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Doctors encourage social distancing, mask wearing as lines increase for COVID-19 testing

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Doctors said they're concerned about the rise in coronavirus cases in Dane County.

Dr. Jeff Pothof, the chief quality officer at UW Health, understands it's hard not to go back to normal with places reopening, but he encouraged social distancing and mask wearing.

Pothof said there's now some evidence wearing a mask isn't just to help others. "If there's someone around you who has it and is not wearing a mask, you still might catch it, but it at least gives you fighting chance of that droplet getting caught on the mask and not infecting you."

Dr. Pothof said you should also be practicing good hand hygiene and staying home if you have any symptoms.

80 of the 315 new cases from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Monday were in Dane County.

Long lines continued for free COVID-19 testing at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison Monday.

Signs showed at one point the wait was at least three hours long.

The Alliant Energy Center testing site will be closed Saturday for the Fourth of July.

Caroline Bach

Anchor, 27 News at 11

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