UW-Madison senior Samantha Galinson offers instructions and advice to an individual arriving for a COVID-19 test at the campus' Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Credit: John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal
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Today we highlight a Wisconsin State Journal story about a rocky start for a new saliva-based COVID-19 testing program that will replace nasal swabs for most of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus community. 

As UW administrators urge participants to “pool your drool,” they are hoping to have ironed out most of the program’s speed bumps, Kelly Meyerhofer reports.
“Some students have taken their complaints to social media, airing concerns about long lines, rejected tests and an increased time commitment on their part,” Meyerhofer writes. “The launch of the new program also caused issues in incorporating data into the university’s daily COVID-19 dashboard, which hasn’t been updated since Jan. 14.” 

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Quotable

“The time has come for the Wisconsin Legislature to stand up for civil liberties and put an end to the excessive actions of Governor Evers to control the people of this state with unending COVID-19 emergency declarations.”

— State Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, in a statement calling for an end to Gov. Tony Evers’ emergency declaration

“Republicans haven’t taken COVID-19 seriously from the beginning, and they still aren’t now more than 280 days since they last sent a bill to the governor’s desk.” 

—  Britt Cudaback, spokeswoman for Gov. Tony Evers, criticizing a Republican resolution to end Evers’ emergency order

Data to note

WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin COVID-19 infections, deaths and hospitalizations. 

DHS on Friday reported a seven-day average of 46 new daily COVID-19 deaths. The state’s full COVID-19 death toll is 5,643.

Public health officials continue to urge Wisconsinites to wear masks and practice physical distancing until vaccinations are more widely distributed.

Calculate your exposure risk

In Wisconsin, even small gatherings can carry a big risk of exposure to the coronavirus, according to a nationwide tool that estimates the danger by the size of gathering and county in which it is held. Data scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Stanford University developed the tool, which you can find here

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Many job centers remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but state workforce development boards are hosting online job fairs for job seekers. Credit: John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal

Two online job fairs Wednesday aim to help Wisconsinites unemployed during COVID-19 Wisconsin State Journal 

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