Governor Evers announces $32 million for COVID-19 testing at UW campuses

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MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Today, Governor Evers announced more than $32 million in financial assistance to the University of Wisconsin (UW) System and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to help purchase tests, personal protective equipment and staff for administering tests.

“As campuses across the UW System prepare to have students return to campus, it is critically important that every campus has the resources it needs to help keep our students safe,” said Gov. Evers. “The COVID-19 pandemic brings great uncertainty and having robust testing efforts is one of the most important tools we have to help box in this virus and make sure our students stay healthy and safe.”

The $32 million announced today comes in addition to the $18.9 million the governor allocated from Wisconsin’s portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to UW System campuses and the $95.6 million UW System institutions received directly through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act.

“Gov. Evers’ commitment to providing the resources for strong testing measures throughout the UW System will help us safely reopen our campuses this fall for students, faculty, staff, and our university communities,” said interim UW System President Tommy Thompson.