CDC Director and UW System Interim President tour UWL surge testing site

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – As statewide numbers of COVID-19 cases keep rising, the University of Wisconsin System and the Centers for Disease Control encourage all members of the community to get tested. First News at Nine’s David LaClair has more from La Crosse.

It’s no secret Wisconsin has been hit hard by the effects of coronavirus.

Rear Admiral Nancy Knight, M.D. of U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, said, “Based on the size and population, Wisconsin is the third-highest in the country.”

This afternoon, UW system Interim President Tommy Thompson and Rear admiral Doctor Nancy Knight of the Centers for Disease Control toured the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s covid testing sites, available on campus to students, in addition to making that testing available to all members of the community.

Thompson said, “We are the first one in the country, and if we are able to be successful in flattening out the spike, they want to turn out this expansive testing program for the rest of the country. Our positivity rate on all of our campuses throughout the state is at three percent.”

After cases spiked in September, UWL l has worked hard to get numbers under control.

UWL Chancellor Joe Gow said,“We’re doing a good job here on campus with masking and distancing, washing our hands, not getting together in groups–and now getting even more testing we’ve been able to test the students in the residence halls. Then the new surge testing is up on the third floor–and we did get tested, it is really quite simple and quick, and so I would encourage everybody to do that, all of us on a regular basis.”

With numbers of COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin at their highest to date, one key point speakers looked to address at today’s conference was the importance of being tested.

Thomson said, “Testing does work. We’re able to break that spread.”

“The testing is free, all you need to do is get online,” said Knight.

To make an appointment and get tested, check out the link on our website.

In La Crosse, David LaClair, First News at Nine.

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