Testing for the COVID-19 (the so-called "Coronavirus") will now happen a little closer to home.  News sources are reporting that both Minnesota and Wisconsin are now set up with labs to test samples for the virus.  The in-state labs should also provide a shorter timeline for faster results. Prior to this week all samples from Minnesota and Wisconsin traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for testing.

In Minnesota, health providers will have one lab to send tests to; the Minnesota Department of Health lab can process "up to 100 tests per day". Meanwhile in Wisconsin, two facilities have established - one in Madison at the University and the other in Milwaukee at the City Health Department.

Updated statistics provided by news sources - as of this writing - relay that there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Wisconsin, with no cases confirmed as of yet in Minnesota.

To access local information from St. Louis County about COVID-19, click here.

To read about the COVID-19 testing labs that have been established in Minnesota and Wisconsin, click here.

To learn about what common household disinfectants the CDC says will kill the Coronavirus on surfaces, click here.

To learn about better handwashing tips, click here.

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