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Wisconsin to expand COVID testing for assisted living facilities

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Posted at 7:52 AM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 14:29:07-05

Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) announced expanded COVID-19 testing for Wisconsin's assisted living facilities.

The new program will allow communities and adult family homes to opt-in for routine COVID-19 testing.

“The health and safety of the folks living in our assisted living facilities is of utmost concern, and our existing partnerships allow us to offer more routine testing,” said Gov. Evers. “I want to thank the testing team and our lab partners for their hard work in making this expanded testing possible.”

According to DHS, this is in addition to the 74 community testing sites operating throughout Wisconsin.

Residents can also work with their health care providers to get tested.

“Testing is a key tool for boxing in the virus, and routine surveillance testing will give these facilities the information they need to take further action to contain the spread,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Our DHS testing team will begin contacting eligible facilities about this new opportunity in the coming days and weeks as we phase in this important program.”

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