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COVID-19 testing expands to all essential workers in Brown County

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Published: May. 9, 2020 at 3:40 PM CDT
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All essential workers in Brown County can now get free COVID-19 testing at the two community testing sites and no symptoms are necessary.

The expanded testing started Monday, May 11.

“This is another important step in stopping the spread and flattening the curve,” said Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach.

The testing sites are at the Resch Center, 820 Armed Forces Dr; and Casa Alba Melanie, 314 S. Madison St.

Hours for both locations are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The sites have translation services available for people who speak Spanish, Hmong or Somali.

The testing is by appointment. You can reserve a time by calling 211 during normal business hours Monday- Friday. You can also reserve an appointment by clicking on

The sites offer drive-through and walk-up appointments.

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Prevea Health President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai joined us on Action 2 News This Morning to talk about the expanded testing.

"Those that have been going to work everyday that are asymptomatic or without symptoms can now get tested by going to either one of those sites. You have to live in Brown County or work in Brown County, so that's a pretty big population if you think about it. The whole point of that is identifying people who are positives that might not know it or might have had mild symptoms that they haven't really expressed are really bad, and need to get tested. Because we can identify those people, get them quarantined for 10 days or longer and get them out of the workforce, so when we start to open up commerce back again here, hopefully soon, we have less of a chance of re-infecting people," says Dr. Rai.

COVID-19 HISTORY

Older people and those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease) are considered at high risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People with those conditions should take the proper precautions.

COVID-19 is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

"The virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it. If that person touches their mouth, face, or eyes the virus can make them sick," says the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

for more information on symptoms. Emergency signs include pain and pressure in the chest, confusion and bluish lips or face.

The CDC believes symptoms may appear between two and 14 days after contact with an infected person.

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DHS recommends taking these steps to help stop the spread of the virus:

--Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water.

--Covering coughs and sneezes.

--Avoiding touching your face.

--Staying home when sick.

everyone in the United States avoid large events and mass gatherings for at least eight weeks.

The virus originated in Wuhan, China. The spread started in December 2019.