(Juneau) The Dodge County Health Department is highlighting several options for citizens to request COVID tests for home delivery. The federal government has launched a new website, with tests available for request at www.COVIDTests.gov. There is a limit of one order per residential address.
One order includes four rapid antigen COVID tests and orders are expected to ship within seven to 12 days. The health department says results of the test are shown within 30 minutes, and no lab drop off is needed. They add that some workplaces or employers will not accept a rapid test if they require a negative test to return back to work or school.
Free at-home tests are also available for county residents, and can be requested at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/collection.htm. The kit will be mailed to you, then you can mail your collected sample in for a laboratory result. This option does result in a longer waiting period as it is a PCR test and “snail mail” is involved.
County health officials say home tests do not need to be reported to their department and those with questions are asked to reach out to their primary health care provider. Links to the sites can be found at DailyDodge.com.
Dodge County health officials confirmed one COVID death Friday. That brings the total death count to 297 with 261 confirmed and 36 probable deaths. There were 249 new cases reported on Friday with two hospitalizations. Active community cases stand at 1,384, a one-day decrease of 163.
The seven day daily average of new cases per 100-thousand people still remains at extremely high levels. It is currently at 283.7. That is a drop of roughly five from the number recorded by health officials on Thursday and down seven from the number the day prior. Twenty-five cases and above is what health officials classify as the “tipping point.”
So far, 51.6-percent of Dodge County has received at least one dose of the vaccine while 48.6-percent have completed the vaccination series.
–Photo courtesy of the Dodge County Public Health Facebook page