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University of Wisconsin System campuses are still working to ramp up COVID-19 surveillance testing of students living in residence halls nearly two weeks after classes started at most state universities. In August, UW System Interim-President Tommy Thompson announced that more than 350,000 tests would be ordered for all campuses except UW-Madison, which has its own COVID-19 testing program. The bulk of the order would be antigen tests, which detect proteins in the new coronivirus. The goal is for campuses to test students living in residence halls every two weeks in order to detect potential outbreaks and contain them.
UW-Eau Claire Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Director Jodi Thesing-Ritter, who’s currently overseeing the campus testing program, said they’ve enlisted help from coaches, athletic trainers, the nearby Mayo Clinic and a local staffing agency to increase their capacity to screen the more than 3,900 dorm residents every two weeks.
“Our goal is to get to 400 tests a day, which would then allow us to get through the residence hall students every two weeks,” said Thesing-Ritter. “So we are a few weeks away from being able to do that volume of testing, but we’re making really good, slow and steady progress towards our goal.”
Thesing-Ritter said …
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