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Partnership to expand COVID-19 testing capacity in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers announced a new partnership on Monday that will expand laboratory testing for COVID-19.

The new partnership now includes laboratory support from Exact Sciences, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Promega, and UW Health. These organizations, along with the Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network, will now share knowledge, resources, and technology to bolster Wisconsin’s testing capacity.

The Wisconsin Clinical Lab Network labs have been averaging 1,500-2,000 COVID-19 tests per day. The expanded capacity from the state’s new public-private partnership is expected to double that capacity initially and continue to expand as additional platforms and supplies become available.

“The Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene and the Milwaukee Public Health Lab should be commended for the tremendous lift they have done over the past few weeks to rapidly bring these tests online.” said Evers in a press release. “But even with these combined efforts, unfortunately, we know all too well that as this disease spreads there will be significant pressure on our labs to keep pace with testing.”

It should be noted that those who are seeking a COVID-19 test are still required to receive an order from a doctor. These labs are not in-person testing sites.