Walworth County Remains in “High” COVID-19 Transmission Level; Testing Available As Young as One Year of Age

Editor’s note: The following information was provided by the Walworth County Health Department.

As of Oct. 7, 2021, Walworth County remains in the CDC’s high transmission level with 157
active cases and a case rate of 232.99 per 100,000 persons. To maximize protection from the Delta variant and to reduce community transmission, Walworth County Public Health, along with emergency and healthcare organizations, urges residents to follow the CDC’s COVID-19 guidance. This includes wearing masks indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission, getting vaccinated as soon as possible, washing hands,
practicing social distancing, avoiding crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and staying home if
“Authorized vaccinations have been proven safe and effective at reducing severe illness from
COVID-19,” says Erica Bergstrom, Walworth County Public Health Officer. “The vaccine, in conjunction with masking, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene, reduces serious illness, hospitalizations, and community transmission.”
For local public health guidance and COVID-19 testing and vaccine information, please contact
Walworth County Public Health at (262) 741-3200, email walcoph@co.walworth.wi.us, follow
us on Facebook or visit us online at www.co.walworth.wi.us.

Current Testing Locations

UW-W Esker Hall, 420 N Prairie St, Whitewater
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
Free parking is available in lot 11
Register at https://www.wihealthconnect.com/ (select “community”) or call 1-800-635-8611
Serving community members ages 5 and up
Testing is free. Call the UW-W COVID hotline at 262-472-1362 for more information.

Wisconsin National Guard to Conduct COVID-19 Testing at Walworth County Fairgrounds – Tuesday, October 12

Walworth County Public Health and the Wisconsin National Guard (WING)
will relaunch drive-through COVID-19 testing at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. The WING
testing site will be open to the public Oct. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Testing is free, and no
registration is required. WING will administer PCR tests for adults and children as young as one
year of age.
Future testing dates will be determined in coming weeks. Access to the testing site is
via the Fairgrounds’ east entrance off Hwy. 11 near the horse barns; follow the drive to the 4-H

“Access to free and convenient testing is a critical component to stopping the spread of COVID-
19,” says Erica Bergstrom, Walworth County Public Health officer. “We are grateful to the
WING for their continued support of our efforts.”

A working group consisting of representatives from Aurora Health Care, Mercyhealth, Walworth
County Emergency Operations, and Walworth County Public Health decided the relaunch of the
WING testing site was necessary to reduce strain on local healthcare systems caused by
heightened testing demand. The increase in testing is due to a combination of high rates of
COVID transmission, schools back in session, and healthcare and private employer testing

COVID-19 rapid and PCR tests are also available locally through UW-Whitewater, local
healthcare providers, and select Walgreens locations. For full details, visit

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