Wisconsin expanding testing for COVID-19 as number of new cases rise

Posted at 2:06 PM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 15:14:38-04

MADISON (NBC 26) -- Wisconsin reported 4,870 new cases of coronavirus in the state on Thursday, raising the state's total number of confirmed cases to 214,996.

These new numbers come as Wisconsin officials announce an expansion of testing in the state.

The number of people ever hospitalized for COVID-19 in Wisconsin is now more than 11,000. Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Thursday that 11,003 people have ever been hospitalized due to coronavirus in the state, an increase of 193.

The total number of deaths related to coronavirus in the state is now at 1,948, an increase of 51.

Gov. Tony Evers' office announced an expansion of coronavirus testing Thursday. A news release from the Governor's office said this includes 71 new free community testing sites that will now be available in 56 counties and 7 tribal nations. These sites have the capacity to test approximately 48,000 people each week.

“Testing is a critically important part of our state’s response to this pandemic, and we want to make it easier for those who need a test to get a test,” said Governor Evers.

A list of testing sites can be found here.