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Milwaukee city leaders planning next steps amid coronavirus spread

Posted at 7:29 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 20:30:12-04

MILWAUKEE — City leaders are taking extra precautions as the spread of the coronavirus appears inevitable here in Southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee city leaders are planning their next steps.

"I think that it's inevitable that we will have a day within days, if not hours," Mayor Tom Barrett told 620 WTMJ Newsradio Thursday.

The mayor is pushing for state and federal help to increase public coronavirus testing in the City of Milwaukee.

Barrett said the two government testing sites in the state are in Milwaukee and Madison. Right now, the city's testing site is capable of doing 30 tests per day.

"I think we need the capacity to do 3, to 500 tests a day. So I'm going to remain very proactive because I think the key to this is remaining very proactive as well," Barrett said.

Despite cancellations throughout the city, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs hosted the 10th annual Girls Day at City Hall Thursday.

She told TMJ4 News she's been working to make sure her constituents are prepared for coronavirus, especially the most vulnerable in her district.

"For me, it was important because as we sit at home and watch what's going on nationally, citizens here in Milwaukee are wondering what impact any of that has on them," Coggs said.

People TMJ4 spoke with said they're anxiously awaiting any news from city leaders regarding the coronavirus.

"The fact that it's spreading is a big thing," said Rowan Easter, who has family in Washington State.

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