Gov. Evers, Wisconsin health officials talk state’s response to coronavirus, Brown County case increase


MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers will participate in a media briefing on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the status of the state’s response to the coronavirus.

Gov. Evers was joined by Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm, Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases, and Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor.

During the briefing, Gov. Evers was asked about protests scheduled to take place in Madison on Friday. Gov. Evers explains that he supports the First Amendment and encourages those participating in the protests to adhere to safe practices, including social distancing.

Sec. Palm says DHS has supplied Bellin Health in Brown County with more than 2,000 testing kits in order to test those associated with outbreaks connected to JBS, American Foods Group, and Salm Partners. She adds that DHS assisted in connecting the CDC with local health officials. Now, the CDC is assisting Brown County Public Health in testing and contact tracing.

Dr. Westergaard says officials continue to work with Brown County Health regarding the county’s meat packing facility outbreaks. Gov. Evers added that if the outbreak was connected to a lack of social distancing between employees, “that’s a problem.”

When asked about antibody testing in Wisconsin, Dr. Westergaard says officials are interested in it, but, at this time, antibody testing is not very reliable in diagnosing a patient with coronavirus.

Gov. Evers says officials are working to provide assistance to farmers and other agriculture workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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