Advocate Aurora pauses some COVID-19 testing sites to stretch resources

Posted at 10:08 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 11:08:41-05

Advocate Aurora Health decided to suspend some COVID-19 testing sites throughout Wisconsin although cases continue to surge in communities.

The decision came as inpatients continue to multiply causing strain on nurses and doctors.

"As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge across our communities, we are pausing drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 community testing at Sinai, Green Bay and Kenosha in order to redirect staffing resources where they’re needed most -- providing patient care at the bedside, said LeeAnn Betz of Advocate Aurora Health.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett expressed his concern about Aurora suspending COVID-19 testing sites in Milwaukee saying, "this is not a time to be leaving the partnership."

While giving the COVID-19 update, Mayor Barrett said partnerships between the city and health organizations are crucial to the community.

"It would be a mistake for Aurora to end its community testing," said Mayor Barrett.

Aurora has not said when the temporarily suspended locations will reopen.

Although some testing sites are closed, Aurora urged anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or believe to have come in contact with someone with COVID-19, to reach out to their Symptom Checker or call their hotline at 866‑443‑2584.

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