Antigen testing

Free testing for COVID-19 is available to anyone ages 5 years and older, in the La Crosse area at Cartwright Center on the UW-La Crosse campus. The University of Wisconsin System, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is offering this testing option to help catch asymptomatic spreaders of COVID-19, and to help people make informed decisions regarding health and safety. 

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The BinaxNOW Testing Program will offer tests to anyone — even those with no symptoms. Registration is required. Some participants are advised to take a confirmatory PCR test. 

It is requested you stay onsite until you've confirmed your rapid, antigen test results. You will need to log onto your profile to view the antigen results. The initial BinaxNOW antigen test usually has a turnaround of about 15-30mins.

Preferred EXTENDED Testing Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
Center will be OPEN on MLK Day, 1/17/22

Register for a rapid, antigen test: https://www.wihealthconnect.com/

Log on to your profile for antigen test results: portal.uwlax.vivi.healthcare
You will not get an email when you're results are ready. Log into your portal ~15-30 mins after initial test.

Any questions regarding your test results or testing procedure; or, if you need a printed copy, can be directed to UW System Hotline at 608.855.9191.

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Parking is available on the streets around campus.  Take note that some streets have parking time limits while others are pay-to-park through the city of La Crosse.

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Where is the Antigen testing site located?

The BinaxNOW antigen testing site at UW-La Crosse is located in Cartwright Center. 

It is requested you stay onsite until you've confirmed your rapid, antigen test results. You will need to log onto your profile to view the antigen results. The initial BinaxNOW antigen test usually has a turnaround of about 15-30mins.

COVID testing quick guide

How do I schedule an antigen COVID-19 test on campus (UWL Cartwright Center)?

  • Register a profile on the Testing site:  https://uwlax.vivi.healthcare/
  • Cartwright Center appointment hrs: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
  • Fill out the assessment and pick a day/time for appointment 
  • You will need to log into this portal to view your antigen results, typically a 15-30 minutes turnaround: portal.uwlax.vivi.healthcare. Please remain on site until results are recieved. You will not get an email when your results are ready, you need to just log into the portal.

What is a PCR test versus and antigen test?

  • PCR test:
    • Usually a swab from a person's nose or throat.
    • The test looks for the genetic material (RNA) of the coronavirus.
  • Antigen test:
    • Usually a swab from a person’s nose or throat.
    • The test looks for proteins that are on the surface of the virus.

When should I get a PCR test?

  • If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • If you have had a negative antigen test but are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • If you have had a positive antigen test but are not experiencing any symptoms

Why would I need a PCR test if I’ve already had an antigen test?

  • PCR tests are more sensitive than antigen tests and can detect smaller amounts of virus in the body, so may be better able to detect COVID illness when someone is earlier in their illness.
  • Detecting illness early ensures the infected individual can start isolating right away, and reduces the chance they can spread the illness to others.
  • If you have a negative antigen test but are experiencing symptoms, it may be that the amount of virus in your body is too low for the antigen test to detect it. A PCR test helps confirm the antigen test results.
  • If you have a positive antigen result but are not experiencing symptoms, the PCR test helps confirm the antigen test results.

Where can I get a confirmation test if recommended after my antigen test?
It is recommended you stay on-site until your antigen test results are received (check results in your portal~15-30 mins)

  • The Cartwright testing site:
    • Testing hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, unless noted otherwise. 
    • PCR test will be used to confirm asymptomatic, positive antigen test or symptomatic, negative antigen test.
  • Off Campus COVID Testing (all PCR):

COVID Testing Handouts

The following materials are also distributed at the COVID-19 testing site:

Testing FAQ

How often do I need to be tested at UWL? expanding section

Regular testing is recommended if you are unvaccinated. Getting tested is expected if you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.
Residents living on campus should review the Residence Life COVID-19 page.

 

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How to schedule a rapid, antigen COVID-19 test on campus (UWL Cartwright Center)

  • Register a profile on the WHL website: https://www.wihealthconnect.com/ (the company administrating antigen BinaxNow testing in Cartwright Center). If you are a UWL student or employee, use your UWL email. 
  • Complete the assessment
  • Pick an appointment time, follow instructions for receiving the test and results.
  • Complete the rapid antigen test at your appointment time in Cartwright Center, 3rd floor.
  • NEW: It is requested you remain ON-SITE to await your results. You will need to log into your profile to retrieve your results: portal.uwlax.vivi.healthcare, typically 15-30 minutes turnaround.You will not receive a notification email that the results are ready.

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How do I get my test results? expanding section

There is no reminder/notification email of your antigen test being ready. You will need to log into your profile to view your test results: portal.uwlax.vivi.healthcare. Test results typically arrive within 15-30 minutes of your antigen test. 
UWL employees/students use your NET ID to log in.
Community Members use your cell phone number to log in.
Problems or technical difficulties accessing the UW Portal, antigen results, etc. contact the UW System Hotline: 608.855.9191.

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Who can get tested? expanding section

This program is open to university employees, off-campus students and anyone ages 5 years and older, in the broader community.

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Will there be a cost to those getting a test? expanding section

These tests are free for everyone. 

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Where can I get tested? expanding section

Tests will be conducted on the third floor of Cartwright Center, UW-La Crosse.

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What are the hours of testing? expanding section

Preferred Testing Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m to 4 p.m.

 

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What kind of tests? expanding section

These are antigen tests that will yield results relatively quickly — in as little as 15 minutes. More specifically, these are Abbott BinaxNOW tests.

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Do you have to be experiencing symptoms, be a close contact, or be a community resident to get a test? expanding section

No. However, you will be asked about potential symptoms when you register. 

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Do I need to register before getting tested? expanding section

Please register at https://uwlax.vivi.healthcare/ before showing up to get tested. Participants must also use the site to obtain results. 

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How are the tests administered? expanding section

The rapid antigen test is administered using a light nasal swab under the supervision of medical professionals. 

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Where can I park? expanding section

Parking is available on the streets around campus.  Take note that some streets have parking time limits while others are pay-to-park through the city of La Crosse.

Questions about parking during your COVID-19 test? Call UWL Parking Services at 608.785.8061

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Will there be PCR tests? expanding section

PCR test will be used to confirm asymptomatic, positive antigen tests or symptomatic, negative antigen tests.

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What is a PCR test versus and antigen test? expanding section
  • PCR test:
    • Usually a swab from a person's nose or throat.
    • The test looks for the genetic material (RNA) of the coronavirus.
  • Antigen test:
    • Usually a swab from a person’s nose or throat.
    • The test looks for proteins that are on the surface of the virus.

Last modified: 02/17/2021

When should I get a PCR test? expanding section
  • If you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • If you have had a negative antigen test but are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • If you have had a positive antigen test but are not experiencing any symptoms

Last modified: 11/10/2021

Why would I need a PCR test if I’ve already had an antigen test? expanding section
  • PCR tests are more sensitive than antigen tests and can detect smaller amounts of virus in the body, so may be better able to detect COVID illness when someone is earlier in their illness.
  • Detecting illness early ensures the infected individual can start isolating right away, and reduces the chance they can spread the illness to others.
  • If you have a negative antigen test but are experiencing symptoms, it may be that the amount of virus in your body is too low for the antigen test to detect it. A PCR test helps confirm the antigen test results.
  • If you have a positive antigen result but are not experiencing symptoms, the PCR test helps confirm the antigen test results.

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Where can I get a confirmation test if recommended after my antigen test? expanding section
  • The Cartwright testing site, 2nd floor, hours are the same as the antigen test, listed above.  Use this site:
    •  PCR test will be used to confirm asymptomatic, positive antigen tests or symptomatic, negative antigen tests.
  • Off Campus COVID Testing (all PCR):

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How do I receive my PCR Test results? expanding section

All patients will receive an email stating that their result is available in the portal, positive or negative; only the positives will get the follow-up phone call

If you have testing procedure or portal questions, contact: UW System Hotline at 608.855.9191

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What if I test positive for COVID-19? expanding section

ALL: Immediately begin isolation, and:

UWL Student: Call or email the COVID-19 Hotline: 608-785-8559 OPTION 3, selfreport@uwlax.edu. Stay in your UWL residence till you receive instructions from the health professionals at the hotline.

UWL Employee: Immediately call your health provider and follow their instructions. Notify your UWL supervisor or UWL chair AND call or email the COVID hotline: 608-785-8559, option 3; selfreport@uwlax.edu

General Community: Follow your local health care provider instructors.

Review the CDC's guidelines on Isolation.

General questions? Call 608-785-8559 option 1

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I am experiencing technical difficulties with access to the UW Portal, antigen results, etc. expanding section

Please contact the UW system Hotline: phone number is 608-855-9191. 

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