Three South Shore health departments are working together to offer a coronavirus testing site in one of the old Bucyrus buildings in South Milwaukee.

The health departments of Oak Creek, Cudahy and the South Milwaukee/St. Francis joint department are creating the site. Oak Creek’s common council passed a memorandum of understanding for the testing site at its Oct. 6 meeting.

The decision to proceed with the site comes as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across the state.

Oak Creek City Administrator Andrew Vickers said the partnership is much more efficient than any one community setting up a testing site alone. Federal and state funds are “streaming in” to help fund the facility, he said.

Oak Creek City Attorney Melissa Karls said South Milwaukee was chosen as the location because the old Bucyrus site will offer a drive-thru which will be especially useful with the colder months approaching.

Cudahy’s interim