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Wisconsin opens COVID-19 isolation centers

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The state opened two voluntary isolation centers for those suffering from COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The Lowell Center in Madison serves as one center and a Super 8 hotel in Milwaukee is hosting the other.

The isolation centers are open for people with symptoms of coronavirus who are suspected of being infected, or for those who have confirmed mild cases. Patients need to get a referral from a doctor or health care professional to stay in the centers.

The governor said the sites will open up more space in hospitals for those who need it.

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

"It's a lot like staying in a hotel," said Andrew Beckett, a spokesperson for Wisconsin Emergency Management.

"You have a room. It has the materials that are inside there. Food will be brought to you. They'll be checking in via phone with someone discussing their symptoms every four hours during the day. If they need medical care they would be moved offsite in order to receive that," he said.

Wisconsin Emergency Management tells 27 News both centers hold roughly 100 people. It added the state is looking for other sites to expand capacity as needed.

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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