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Tommy Thompson, comedian Charlie Berens encourage COVID-19 testing at rapid testing sites

Tommy Thompson, Charlie Berens
Tommy Thompson, Charlie Berens(UW System)
Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:20 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson and Wisconsin comedian Charlie Berens of the Manitowoc Minute are encouraging state residents to obtain free COVID-19 tests at one of the state’s rapid-result “surge testing” sites and “keep ‘er movin’” through the testing lines.

The UW System shared in a press release Tuesday that Thompson challenged Berens to a smash-off in his latest “Smash COVID” video. The video series aims to remind UW System students and other to get tested and to continue behaviors that will stop the spread of the virus.

Since surge testing began in November, the UW System says more than 170,000 free tests have been administered at Wisconsin’s 22 surge testing sites on or near UW System campuses. The tests have identified nearly 14,000 potential positive cases .

The surge testing sites will be open for several weeks, likely through Jan. 23, with UW-Madison closing testing sites on Jan. 7, according to the UW System.

“With our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we began surge testing in early November when the virus was raging across Wisconsin,” Thompson said. “Since then, the number of cases in our state has been dropping, and surge testing has been a critical factor because we could quickly identify potential cases.”

Thomson is urging residents to get tested at a surge testing site now that the holidays are over, especially if they spent time away from their home and socialized with people not from their household.

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