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UWL prepares for more COVID testing, as campus reopens for spring

Brad Williams

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La Crosse’s state university campus is ready to reopen for the spring semester on Monday, even as the COVID pandemic continues. 

Thousands of students and employees at UWL were tested for the virus during the fall. 

Vice Chancellor Bob Hetzel says the students living on campus will be asked to get frequent testing after classes resume on Monday: every week for dorm residents, and every other week for students from off-campus and university staff.    

The surge testing clinic which opened at Cartwright Center in November has been closed this week, but it’s reopening on Monday as well.  

UWL had to shut down its campus buildings last March, when COVID-19 began spreading seriously throughout the country. 

Hetzel says if all goes well, vaccines will be on the way to campus in about a month.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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