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State to open ‘voluntary isolation centers’ for COVID-19 patients

MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday the state would open two voluntary isolation centers for those suffering from COVID-19.

The announcement came in a press release from the governor's office.

A Super 8 hotel in Milwaukee will serve as one center and the Lowell Center in Madison will host the other.

Patients can need to get a referral from a doctor or health care professional to stay in the centers.

"As the state’s response to COVID-19 continues, we want to make sure those who need a safe place to stay have one available to them," Evers said

The governor said the sites will open up more space in hospitals for those who need it. They also offer a safe place for people to recover from COVID-19 without infecting others.

While there, residents will receive welfare calls from staff every four hours during the day. Calls can also come at night if needed.

The Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center will run both facilities. It also issued guidance for local communities to set up their own centers.

"Our community partners across the state know what will work best for the folks living in their area," Evers said. "This guidance should aid them with any local effort that is undertaken to help those who are facing COVID-19 and doing their best to comply with my ‘safer at home’ order."

JT Cestkowski

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