On Saturday, I went to a drive-thru COVID testing station at UMOS, 2701 S. Chase St. My son and I got there just before 11 a.m. and we waited in a car line for an hour. The long wait might have been because it was a Saturday morning, when presumably fewer people have to work. With that logic, I'd suggest going during the week if possible.
The test itself – which is free of charge – was easier and less invasive than I'd imagined. The swabs definitely went to a place in my nostrils no object has gone before, but it was only for a few seconds so I found it manageable. My eyes did water a lot and my nostrils were tingly for about 30 minutes following the test.
I was told by the extraordinarily nice staff that I would receive my results within 3-5 days. They will call twice and then leave message on the third call if I don't pick up.
I do not have any symptoms, nor do I suspect I have COVID-19, but I wanted to go to ensure I am not a-symptomatic and unknowingly spreading the disease. I was also curious and wanted to experience it.
I'll let you know when I get my results. For now, watch my COVID testing experience via this video and / or get a test for yourself. UMOS is open for drive-thru testing Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no testing on Sundays. Get more information about free testing locations here.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.