Both Minnesota and Wisconsin now have laboratories that can test for the COVID-19 virus.
The Minnesota Department of Health laboratory was getting set up Monday to begin using two test kits for the virus, spokeswoman Andrea Ahneman said in an email. Each kit can test 400 people, and the health department will order additional kits if needed. They will be able to conduct up to 100 tests per day, Ahneman said.
Wisconsin now has two laboratories that can test for the COVID-19 virus, the state’s Department of Health Services announced Monday.
Both the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, known as the State Lab, and the City of Milwaukee Health Department laboratory are capable of conducting the test.
Previously, samples from both states were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Test samples that are found to be positive in the Wisconsin lab will be forwarded to the CDC for confirmation, according to a news release from Wisconsin DHS. But they will be presumed positive in the interim.
To date, one person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Wisconsin, and none in Minnesota.
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