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New online tool helps state testing efforts

A new online resource that makes it easier for the public to access testing sites throughout the state, has been launched. The searchable map provides Wisconsinites with testing site locations, contact information, hours of operation and guidance on how to schedule an appointment.

“We’ve made great progress in expanding our testing capacity these last few weeks, and now we’re taking the next step to help connect Wisconsinites who have symptoms of COVID-19, to testing sites in their communities,” said Gov. Tony Evers. “Everyone in the state who needs a test, should be tested, and through the Badger Bounce Back Plan, we’re taking a comprehensive approach to make sure that’s the case.”

The State Emergency Operations Center, Department of Health Services (DHS), Wisconsin Emergency Management and Wisconsin National Guard, are also working with local health departments to create community testing events in places with a known lack of access to testing or where additional testing is needed, because of high rates of COVID- 19.

The DHS will update the map daily, to notify the public about new testing sites in communities across the state.

“To turn the dial in Wisconsin, we have to test everyone with symptoms,” said DHS secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “From there, we move to contact tracing and getting those exposed to the virus into quarantine.”

Anyone with symptoms that include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, should call their doctor and get tested.