Antigen testing

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

The BinaxNOW Testing Program will offer tests to anyone age five or older — even those with no symptoms. Registration is required. The initial BinaxNOW antigen test provides a result within 15 minutes. Some participants are advised to take a confirmatory PCR test. 

Planned Testing Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Parking
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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Last modified: 09/08/2021

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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. 

COVID testing quick guide

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

  • Register a profile on the eTrueNorth website: www.doineedacovid19test.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 voucher and results.
  • Complete the self-administered rapid antigen test at your appointment time in Cartwright Center.
  • A result notification will be emailed to the address you used to register for the appointment in ~30 minutes or so. 

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?

  • The Cartwright testing site, IF:
    • Within 48 hours
    • You will need your test voucher from your antigen test
  • The UWL Student Health Center has testing appointments Monday – Friday (students only)
    • For those with symptoms or close contacts whose exposure was at least 5-7 days ago. 
    • Please do not walk in for testing but call ahead (608) 785-8558 to make an appointment
  • Off Campus COVID Testing (all PCR):

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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I need a COVID-19 test, how do I make one for on campus? expanding section

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

  • Register a profile on the eTrueNorth website: www.doineedacovid19test.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 voucher and results.
  • Complete the self-administered rapid antigen test at your appointment time in Cartwright Center, 3rd floor.
  • A result notification will be emailed to the address you used to register for the appointment in ~30 minutes or so. 

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What is surge testing? expanding section

Surge testing will increase testing support for communities throughout Wisconsin that are facing dramatic increases of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. 

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Who can get tested? expanding section

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

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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

Planned Testing Hours:
Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 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 that have been distributed by the federal government. 

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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 www.doineedacovid19test.com before showing up to get tested. Participants must also use the site to obtain results. 

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How can a person update information in their registration documents if they entered incorrect information like their DOB, etc. expanding section

You cannot update information in the system onsite for those that have mistyped in the registration process.

However, the individual can call the customer service line (800-635-8611) and they can update the information. Do not make any corrections on the voucher. The corrections will be made in the system after the specimen has resulted.

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If someone does not have an email, can they still register? expanding section

Yes! Just use none@gmail.com. They will not get an automated email that their results are ready, so they will have to proactively log-in to see their results.

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How are the tests administered? expanding section

They are self-administered using a light nasal swab under the supervision of medical professionals. 

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Where do the results get sent to? expanding section

 eTrueNorth sends out state results based on home address to both the State where the person is tested AND to the state of residence.

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How does the person get notified of their results? expanding section

The email will come from noreply@doineedacovid19test.com.

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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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Why did HHS choose Wisconsin? expanding section

HHS responds to state and local communities dealing with outbreaks. Surge testing is intended to help local, state and federal public health experts identify new cases, including those who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. Identifying asymptomatic “silent spreaders” is critical to combatting the outbreak in Wisconsin. 

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Will there be PCR tests? expanding section

PCR Tests distributed by the federal government and allocated by the state Department of Health Services will be used to confirm a positive BinaxNOW test. 

Last modified: 11/04/2020

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: 02/17/2021

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.

Last modified: 02/17/2021

Where can I get a confirmation test if recommended after my antigen test? expanding section
  • The Cartwright testing site, 3rd floor, hours are the same as the antigen test, listed above.  Use this site IF:
    • Within 48 hours of your antigen test on campus
    • You will need your test voucher from your antigen test
  • The UWL Student Health Center has testing appointments Monday – Friday (students only)
    • For those with symptoms or close contacts whose exposure was at least 5-7 days ago. 
    • Please do not walk in for testing but call ahead (608) 785-8558 to make an appointment
  • Off Campus COVID Testing (all PCR):

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

Immediately begin isolation and call the COVID-19 Hotline, OPTION 3 for healthcare direction: 608.785.8559, option 3. Leave a message with your name and best phone number to contact- please have your voicemail set up! 

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