The Wisconsin National Guard has extended its mission in partnership with Manitowoc County to continue hosting recurring testing sites at the Manitowoc County Expo Center, 4921 Expo Dr., Manitowoc.

The site will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each of the following days: Dec. 15 and 29, Jan. 12 and 26, Feb. 9 and 23, and March 9.

Testing hours may be reduced if the maximum of 300 daily tests is reached before 6 p.m.

No appointment is needed, but pre-registration is encouraged. Pre-registration does not reserve a timeslot, but speeds up the testing process and should be completed as close as possible to the time of the actual test. Individuals can pre-register at https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov/.

Rapid tests or antibody tests are not available at these sites. Those tested will receive their results via email or a phone call from the state a few days after being tested.

The testing is free and open to anyone with symptoms or those who have had close contact with a positive case. Anyone having close contact should quarantine for 14 days and get tested no sooner than five days after exposure. Testing too soon after exposure can result in a false negative test. If you cannot quarantine for the full 14 days, you may be released from quarantine 10 days after exposure if you do not have any symptoms or after seven days if you test negative 48 hours prior to the end of your quarantine and have no symptoms.

People are considered a close contact if any of the following apply to them while they spent time with a person with COVID-19, even if they spent time with them up to 48 hours before they had symptoms:

• Were within 6 feet of the person for more than 15 minutes;

• Had direct physical contact, such as a hug, kiss, or handshake;

• Had contact with a person’s respiratory secretions, such as being coughed or sneezed on or sharing a drinking glass, food, towels, or other personal items.

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