Madison is site for drive-thru COVID-19 testing

The South Dakota Department of Health, in partnership with the South Dakota National Guard and Office of Emergency Management, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing in ten South Dakota communities over the next two weeks.

These events are open to the public and testing will come at no charge to the individual receiving the test. Testing will be offered in Aberdeen, Chamberlain, Custer, Madison, Martin, Mobridge, Pierre, Spearfish, Watertown, and Yankton.

The list of dates and times when testing will be available in each community is posted on the State COVID-19 website:  Testing in Madison will take place on November 17th and 18th at Baughman Park.  Testing on the 17th takes place from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. and on the 18th, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required to secure a testing time. Register by going to the website: After registering, individuals will receive an appointment and a test voucher that must be printed and brought to the testing site. People without appointments will only be tested if time slots are not full.

Testing locations will use a self-administered nasal swab for specimen collection that allows individuals to swab their own nose, supervised by trained medical staff. Results are delivered within 3-5 business days. Individuals being tested will receive an email notification when results are available and can log on to the website to view and print laboratory results.

While awaiting results, individuals who have been tested should follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in their home and community.