Testing surges in Milwaukee area as COVID cases rise

Posted at 7:20 PM, Nov 14, 2020

MILWAUKEE — As we see the number of COVID-19 case numbers surge in Wisconsin, ere in Milwaukee we’re also seeing more people getting tested.

Saturday produced the occasional long lines at Hayat Pharmacy on North Avenue. Many people came to make sure they are COVID-negative.

At another testing site in South Milwaukee, some people were already being turned to other sites just after noon.

“I found out someone tested positive at my office,” said Sara Zillmer, who tested Saturday.

Yasser Khaled said he felt a number of COVID-19 symptoms, which is why he decided to get tested today.

“Started with some headaches. Then I felt some sore throat,” Khaled said. “I had not been exposed to someone but I did feel the symptoms.”

In Milwaukee, there are three city-run testing sites. Miller Park, the Southside Health Center, and the Northwest Health Center.

At smaller north and south side sites, the city expected to perform an average about 800 daily tests combined. Since Monday, the two sites have averaged over one-thousand tests each day they were open.

“The city is doing all it could but there still have to be some spots in the community that can offer this,” said Dimmy Sokhal, Chief Clinical Officer At Hayat.

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