WAUSAU – Marathon County Health Department will host free COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 7 in Wausau with the aid of the Wisconsin National Guard.

The event will provide drive-through and walk-up style COVID-19 nasal swab testing at Northcentral Technical College, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, in Lot E (off West Campus Drive). Non-English speaking support will be available.

People with and without symptoms (5 years or older) are eligible for testing. Common COVID-19 symptoms are fever/chills, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, fatigue, body or muscle aches, and diarrhea, vomiting or nausea.

“Testing is a critical tool to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Joan Theurer, Health Officer for Marathon County. “Our goal is to continue to increase opportunities for those that want to be tested to do so, as well as learn more about how the virus is impacting our residents.”

Results from National Guard testing sites typically are returned within thee to five days. People who are waiting more than five days for their results can call the new Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19 Test Result Hotline at 866-419-6988.