UPDATED: Pfizer first and second doses and booster shots are now offered at the Chapel on the Hill clinic.
The Walworth County Division of Public Health will launch a joint COVID-19 testing and vaccination site starting Sept. 21 at Chapel on the Hill (N2440 Ara Glen Dr., Lake Geneva). Open Arms Free Clinic will conduct testing (PCR tests) while Public Health will administer vaccinations (Pfizer first and second doses and boosters and Johnson & Johnson single dose). The site will be open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and running through Oct. 26. No registration is required, and all tests and vaccinations are free.
“Activating this testing site is a proactive decision meant to prevent further strain on our regional hospitals,” says Walworth County Health and Human Services Deputy Director Trista Piccola. “Walworth County Public Health will continue to evaluate community demand for testing, and may expand testing availability should there be a need.”
A perfect storm of factors is driving the need for additional testing. Southeastern Wisconsin hospitals and medical clinics are seeing steady testing loads due to circulation of the highly transmissible delta variant. Long-term care facilities and private employer testing mandates are also driving demand. At the same time, regional healthcare systems are experiencing critical staffing shortages, which healthcare providers predict will intensify.
“With staffing shortages, schools back in session, and the possibility of a bad flu season further complicating testing efforts, we feel it is prudent to get ahead of any possible surge by providing additional testing and vaccination capacity,” says Piccola. “From the start of the pandemic, it’s been a community effort to be as proactive as possible in mitigating the impact of the virus. We are very fortunate to have providers like Open Arms willing to step in and provide support,” Piccola added.
For local public health guidance and COVID-19 testing and vaccine information, please contact Walworth County Public Health at (262) 741-3200, email firstname.lastname@example.org, follow us on Facebook or visit us online at www.co.walworth.wi.us.