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 grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.