WI National Guard collects over 92,000 COVID-19 test specimensSubmitted: 06/02/2020
WI National Guard collects over 92,000 COVID-19 test specimens
Maya Reese
Maya Reese

WISCONSIN - Wisconsin National Guard specimen collection teams collected over 3,300 specimens Jun. 1 and its cumulative total collected for COVID-19 testing topped 92,000 as 25 teams continue to operate across Wisconsin supporting local health departments and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services with COVID-19 testing efforts.

The teams, comprised of nearly 600 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen in total, established mobile testing sites at locations ranging from correctional facilities and health clinics, to private businesses, and community-based testing sites.After collecting the specimens at each site, Wisconsin National Guard troops send the test kits to a lab for analysis, and individual citizens receive their results via a phone call from their local health department or a state call center within three-to-seven days following the test.

A number of specimen collection sites have ongoing operations including:

  • Adams County: One team established a community-based testing site Jun. 2 at the Adams-Friendship High School in Adams.
  • Dane County: Two teams established a community-based testing site at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison May 11. Over 10,100 specimens have been collected as of Jun. 2.
  • Dodge County: One team will conduct site-based testing Jun. 2 in Clyman.
  • Door County: One team established a community-based testing site Jun. 2 at the Door County Justice Center in Sturgeon Bay.
  • Kenosha County: Two team established a community-based testing site Jun. 1 at Central High School in Kenosha and has collected over 160 specimens as of Jun. 2.
  • Milwaukee County:Three teams established a community-based specimen collection site May 11 at 2701 S. Chase Avenue (UMOS) and it has collected 14,927 specimens as of Jun. 2 (Jun. 1 daily total: 703). Two teams established a second Milwaukee community-based collection site at Custer Stadium at 4300 W. Fairmount Avenue and collected 215 specimens as of Jun. 2.
  • Racine County:One team established a community-based testing site Jun. 2. in Mt. Pleasant.
  • Waushara County: One team initiated specimen collection Jun. 1 at the Red Granite Correctional Institution and has collected over 575 specimens as of Jun. 2.
  • Washington County:One team established a community-based testing site Jun. 1 at the Washington County Fairgrounds near West Bend and has collected over 425 specimens as of Jun. 2.
  • Wood County:One team established a community-based testing site Jun. 2. at the Marshfield Fairgrounds in Marshfield.
As of Jun. 2, Wisconsin National Guard teams had collected 92,030 specimens statewide.

In addition, approximately 30 troops are working at a call center that informs people of their COVID-19 test results.

The Wisconsin National Guard has fulfilled a variety of roles across the state since its response to the COVID-19 pandemic began after a March 12 public health emergency declaration from Gov. Tony Evers. Ongoing Wisconsin National Guard missions include a warehousing mission where 13 Citizen Soldiers are assisting the Wisconsin Department of Health Services at a state warehouse receiving personal protective equipment (PPE) shipments from around the state, repackaging them, and redistributing them to areas in need.

A team of approximately 15 troops are serving as medical and administrative staff at a state-run voluntary self-isolation facilities in Milwaukee, while a second team is serving at a Milwaukee County-run self-isolation facility. A third team supported a state-run voluntary self-isolation facility in Madison from April 2 to May 27.

Meanwhile, a team of Guard members is supporting the Dane County Coroner's Office and assisting their office with mortuary affairs operations.

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