Milwaukee County officials announce two new coronavirus testing sites for communities of color

Posted at 9:05 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-12 11:32:00-04

Milwaukee County announced plans to offer two new locations where residents, specifically those of color, can be screened for coronavirus starting Monday.

These new locations were developed specifically to test communities of color who have been hit especially hard by the virus.

Elected officials announced plans to open the testing sites in in Milwaukee's Grasslyn Manor and Walkers Point neighborhoods that will screen residents free of charge.

According to a press release from the City of Milwaukee, "The free testing could help save untold lives and prevent further spread of the novel virus, which has taken a staggeringly lopsided and deadly toll on people of color across the city and the metro area."

The Wisconsin National Guard will operate the testing centers located at 5825 W. Hope Ave. in the Midtown Center parking lot, with another located at 2701 S. Chase Ave outside of UMOS in Milwaukee.

"Anyone can get tested whether or not they have symptoms. However, we are especially encouraging people who have symptoms to come," said Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley.

Test results are expected to be returned within three days. Drive up testing is welcomed, and encouraged.

"We strongly urge African American, Latino and tribal community members – those with or without symptoms – to take advantage of this free COVID-19 testing," said the City of Milwaukee in a press release.

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