Testing Locations and Resources
At-Home Testing Options
- Say Yes to COVID Tests: The WI Department of Health Services (DHS) online portal for Wisconsinites to order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests directly to their homes. Orders can be placed on the Say Yes to COVID Test webpage.
- Pierce County Public Health - COVID-19 tests: Covid-19 at home test kits are available for pick-up in our Ellsworth and River Falls Offices. Kits are available to all residents of Pierce County. Each kit contains 2 rapid antigen tests, 1 kit per person. Test can be used on anyone age 2 and older.
More info about At-Home tests: At-home COVID-19 antigen tests are less likely to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus than molecular tests (such as PCR tests). This is especially true early in an infection or in people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Currently, all at-home COVID-19 antigen tests are FDA-authorized for repeat, or serial use. This means people should use multiple tests over a certain time period, such as 2-3 days, especially when the people using the tests don't have COVID-19 symptoms.
Oral medications to treat COVID-19 such as Paxlovid and Lagevrio (Molnupiravir) are available to help prevent you from becoming seriously ill, being hospitalized, or dying. You must be able to start taking these medications within five days after the first day your symptoms began. Due to this short amount of time, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is offering free virtual telehealth services to quickly connect Wisconsinites with a clinician who can determine if you are eligible for antiviral medication treatment and prescribe it - free of charge. Prescriptions may be sent to you via home delivery or picked up at one of over 700 pharmacies throughout Wisconsin. Insurance is not required. For more information on this free service, please visit COVID-19 Treatment Telehealth Service. To learn more about COVID-19 treatments, please visit COVID-19 Treatments and Medications.
Isolation and Close Contact Guidance
Isolate if you tested positive for COVID-19 regardless of your vaccination status. Please visit the following website for isolation guidance: Next Steps: After you are Diagnosed with COVID-19.
If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19, test promptly if you develop symptoms. If you don't develop symptoms, test at least 5 days after the final day of exposure and monitor for symptoms. Please visit the following website for guidance: Next Steps: Exposed to Someone with COVID-19.
Additional COVID-19 Information
Please visit the CDC COVID-19 website to stay up to date with the most current COVID-19 information.