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COVID-19 testing requirement for unvaccinated state employees to start mid-October

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MADISON, Wis. — Any state employees working in the executive branch who aren’t fully vaccinated will have to get tested weekly for COVID-19 starting next month.

The new rule, announced Tuesday by the Department of Administration, goes into effect Oct. 18. It applies to all executive branch employees, interns and contractors who have either not submitted their vaccination status or reported they’re not fully vaccinated.

“As part of our efforts to manage the state workforce, we’re looking to every tool at our disposal to address the Delta variant, including testing, wearing masks, and vaccination,” DOA Secretary Joel Brennan said. “State employees are critical partners in helping us protect the people of Wisconsin, and we look forward to the day when we can all put COVID-19 in the rear view mirror.”

More than 30,000 people work for the state’s executive branch. Guidance previously shared by the DOA required employees share their vaccination status, but didn’t require employees get vaccinated.

A copy of the latest testing guidance shared with employees is available online.

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