This list is updated frequently to reflect that latest information.
Thanks to the Delta and Omicron variants, COVID-19 is gonna keep hanging around 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 – yours, those you care about, 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.
There are many 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.
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. And to help contain the spread, wear a mask in crowded situations and get vaccinated.
Test kits to-go are available at some pharmacies, but have been selling out quickly. Call ahead to ensure availability.
Free at-home tests
The State of Wisconsin and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer a new, free COVID-19 testing option for everyone who lives in Wisconsin, with or without symptoms. Get yours here.
Milwaukee Health Department
Open to anyone 12 months or older. Drive thru or walk up services available. Go here for more.
Northwest Health Center, 7630 W. Mill Road
Southside Health Center, 1639 S. 23rd St.
- Monday & Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Tuesday & Thursday: 12 - 6 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Menomonee Valley Site, 2401 W. St. Paul Ave.
Drive thru garage only.
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12 - 6 p.m.
- Tuesday & Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Students, employees and community members who do not have symptoms can make an appointment for a COVID-19 test at various UW locations by visiting uwmke.vivi.healthcare.
Curative COVID-19 Mobile Testing
No appointment necessary; drive-ups and walk-ups welcome for people at least 1 year old. Days and hours vary. Go here to register for an appointment at one of these locations:
Bradford Beach Parking Lot, 2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Cathedral Square Park, 520 E. Wells St.
Clas Park (in front of Milwaukee County Courthouse), 901 N. 9th St. Park in courthouse parking garage.
Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124th St,. West Allis
Konkel Park, 5151 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield
McGovern Park, 4629 W. Silver Spring Dr.
Mitchell Park, 534 S. Layton Ave.
MKE LGBTQ Center, 315 W. Court St.
Pulaski Park, 1840 N. Pulaski St.
Veteran's Park Parking Lot, 1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
Wilson Park Rec Center Parking Lot, 4001 S. 20th
Five CVS Pharmacy Minute Clinics are offering daily, free appointments for COVID test. CVS also sells test kits to go when they are available. Holiday hours apply; make an appointment here.
Grand Avenue Pharmacies
Daily, free tests are available at Grand Avenue pharmacies in Waukesha and Wauwatosa. No appointment needed; first come, first serve. Go here to schedule.
Waukesha testing site, W229 N1400 Westwood Dr.
- Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Wauwatosa testing site, Hart Park
- Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Sunday: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
The pharmacy located at 807 E. Layton Ave. is now open 24 hours for testing. Appointments are recommended. 1-hour (not free) results also available. Go here.
Life Change Pharmacy
No appointment necessary. Call (414) 999-0999 for more info or to register for an appointment at one of these locations:
- 1844 S. 15th St.
- 7115 W. Capitol Dr.
COVID-19 testing is available at multiple Milwaukee County Walgreens locations. Appointment hours vary; appointment required. Walgreens also sells test kits to go when they are available. Get started here.
For more tips on how to stay COVID-free this holiday season, go here.
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