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Appleton opening COVID-19 testing site at former Best Buy

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 1:22 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2021 at 10:28 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Appleton is opening a COVID-19 testing site at the former Best Buy building at 2411 S. Kensington Drive.

“We heard a lot of people telling us we can’t find tests, it’s too hard. I can’t get a test for two weeks out,” said Cassidy Walsh, Appleton Emergency Management Coordinator, adding “We just thought, you know, why don’t we bring it back. We’ll bring it back because National Guard is still around so the asset is still there and this location is absolutely perfect for a testing site.”

The city says walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is required. Pre-registration is encouraged to speed up the process. You can take the screening questionnaire here: https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov/en-US/

“I was talking to my partners in Oshkosh and they saw about two hundred tests today right away in the morning so I’m expecting quite a few people to show up,” Cassidy added.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these dates:

  • September 21
  • September 28
  • October 5
  • October 12
  • October 19
  • October 26
  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 23
  • November 30
  • December 7
  • December 14

Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to someone who has tested positive is encouraged to get tested.

Symptoms include: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, chills, muscle aches or loss of taste or smell.

The recent rise in positive cases is similar to what happened last year around this time.

Cassidy said, “You’re back indoors, you’re not outside doing as much activity. So, the cases are expected to continue rising and COVID, it’s just in our community. It’s prevalent in the community.”

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