Wis. National Guard team called to Milwaukee County House of Corrections for COVID-19 testing

Posted at 2:02 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 15:02:43-04

FRANKLIN — A Wisconsin National Guard team has been called to the Milwaukee County House of Corrections to conduct COVID-19 testing.

On Friday, Milwaukee County announced that there were 27 positive coronavirus cases at the House of Corrections in Franklin. Now, the Wisconsin National Guard has been ordered there to collect specimen for testing.

30 troops were sent to the site Saturday to establish the mobile testing site. According to the National Guard, they will collect 950 samples from staff and inmates.

Since Governor Tony Evers declared a public health emergency, the Wisconsin National Guard has trained and sent out team to perform similar tasks. That includes the team of about 30 troops that went to a senior living home in Sheboygan on April 5.

"We continue to work hand-in-hand with our partners across Wisconsin in state and local government to ensure the Wisconsin National Guard is in position to provide timely, efficient responses, when our support is requested,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp, Wisconsin’s adjutant general.

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