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A surge in COVID-19 cases has health officials worrying that the nation’s testing capacity won’t keep up, Mark Johnson reports for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
“The situation has led some to suggest the U.S. consider screening multiple samples at the same time, a method called “sample pooling,” Johnson reports. “…Using the process, a lab might pool five nasal swab samples together. If all five test negative, the results can be delivered faster and with less use of the chemical reagents that were in short supply early in the pandemic. This method does not involve changing the actual tests, just the amount of samples processed at one time.”
Wisconsin officials have discussed the idea, Johnson notes.
As COVID-19 cases swell, health leaders debate effort to hasten testing by pooling samples — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
State COVID-19 committee takes up school reopening, vaccine distribution — Wisconsin State Journal
Sheriff’s office seeing a few scammers targeting unemployment benefits — Janesville Gazette
Republican, Democratic state conventions display differing attitudes toward COVID-19 — Wisconsin State Journal
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Wednesday reported 754 new cases of COVID-19, with 5.7% of tests returning positive. The department reported two new deaths in a pandemic that has reportedly killed 809.
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