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.
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
Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.
Outreach Community Health Centers
Progressive Community Health Centers
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
Drive-up testing sites
Miller Park (NOW OPEN!)
In parking lots
Open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drive-in; no appointment necessary
Milwaukee Health Department (OPENED ON OCT. 12)
- 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
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.
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.
Curious about what a COVID test entails? Watch the process here.
Note: Results notification varies from 1-4 days.
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.