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UW-Milwaukee students living in dorms now required to get tested for COVID-19

Posted at 7:58 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 20:58:31-04

MILWAUKEE — University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee students living in dorms will be now required to get tested regularly for COVID-19, the university announced Thursday.

UWM says it will be ramping-up antigen testing and move the testing center to the UWM Student Union. That facility is scheduled to be up and running in two weeks.

The increased testing will be paid for in part using the $32 million COVID-19 testing regimen for all UW campuses this fall, announced last month by UW System President Tommy Thompson.

UW-Milwaukee aims to test all students living on campus at least every two weeks, interim campus health officer Aamir Siddiqi said Thursday.

Antigen tests can identify an active COVID-19 infection from a nasal or throat swab. Once at full capacity, the equipment UWM acquired can process about 40-50 tests an hour, with immediate results, according to UWM.

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