Wisconsin relaunches COVID-19 community testing support program

A Public Health Madison & Dane County worker preps a dose of the COVID vaccine at the Alliant Energy Center mass vaccination site

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin health officials are relaunching efforts to help support groups involved in COVID-19 testing throughout the state.

The Community Testing Support Program was launched by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in August 2020 with the goal of providing funds to organizations involved in COVID-19 testing and result communication.

“Easy access to COVID-19 testing in all communities is critical to protecting Wisconsin residents from COVID-19 exposure and disease,” DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said. “Through this program, we will bring additional testing resources into communities that need them most and bolster existing testing efforts, ensuring people have the resources they need to make informed decisions and keep themselves and those around them safe from COVID-19.”

Through the program, eligible groups get access to free testing supplies and courier services plus reimbursement for specimen collection.

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Eligible groups include local or tribal health departments, licensed health care providers, and other specimen collection groups with authorization from health departments.

More than 750,000 tests have been conducted at more than 70 locations since the program was first launched.

The support program is funded by the ELC Enhancing Detection Expansion grant project. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, 2021. More information about the program is available on DHS’s website.