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Wisconsin National Guard team sent to Sheboygan senior living facility

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 10:15:14-04

SHEBOYGAN — A Wisconsin National Guard Specimen Team was sent to a Sheboygan senior living facility Sunday to conduct COVID-19 tests.

The National Guard team set up a mobile testing site at Sunny Ridge and performed COVID-19 specimen collection.

Around 30 citizen soldiers and airman arrived at the facility early Sunday morning. They have been training for the past two weeks, learning how to set up the mobile testing sites.

According to a press release, local officials identified an outbreak at Sunny Ridge within the past week, prompting a response from the National Guard.

“Testing like this is prioritized from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and really what we’re trying to do is stop further spread of outbreaks of CVOID-19 within this facility,” Libby Jacobs, with the Sheboygan County Department of Health and Human Services, said. “Having testing of both staff and residents will help us quantify and reduce further spread of COVID-19 in both the staff, residents, and within the community.”

While at the facility, the Wisconsin National Guard established a drive-thru specimen collection for staff before they moved inside to test the residents.

“The National Guard is coming in and helping us with the manpower, with both medics as well as decontamination,” Jacobs added. “They’re staffed to help provide that testing and the coordination related to getting all of these residents and staff tested, as well as collecting specimens in a timely manner.”

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