Milwaukee COVID testing sites reopen Monday, long lines

Milwaukee's free COVID-19 testing sites opened back up Monday, Dec. 27 after being closed for the holiday weekend. And if you want a COVID-19 test this week, plan to wait in line. Testing sites were seeing lines a mile-long Monday. 

The COVID-19 services – including testing and vaccinations – at the Northwest Health Center, Southside Health Center, and Menomonee Valley Site resume regular hours on Monday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30. 

After closing the three community testing sites for the holiday weekend – people arrived extra early to get a COVID-19 test when they reopened Monday morning. 

"I started having symptoms last week Thursday evening," said Jennifer Turner.

Jennifer Turner said she wanted to get tested before returning to work.

"Hopefully it’ll just be a cold and I test negative, that’s my hope," said Turner. 

Others in line are hoping for the same result. 

"We already had our shots and boosters, but we were around someone who had COVID-19," said Evelyn Johnson.

Which led Evelyn and Otis Johnson to be the first ones in line to get tested at the Northwest Health Center. 

"We’re here, and we want to be the first ones and get on out of here," said Evelyn Johnson. 

The Northwest Health Center and the Southside Health Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The Menomonee Valley Site will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

"If you’re having symptoms definitely get tested, you’d rather be safe than sorry," said Turner. 

While COVID-19 services resumed on Monday, other services at the Northwest Health Center and Southside Health Center will be closed on Monday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Jan. 3 in observance of the city holidays.

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