The Prevea Kewaunee Health Center in Kewaunee is now offering now offering free COVID-19 testing.

The announcement comes as the number of positive tests for the coronavirus spikes in Kewaunee County and across Wisconsin. As of Tuesday (Oct. 6), the state Department of Health Services (DHS) was reporting 736 cases in the county, an increase of 322 or 78% in the past 14 days.

Just before the numbers were updated Gov. Tony Evers announced he was directing the DHS secretary-designate to issue an order that limits gatherings to no more than 25 percent of a building’s capacity, effective Thursday (Oct. 8) and continuing until Nov. 6, a period said to be equivalent to two COVID-19 incubation cycles.

The Prevea testing is available to anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19: Cough; fever; chills; repeated shaking with chills; muscle pain; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; headache; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell.

Patients experiencing any of those symptoms and who wish to be tested must sign up on Prevea’s online patient portal, MyPrevea. They do not have to be an established Prevea patient to set up an account on MyPrevea or to access a free test. MyPrevea can be accessed at www.myprevea.com or downloaded as an app on Apple or Google Play. It takes a few minutes to set up an account, complete a short assessment and register for a test.

Those who register for a test on MyPrevea may choose from multiple Prevea Health locations across the state to have their COVID-19 test completed, including the clinic in Kewaunee, 1020 Marquette Drive. People who choose the Prevea Kewaunee Health Center should, upon their arrival for their registered test day/time, follow the signs/instructions provided on site as it is a drive-up process to receive the test (tests are not performed inside the health center). Test results are then available within two to seven days on the patient’s MyPrevea account, which is safeguarded to ensure patient privacy and confidentiality.

While MyPrevea is preferred for COVID-19 test information and registration, community members may also call 920-272-3540. Prevea Health also offers free COVID-19 testing in 15 additional locations throughout the Greater Green Bay, Lakeshore, Northern Wisconsin and Western Wisconsin regions.

Anyone experiencing severe and life-threatening COVID-19 symptoms should call 911. If they prefer to travel to an emergency room on their own, they should call the hospital prior to their arrival to explain their symptoms. This will provide the emergency department time to prepare for their arrival and be sure others in the area will be protected from the potential spread of infectious disease.