UW System receives $32M for COVID testing

Posted on Aug 6, 2020 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive
Jessica Thiel
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Gov. Tony Evers today announced more than $32 million in financial assistance to the University of Wisconsin System and  UW-Madison as they prepare to welcome students back to campus this fall.

The $32 million comes in addition to the $18.9 million the governor allocated from Wisconsin’s portion of the CARES Act to UW System campuses and the $95.6 million UW System institutions received directly through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the CARES Act.

“As campuses across the UW System prepare to have students return to campus, it is critically important that every campus has the resources it needs to help keep our students safe,” Evers said. “The COVID-19 pandemic brings great uncertainty, and having robust testing efforts is one of the most important tools we have to help box in this virus and make sure our students stay healthy and safe.”

The effort is funded by CARES Act dollars provided directly to Wisconsin. The UW System will receive $24 million toward its COVID-19 plan, helping campuses to test symptomatic students, those who have had close contact with symptomatic students and students living in residence halls.

Under the UW System’s plan, state funding will help purchase 276,000 tests, 246,000 of which will be allocated to campuses and 30,000 of which will be held in reserve by UW System for peaks or shortfalls. The funding will also help cover personal protective equipment and staff for administering tests.

Similarly, UW-Madison, which previously announced its COVID-19 testing plan, will receive $8.3 million from Wisconsin’s CARES Act allocation for testing, equipment, staff and PPE to support their efforts to test symptomatic individuals, those who have had close contact with symptomatic individuals and students living in residence halls. UW-Madison is buying 134,000 tests with state support.