Wisconsin health department relaunches community COVID testing

MADISON (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will relaunch its community testing program to offer local COVID-19 testing throughout the state.

The program will provide applicants with free testing supplies, according to a Thursday press release.

“Easy access to COVID-19 testing in all communities is critical to protecting Wisconsin residents from COVID-19 exposure and disease,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “Through this program, we will bring additional testing resources into communities that need them most and bolster existing testing efforts, ensuring people have the resources they need to make informed decisions and keep themselves and those around them safe from COVID-19.”

Through the initial program, more than 750,000 tests have been conducted at over 70 locations.

The following entities are eligible to apply for the Community Testing Support Program:

  • Local or tribal health departments
  • Health care providers licensed by the State of Wisconsin
  • Other trained specimen collection individuals or organizations under the authority and oversight of a physician or local or tribal health department

All entities that apply for the Community Testing Support Program are required to complete a program application and proof of partnership with a local or tribal health department. Interested applicants can find more information about program eligibility and steps to apply on the DHS Community Testing Support Program webpage. The deadline is Dec. 15.

COVID-19 transmission levels remain substantial in Wisconsin, although four counties moved from critically high to the lower level, very high disease activity.

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