A testing site for walkup and drive-through COVID-19 tests opened at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Monday.
The site, which is conducting 60-90 tests per hour, is part of an effort to expand testing capabilities in parts of the state that have shown a lack of access. In order to lift restrictions under the Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers has said the state needs to conduct 85,000 tests per week.
At the site, patients wait in line in their cars before driving through the empty convention floor. People are directed through the lines by local health officials. A team of three National Guard members in full PPE does the testing. One medic does the (less intrusive) nasal swab while a second Guard member assists and a third team member handles the administrative paperwork.
It takes three to five minutes for a team to conduct one test with three teams working at one time.