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Mayor, County Executive ask for pause in testing on Juneteenth

Custer, UMOS sites to observe Juneteenth holiday
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Posted at 6:54 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 19:54:18-04

MILWAUKEE — Local leaders want the National Guard to hit “pause” on COVID-19 testing Friday at two local sites to observe Juneteenth.

Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive David Crowley are asking the Wisconsin National Guard not to test at the UMOS site, 2701 S. Chase Ave., and Custer Stadium, 4300 W. Fairmount Ave. Friday. Other sites in the area would still be open and testing at the UMOS and Custer locations would resume on Saturday.

Testing at those sites will also be paused July 2-5, in observance of Independence Day.

The City of Milwaukee Health Department said in a release that “given Milwaukee County and City’s declaration of racism as a public health crisis, the institutions are committed to recognizing Juneteenth as an important day in American history.”

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