Surgeon General announces new coronavirus testing site in Fox Valley
NEENAH (WLUK) -- Wisconsin's record coronavirus surge is so severe the U.S. Surgeon General traveled to Neenah to announce a special testing site.
Dr. Jerome Adams says Wisconsin is considered a "red" state because its positive test percentage is higher than 10%. As of Thursday, the state's seven-day average more than doubled that level, standing at 20.7%.
"This new surge testing site will allow anyone to come up and get testing for free... it’s easy," Dr. Adams said.
"This is huge for us to have the surgeon general come and kick off this site for us, it really shows the urgency and the commitment," state senator Roger Roth said.
The surgeon general says 30% to 40% of people spread the virus without ever knowing, making testing even more important.
"You don’t want to be the one to pass along to your grandmother your grandfather at Thanksgiving dinner," Dr. Adams said.
"I understand that people are fatigued, I’m a dad, I have a 16-year-old, 14-year-old and 10-year-old," Dr. Adams said. "What I want people to know is that we are almost to a vaccine. I talked to Tony Fauci just a few days ago, we still expect a vaccine by the end of this year, beginning of next year. We’re almost at the finish line in terms of having all the tools we need to put this virus to bed, but we just need to stay the course."
Dr. Adams says that means following what he calls the 3 W's... washing your hands, watching your distance, and wearing a mask.
"This is not an instrument of oppression, this is a instrument of freedom because this is how we stay open," Dr. Adams said while holding up a face mask. "All of you who say I don't want to wear a mask, you can't make me wear a mask, it's against my principles to wear a mask -- I want you to understand that the more people who wear these, the more schools will be open, the more workplaces will be open."
"We don’t need to, we don’t plan to, and we don’t want to shut down, but if we want to avoid a shut down we need you all to do your part," Dr. Adams finished.
If doing your part includes getting tested, you can expect your results back in less than 3 days.
"Come in over the next two weeks, find out your status, bring your family, bring your friends... free, quick, easy," Dr. Adams said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' surge testing site is at ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah, 333 N. Green Bay Rd.
Those who plan to get tested need to schedule an appointment at doineedacovid19test.com. Testing first runs from 2-7 p.m. Friday, with full hours beginning Wednesday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Click the link to watch full press conference.