COVID-19 surge prompts Wisconsin to open 71 more free COVID-19 testing sites

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin will open scores of additional free COVID-19 testing sites to help deal with the state’s surge in coronavirus cases.

Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday that the state’s health department will use federal coronavirus relief dollars to open 71 more community testing sites and operate them through Dec. 10. Wisconsin National Guard troops will staff the sites and administer the tests.

Altogether, the sites will be able to test up to 48,000 people a week.

Health officials reported another 4,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 51 deaths in Wisconsin on Thursday.