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Wisconsin opening state-run voluntary coronavirus isolation centers

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Posted at 4:22 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 17:22:59-04

(AP) -- Wisconsin is opening a pair of state-run voluntary isolation centers in Madison and Milwaukee for people with the coronavirus, Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday.

The centers will open on Wednesday. Evers’ administration also provided other communities across the state guidance on how to open similar isolation centers if needed.

Evers said opening the sites will take a strain off of hospitals and give people who don’t want to spread the virus to others a place to go if they have no other option.

Evers said the sites will be available for people who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are showing symptoms and likely have it. They have to be referred by a doctor or public health official to be admitted and registration is voluntary.

The expected length of stay is 14 days or 72 hours after symptoms dissipate, Evers said.

The site in Milwaukee will be at a Super 8 hotel and the one in Madison is at a hotel and conference center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

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