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Gov. Evers says Wisconsin is taking big steps to increase COVID-19 testing

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 13:54:51-04

WISCONSIN — Governor Tony Evers announced on Monday that COVID-19 testing in Wisconsin has increased drastically in the last month.

According to a press release, the number of testing labs in Wisconsin was a mere eight just one month ago. However, as of Monday, there are now 36 labs testing for COVID-19 within the state.

The state is planning to continue the expansion of testing in Wisconsin by continuing public-private partnerships.

More testing within the state allows local government to get a real understanding of the spread of the virus, which will get us closer re-opening the state.

Several private companies are assisting the state in increasing testing. According to a press release, those companies include Exact Sciences, Epic Systems, Marshfield Clinic Health System, the State Laboratory of Hygiene, the Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network, the City of Milwaukee Public Health Lab, the Wisconsin National Guard, and other important partners.

There are several new initiatives going into effect this week as well. Some of these initiatives include tests that we will be delivered regularly to local clinics, 11 National Guard teams serving a rapid response role in hotspots, and new labs for test processing.

Most importantly, Wisconsin will be receiving over 250,000 additional test collection supplies in the coming weeks.

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