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Local COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is covered by federally-funded programs or most insurances for anyone who is experiencing a symptom of COVID-19, or if you are a close contact. You are encouraged to check with your insurance provider to determine if you may have any "out of pocket" expenses based on your plan. These expenses would be for the administration fee associated with testing at some health care facilities. COVID-19 tests themselves are provided from the federal government and are free.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Most people have mild symptoms and are able to recover at home. Some may have severe symptoms that lead to hospitalization or death. If you feel sick, isolate yourself from others and get tested for COVID-19.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, stay home and limit contact with others as much as possible while you wait for results.

If you have tested positive with a PCR test, you do not have to get tested again to confirm that you are well. Follow DHS guidelines to determine when you can be released from isolation.

Get Tested

CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

Types of Tests

At-home COVID-19 tests are less accurate than tests performed in a laboratory, and are also not supervised by a health care provider. Although at-home COVID-19 tests are convenient and can provide quick results, a second test performed in a laboratory is necessary for travel purposes, shortening or exempting you from quarantine, and most other official public health decisions.
More information on At-home tests: COVID-19 At Home Tests

Viral tests are used to look for current infection. A viral test checks specimens from your nose or your mouth to find out if you are currently infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Two types of viral tests are used: nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) and antigen tests.

Antibody or serology tests look for antibodies in your blood that fight the virus that causes COVID-19. A positive antibody test result shows you may have antibodies from a previous infection or from vaccination for the virus that causes COVID-19. Antibody testing is not recommended to infer immunity to COVID-19 to assess the need for vaccination in an unvaccinated person, or to determine the need to quarantine after a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

More information on the different tests: COVID-19 Testing-What to Know

Recommendations for Isolation and Quarantine Periods

The CDC has updated the recommendations for shorter Isolation and Quarantine periods. The science is showing that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from person-to-person occurs early in the course of the illness, generally in the 1-2 days before the onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after symptoms have started.

If you start having COVID-like symptoms or have been exposed to a person who is infected with COVID-19, WEAR A MASK and ISOLATE from others until a negative test confirms symptoms are not due to COVID-19.

Notify close contacts as soon as symptoms start so they can begin to monitor for symptoms and WEAR A MASK until you notify them of the results of your COVID-19 test.

Isolation - New Recommendations for Shorter Isolation Period

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
If your test result is positive for COVID-19, you will be notified of the test result by a health professional.

You will need to isolate for at least 5 days after the first day of symptoms (or test date if you are asymptomatic).

Some people need to isolate longer; remain isolated past day 5 if any of the following apply to you:

  • Symptoms are not resolving at day 5; isolate until symptoms are resolving and you are fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • You are a healthcare worker; follow guidance provided by your facility.
  • You are moderately to severely ill with COVID-19; isolate for 10 days.
  • You are moderately to severely immune compromised; isolate for at least 10 days.
  • You are unable to wear a mask while in public or around other people for 5 days after your isolation period has ended; isolate for 10 days.
  • Your physician has told you to isolate longer.

Release after day 5 with no symptoms or symptoms resolving will require you to continue to wear a mask around others in public for an additional 5 days.

Quarantine – New Recommendations for Shorter Quarantine Period

Quarantine is to monitor for symptoms after you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. People who are in quarantine should stay home, avoid travel, wear a mask if you have to be around others, and if you live with someone with COVID-19, stay separate from sick members in the household as much as possible.

You need to quarantine for 5 days if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. It is recommended to get tested 5 days after exposure, if possible. If symptoms occur, immediately isolate yourself from others until a negative test confirms symptoms are not due to COVID-19.

If you continue to be in contact with the infected person (for example, they live in your home), you will quarantine for 5 days after your last exposure to the infected person. If complete isolation (separation) is not possible, you must quarantine for an additional 5 days after the infected household member is released from their isolation.

You do not need to quarantine if you:

  • Have received your COVID-19 booster dose OR
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR
  • Completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months

You must wear a mask when around others for 10 days after exposure.It is recommended to get tested 5 days after exposure, if possible. If symptoms occur, immediately isolate yourself from others until a negative test confirms symptoms are not due to COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 during quarantine, isolate from other members of your household and get tested.

Answer the Call - Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is key to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helps protect you, your family, and your community. For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/contact-tracing.html


When the Wood County Health Department calls you, ANSWER THE CALL to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community.

  • Discussions with public health workers are confidential. This means that your personal and medical information will be kept private and only shared with those who may need to know, like your healthcare provider.
  • Your name will not be shared with those you came in contact with, even if they ask. The public health worker will only notify people you were in close contact with that they might have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Public health workers may be able to connect you with other supportive services that can help you isolate or quarantine.

Wood County Health Department On-line Interview

People may receive a text message from the Wood County Health Department after testing positive for COVID-19. The text message asks them to fill out an online interview using a HIPAA compliant form on Jotform. The text message will include a disease investigator’s contact information should you have questions or concerns.

With all of the scam texts people are getting nowadays, we understand it may be difficult to tell if this text is from the Wood County Health Department or not. Here are some things to expect when receiving the text from us:

  • We will not ask for bank accounts, insurance information or social security numbers.
  • The interview form sent in the text is a Jotform link and the first part of the link will look like this: https://hipaa.jotform.com/
  • If you feel something is suspicious, please contact us at 715-421-8911.

While the Health Department will attempt to follow-up with individuals who test positive, review isolation recommendations, and determine close contacts, the response may be delayed more than 24 hours. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 please stay home and isolate (separate from others) immediately for a minimum of 5 days from the start of your symptoms or the date you were tested if you have no symptoms. And, you must have no new or worsening symptoms and be fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medications before release from isolation.

COVID-19 Testing Locations

WOOD COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT - WISCONSIN RAPIDS

Tuesdays and Thursdays through February
9:00AM – 12:00PM (No appointment necessary)
Drive thru testing located at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
For more information click here: WC Health Department COVID-19 Testing Flyer
Call Wood County Health Department with any questions: 715-421-8911

Marshfield Clinic Health Services

Aspirus Riverview Hospital

University Wisconsin Stevens Point

Testing info for all 3 campuses: https://www.uwsp.edu/coronavirus/Pages/testing.aspx
(Offering community testing through Dec. 22)

  • Stevens Point – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Tests are in Science Building, Room C124, 2001 Fourth Ave, Stevens Point
    Schedule testing at Schedule UWSP COVID19 Test
  • Marshfield – Mondays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., physical education building, 2000 W. 5th St.
    Schedule testing at Schedule UWSP-MF COVID19 Test
  • Wausau – Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., art studio, 620 S. 7th Ave.
    Schedule testing at Schedule UWSP-Wausau COVID19 Test

CVS Pharmacy – 2410 8th St S, Wisconsin Rapids

  • Limited appointments available – schedule online at CVS COVID Test

Walgreens

Wisconsin Rapids VA Clinic – 700 Hale St, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

  • Offered to Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care and meet CDC criteria for testing. Appointments required.
  • For more information: Call 715-424-4682 or check the website: Wisconsin Rapids VA

Testing site information changes frequently.

You can also check: DHS Community Testing Sites