UWS to end community COVID testing April 1

The free COVID-19 test site at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will close to community members on April 1 but will remain open for UWS students and employees.

The site in the Marcovich Wellness Center is operated in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Nearly 32,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered at the site in the past year and a half.

In a statement, Chancellor Renée Wachter said the decision was made in conjunction with the UW System and Douglas County Public Health.

"As COVID-19 cases continue to decline in our area, the clinic has seen a drop in demand for testing services," Wachter said.

The site uses a rapid antigen test, which is the same or similar to tests that can be ordered for free through the U.S. Postal Service website or purchased at area drug stores.

Testing is also available through pharmacies and health care centers, and at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.