state where hospitalizations are significantly increasing in recent weeks. We must come together as a community once again, take precautions and continue moving in the right direction to stop the spread of the virus.”
Dr. Cockley noted the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations in the U.S are among those who are unvaccinated. Currently, the vaccine rate has stalled with only 48.2% of all people in the Fox Cities region having received at least one dose. ThedaCare encourages all those who are eligible to be vaccinated, do so.
In addition to the vaccine, to help manage community spread of COVID-19, testing is critical. Testing gives health systems insight to the breadth and depth of those infected in our communities, and help better understand the spread of the virus. ThedaCare encourages community members to be tested if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
The schedule is as follows:
|8/9/2021||Culver Family Welcome Center University of Wisconsin Oshkosh||625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901 ||8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Rapid testing available. Most results within 15 minutes. PCR testing available. Most results within 24-48 hours.|
|8/10/2021||Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium||2400 N. Casaloma Dr., Appleton, WI 54913||8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.||Rapid testing available. Most results within 15 minutes. PCR testing available. Most results within 24-48 hours.|
|8/11/2021||ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah||333 North Green Bay Road, Neenah, WI 54956||8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.||Rapid testing available. Most results within 15 minutes. PCR testing available. Most results within 24-48 hours.|
|8/12/2021||Christ the Rock Community Church||W6254 US-10 #114, Menasha, WI 54952||8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
|8/13/2021||Culver Family Welcome Center University of Wisconsin Oshkosh||625 Pearl Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901 ||8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.|
The drive-through testing is free and is available to all community members experiencing symptoms, those who believe they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and anyone who is worried about possibly having the virus. Though appointments are not required, they are recommended; individuals can pre-register online at doineedacovid19test.com or register onsite. You do not need to be a ThedaCare patient to receive a test. Those seeking testing do not need to be a resident of the community where these testing sites are located. Individuals under 18 years old must have a parent or legal guardian present to consent. Results will be given online, or through a phone call if necessary.
For those unsure about their symptoms and want more information about whether or not they should seek testing, they can access the ThedaCare online symptom checker at ThedaCareCovid19.org. After completing a brief questionnaire about their symptoms, individuals will be given more information about next steps to take, including how to schedule a test. The site also includes information about COVID-19, testing, online care options and other important news and updates.
For more than 110 years, ThedaCare® has been committed to improving the health of the communities it serves in northeast and central Wisconsin. The organization delivers care to more than 600,000 residents in 17 counties and employs approximately 7,000 health care professionals. ThedaCare has 180 points of care, including seven hospitals. As an organization committed to being a leader in Population Health, team members are dedicated to empowering people to live their best lives through easy access to individualized care, supporting each person’s own health and wellbeing. ThedaCare also partners with communities to understand unique needs, finding solutions together, and encouraging health awareness and action. ThedaCare is the first in Wisconsin to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network Member, giving specialists the ability to consult with Mayo Clinic experts on a patient’s care. ThedaCare is a not-for-profit health system with a level II trauma center, comprehensive cancer treatment, stroke and cardiac programs, as well as primary care.