“Consequentially, between 7,000 and 11,000 fewer Wisconsinites have been tested daily for COVID-19 since the Thanksgiving Holiday. It is imperative for those individuals who celebrated with individuals who they do not live and those who have not worn a face mask consistently and appropriately to get tested to limit the spread of the virus,” Bowersox warned.
“Concerns still exist about those individuals who traveled and their potential exposure to individuals who were either symptomatic/non-symptomatic.”
More testing at Veterans Home
On Monday, the Guard reported it was performing facility-based testing at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove, which experienced a breakout in August that was linked to 10 deaths of nursing home residents and more than 55 total infections.
Also on Monday, the state reported that the first residents of long-term skilled nursing facilities (i.e. nursing homes) began to be vaccinated. Those residents make up the smaller portion of those being vaccinated under Phase 1A of the statewide vaccination plan, along with hundreds of thousands of health care workers.