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U.S. Surgeon General announces surge COVID-19 testing site in Neenah

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NEENAH, Wis. (WFRV) – The U.S. Surgeon General announced a new surge testing site in the Fox Valley in response to a growing number of COVID-19 cases throughout the state.

On Friday, for the third time in a week, Wisconsin broke its record for one-day increases in new COVID-19 cases.

During a press conference on Friday, U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. visited the Fox Valley to announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is standing up a surge testing location at ThedaCare in Neenah.

Adams says, “Wisconsin is currently one of our red states meaning your positivity rates are over ten percent. What we’re seeing unfortunately right now in Wisconsin are hospitalizations going up. We can not afford for that to happen.”

The testing site is located at ThedaCare Physicians in Neenah at 333 N. Green Bay Road. Full testing begins Wednesday, October 21, 2020, to register visit www.doineedacovid19test.com

According to officials, the testing site was made possible through a joint effort between ThedaCare, Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton), and state and national agencies.

Tom Arquilla, ThedaCare Chief Strategy Officer says, “ThedaCare has been over here about 100 years. We’re going to be here another hundred years. It’s our job to take care of the community.”

Surgeon General Adams says despite the unknowns about this virus, there may be an end in sight, “We don’t know what the long- term effects of getting COVID are going to be but we do know that we are just a few months away, at most, from likely having a vaccine.”

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