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Getting answers: How often are health care workers tested?

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(WKOW) -- One of the questions before you get a test for COVID-19 is whether or not you've been exposed to anyone with the virus.

Many health care workers have been exposed, potentially putting them and their families at risk.

We're asking if health care workers are tested regularly or just as symptoms come.

"Right now we're only testing health care employees when they're showing symptoms kind of for that same reason is we don't want to give ourselves a false sense of confidence by doing screening testing on health care workers that might come back negative," said Dr. Jeff Pothof, UW Health's Chief Quality Officer. "I know nationally there's some conversations going around about whether that's a practice we might want to start looking at, but for right night the evidence is most supportive of testing health care workers once they have some symptoms indicative of COVID-19."

You can send your questions to gettinganswers@wkow.com.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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