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UW System Looks at Testing to Reopen

The University of Wisconsin system is working on plans to test all students, staff and faculty for COVID-19 in hopes of returning to in-person classes this fall. UW System President Ray Cross outlined five areas that will be managed by central administration: Widespread testing; tracing and tracking people who may have been exposed; isolation of those who are positive or exposed; separation and social distancing in public areas and large spaces; and providing personal protective equipment. Current testing may cost the system about $100 per test. With around 170,000 students and 40,000 employees, it would cost more than $20 million for one round of testing. 

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