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Shortage of Coronavirus Tests in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that even healthcare workers are having difficulties getting tested for the coronavirus. Six labs in the state are testing for the virus with two more expected to start testing soon.

Dr. Ryan Westergaard, chief medical officer of the state’s bureau of communicable diseases, says there’s no need to test people like the common cold, with certain exceptions, such as healthcare workers. “At the present moment, there is not enough capacity to test every person, or even every person with respiratory symptoms,” Westergaard said. 

The Journal Sentinel also reports that “a health care worker in central Wisconsin, who asked not to be named for fear of discipline at her job, said clinicians told her Thursday they couldn’t test her because she hadn’t traveled abroad,” even though she had COVID-19-like symptoms.

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