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Open Arms Clinic offering COVID-19 tests
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Open Arms Clinic offering COVID-19 tests

National Gaurd, Big Foot testing

A member of the Wisconsin National Guard packages nasal swabs for testing at a laboratory during a July 14 coronavirus testing event at Big Foot High School in Walworth.

ELKHORN – The Open Arms Free Clinic in Elkhorn has begun a free COVID-19 testing service, making it the only complimentary test facility in the county at this time.

A team of clinicians began free drive-thru testing at the clinic’s 205 Commerce Court location Tuesday and plans to offer testing while supply last through the end of October.

The clinic will offer testing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Online preregistration for testing is recommended. But those unable to preregister online can drive-up and register in person if needed. 

Testing is open to all those who work or live in Wisconsin, ages 5 and up, regardless of their insurance status or financial situation.

During a Tuesday, Oct. 13, virtual town hall meeting hosted by the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services, information regarding when someone should be tested was provided by Andrew Morton, a family medicine physician at Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center-Walworth.

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During the meeting Morton said the only times an individual should be tested for the virus are if the person has flu-like symptoms or if they know they were in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.  

According to the physician, people without symptoms or contact should not be tested, neither should those who have already tested positive for up to three months following the original test.

“A lot of individuals who contracted COVID remain positive for months despite being asymptomatic, and according to some studies they are not infectious after a certain period of time,” he said.

Those who test positive for the coronavirus should isolate themselves from others for ten days and have recovered from their symptoms, according to Center for Disease Control recommendations.

The CDC also recommends that those who are tested self-quarantine while awaiting results.

Those who receive tests at Open Arms can expect to be informed of their results within five to seven days of taking the test.

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