Milwaukee city leaders encourage public to utilize COVID-19 testing sites, celebrate Christmas safely
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is encouraging people to use the free community COVID-19 testing sites because testing has been down recently.
Mayor Barrett said anyone who has symptoms or was in close contact with someone who tested positive should get tested.
The Miller Park site is the largest in the area and opened six weeks ago. Barrett said the rate of people who have tested positive is still relatively high in our area.
When the Miller Park testing site opened, Barrett said the first week they had 16,000 people tested and then it peaked before Thanksgiving with 19,000 people getting tested. He says that number has since dropped and now he is concerned.
“One of the major concerns that we have and one of the major concerns that I have personally is the percentage of positive tests among those who are coming to our sites indicates that COVID-19 infections remain at a high level. In other words I would feel much better with a decrease in testing if we also saw a decrease in the percentage of people testing positive," Barrett said.
The Miller Park COVID-19 testing site is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.
Watch the full news conference with Mayor Barrett below: