By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jan 18, 2021 at 2:01 PM

This list is updated frequently to reflect that latest information.

COVID-19 is gonna hang out for a while, so if you have been in populated public spaces recently or exposed to someone with the illness getting tested is in everyone’s best interest – from yours and those you care about to others you may not know. Luckily, there are many free locations in Milwaukee to get tested for COVID-19, but the rules vary, so read up before heading out. 

Here are places you can go for a free COVID-19 test without a doctor’s order. If you have medical insurance, you can also call your doctor to find out which hospital testing sites are eligible to you. You do not need to have symptoms to get tested. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call a doctor, go to an emergency care facility or call 911.

Milwaukee’s Community Health Centers have increased testing capacity and now offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing and care for their patients as well as community members without a regular doctor who have COVID symptoms. Individuals enrolled at a health center as well as people without a regular doctor who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call 2-1-1 to determine if there is a need for a testing appointment. 

For a full list of COVID-19 testing sites across the state of Wisconsin, as well as updates on procedures, hours and processes, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Service's website

Twp new testing locations 

There's a new testing site at 7358 W. Rawson Ave. in Franklin. The hours are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Results are delivered within 24 hours.

There is also a new site at Malone Park, 16400 W. Al Stigler Pkwy., in New Berlin. This site is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more info on either of these locations, go here.

Rapid-results testing at UWM

UWM will test the public (you do NOT have to be a student) in the UWM Student Union, 2200 E. Kenwood Ave., through Jan., 15. To find out the exact days, times and locations (testing is also available at UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County), go here.

Drive-up testing sites

In parking lots
Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Drive-in; no appointment necessary
Go here for more info about testing, to make an appointment (not necessary, but available) and free shuttles 

Milwaukee Health Department 

  • Northwest Health Center: 7630 W. Mill Rd.
  • Southside Health Center: 1639 S. 23rd St.

Open Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drive-ins welcome; no appointment necessary
Flu shots also offered

South Shore 
This site is at the former Bucyrus dragline building in South Milwaukee, 1625 10th Ave. The site is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tests are free for anyone 5 years old and older. and no appointment is needed.
Go here for more info.

Shalem Healing
Bader parking lot, 3300 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
Open Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
Walk-ups and drive-ins welcome; no appointment necessary.

Health Centers

You do not need to have insurance to get an appointment at one of these centers, but call ahead or visit the website to ensure eligibility and availability of appointments. 

Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center
(414) 383-9526

Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.
(414) 372-8080

Outreach Community Health Centers
(414) 727-6320

Progressive Community Health Centers
(414) 882-2040

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
(414) 672-1353


CVS and Walgreen require appointments for their drive-up testing sites. Go to the website to sign up.

Tests are available at several Milwaukee County locations.
Appointment hours vary; appointment necessary.
Go here to put in your zip code and find your closest CVS with testing. 

620 W. Oklahoma Ave., South Side
Drive-up only; appointment required.
Get started here.

Testing sites beyond Milwaukee

Go here.

Curious about what a COVID test entails? Watch the process 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.