EAU CLAIRE (WQOW) - With COVID-19 cases surging across the Chippewa Valley, the need for antigen testing is increasing, and despite a national shortage of the COVID-19 detection test, UW-Eau Claire officials said they don't foresee running out.
Currently the university offers free antigen testing for staff, students, and the community. Students and staff of the university, who are not vaccinated are required to be tested weekly.
UW-Eau Claire's Vice Chancellor Grace Crickette said there is no hierarchy when it comes to who can receive the COVID-19 test.
"We have not had any communication with the Department of Health in regards to a shortage of supply on antigen testing. Ever since starting any of our testing clinics, we've always had a mixture of slots for our community and for students and for our staff," Crickette said.
Already this week, UW-Eau Claire's dashboard shows that more than 100 on-campus students have been tested for COVID-19.
The university's rapid result antigen testing is supplied through Wisconsin's DHS by Weber Health. If antigen tests are positive, the university uses the PCR form as a confirmation test.
Registration is required for community members to receive an antigen test. Click or tap here to register.