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Hundreds tested for COVID-19 in Superior

Emily Ness
Updated: July 29, 2020 10:30 PM

The Wisconsin National Guard has completed nearly 300,000 COVID-19 tests across the state and on Wednesday, those efforts continued in Superior as the Wisconsin National Guard worked to test 500 people.

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This comes just one week after the City of Superior hosted the Head of the Lakes Fair and Bowfest.

Kathy Ronchi, Public Health Officer for the City of Superior said so far, officials haven’t heard of any COVID-19 cases related to the fair or Bowfest, but they will continue to monitor the situation and keep people informed.

“I worked closely with the coordinators of both events and they had really good COVID prevention strategies in place. They really did. They put a lot of work into reducing risk, but any time you gather in a large group, the risk increases,” Ronchi said.

According to Ronchi, those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 at the fair or Bowfest could start experiencing symptoms as soon as Wednesday.

“During contact tracing, we ask about any large group gatherings they may have participated in or any public places that they’ve gone. If a person were exposed last weekend, they would today in this next few days start experiencing symptoms,” Ronchi said.

Ronchi encourages anyone experiencing symptoms to get tested for COVID-19.

“That could be anything from fever and a cough to headache, fatigue, GI symptoms, any of those type of symptoms or if they have been in contact with a person who tested positive,” Ronchi said.

According to Ronchi, results for tests take three to four days to receive.

“The National Guard will notify anybody who has a negative result and a public health nurse will contact anybody with a positive result,” Ronchi said.

The Wisconsin National Guard said serving the state during times of emergency was one of their core missions.

“It is why many of us wear the uniform,” Captain Joe Trovato, spokesperson for the Wisconsin National Guard said. “We’re invested in Wisconsin communities.”

Anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the testing event in Superior Wednesday is encouraged to check out the testing even in Solon Springs Thursday. There, the Wisconsin National Guard will be administering another 500 COVID-19 tests.

Wisconsin residents over the age of five and Minnesota residents who work in Wisconsin are eligible for testing.

The public is encouraged to check in online.

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