Free Covid Testing

Many free covid testing cities have opened in Dane county, not all are listed here. For a more complete list visit the DHS website.

The Alliant Energy Center, and South Madison Community Test Site offer free rides to either site, call the Public Health Transportation Line at (608) 243-0420. A transportation company will then call you to schedule the ride. It’s required that you wear a cloth face covering when using this service. Please note this is not an on-demand service; you will schedule an appointment with the company for a later date.

The Alliant Energy Center:

Located at 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713. The Alliant Energy Center will test anyone, regardless of citizen status, 5 years and older, though minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the Dane County Public Health site.


*Please note that gates may close early if the wait time is over two hours. Check their Twitter for the latest updates. If you can, pre-register first.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:00pm to 8:00pm

Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 8:00am to 4:00pm

The test site will be open until at least June 30, 2021.

South Madison Community Test Site

Located at 2230 S. Park Street, Madison, WI 53713. South Madison Community Test Site will test anyone, regardless of citizen status, 5 years and older, though minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit the Dane County Public Health site.


If you can, make an appointment before you go.

Mondays and Fridays: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Wed: 12:00pm – 8:00pm

Testing is open until at least May 15, 2021.

Make an Appointment

  • Appointments will be scheduled in 15 minute time slots
  • Schedule an appointment by calling (608) 243-0302. Scheduling staff are not able to answer medical questions or provide medical advice.
  • All clients will receive confirmation e-mails (if an email was provided) and an appointment reminder the day prior to their scheduled test
  • If you have more than one person in your household wanting testing:
    • Please try and schedule appointments for all household members within the same time slot(s); up to two household members per time slot will be allowed
    • If you have more than 2 household members, schedule consecutive time slots (e.g., 12:00pm and 12:15pm).

At-Home Collection Kits

The State of Wisconsin and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer a new COVID-19 testing option for everyone who lives in Wisconsin, with or without symptoms, at no cost. This new service allows people to collect their own saliva samples for testing in their home. The capacity is expected to expand over time.


Step one: Request an at-home collection kit

Request an at-home collection kit at the DHS website. A collection kit will be delivered directly to your home; PO boxes are not eligible to have kits delivered.

Step two: Collect your sample

Once you receive your collection kit, you must collect the sample in the presence of a licensed health care professional over a virtual Zoom call. Once you have downloaded Zoom and are ready to produce a saliva sample, you may join a virtual waiting room.

Step three: Send in your sample

After you have collected your saliva sample, you will need to drop off your collection kit at a UPS drop-off location.

For more information visit the DHS website


No-cost COVID-19 testing is available to patients ages 3+. Patients will not receive a bill from Walgreens or any lab partner. If you receive a Diagnostic Test and have insurance, you will be asked to show your insurance card at the appointment and the lab may bill your insurer. Click here to find a Walgreens near you.

How the COVID-19 testing process works

  1. Complete a quick questionnaire.
  2. Choose a location and time for your COVID-19 test (based on the type of test you want).
  3. Go to the testing location and remain in your vehicle with the window rolled up.
  4. Show your confirmation email, a valid state ID or driver’s license, and insurance card or voucher.
  5. Perform the nasal swab yourself under the direction of a pharmacy team member. Patients ages 3-18 will need a parent or legal guardian while they self-administer the COVID-19 test.
  6. Get results from PWNHealth.†

CVS Pharmacy

Availability in some states is limited due to extreme demand. Check daily for available times

Who qualifies?

For rapid-result testing (results within hours), patients must be 5 years of age or older. For lab testing (results within days), patients must be 10 years of age or older. Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

How it works

  1. Visit here, and answer a few questions to see if you qualify for COVID-19 testing.
  2. Select a test site and available time. Fill out the registration form.
  3. Insurance card and proof of identity are required, as well as test confirmation email or text message. Be sure to have your mobile phone in case we need to reach you.
  4. Upon arrival, follow instructions posted at the site. For rapid result tests, an onsite MinuteClinic provider will call with next steps, and patients may be asked to come into the clinic depending on their results. For lab tests, your sample is sent to one of our lab partners. Average turnaround time for receiving results from lab tests is 1-2 days.
  5. We’ll text you a secure link to view and download your results for 5 days. We’ll also send you emails to activate a MyChart account, which will give you permanent access to your results.


Hy-Vee is offering COVID-19 testing at select Hy-Vee pharmacy locations. All patients must register ahead of time in order to receive a test voucher and select a testing site and appointment time.

How it Works

Find a location and schedule your appointment here. The test type will depend on the testing location.

Fitchburg Family Pharmacy

Please enter through the back door of the pharmacy for the covid testing.

How it Works

Tests are by appointment only. To schedule a test, and for more information please visit their website.

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