Gov. Evers announces plans to significantly increase COVID-19 testing throughout the state

Posted at 3:29 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 16:31:12-04

Gov. Tony Evers announced plans to make Wisconsin one of the top states in coronavirus testing per capita on Monday, a move that he hopes will significantly combat the spread of the disease throughout the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services plans to provide nearly 85,000 COVID-19 tests per week to hospitals, clinics, local public health, and long term care facilities, the governor's office said. Health officials have already provided over 60,000 tests to local healthcare facilities statewide, according to the release.

“We’ve made great progress in expanding our testing capacity these last few weeks, and now we’re taking the next step to ensure our tests performed match our capacity,” said Gov. Evers.

Fifty-seven of Wisconsin’s 72 counties have already requested testing supplies from this newly announced program.

“Everyone in the state that needs a test should be tested, and through the Badger Bounce Back Plan, we’re taking a comprehensive approach to make sure that’s the case,” said Gov. Evers.

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