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UPDATE: Gov. Evers and DHS gives COVID-19 update

Gov. Tony Evers during the DHS press conference on July 23.
Gov. Tony Evers during the DHS press conference on July 23.(WMTV)
Published: Aug. 4, 2020 at 12:14 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) - Gov. Evers says Wisconsin is expanding the testing capacity for COVID-19.

“Public health is a team sport” said Evers when regarding wearing masks for the sake of the health of the state.

He read statements from people who had reached out to him concerned about community spread or thanking the department for the mask mandate.

Health officials say protecting nursing facilities is at top priority right now with new tests the state just received.

83 labs are currently active and administrating tests.

928,845 negative test results, an increase of 17,410 since Monday.

56,056 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 728 cases since Monday.

961 people have died, an increase of 12 since Monday.

Gov. Evers says another large concern currently is rental assistance. The state has put $25 million aside to work towards assistance so people are not facing homelessness.

Gov. Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services have scheduled a COVID-19 briefing for 1:30 p.m.

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