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Kika and her husband, Eric, were recently tested for COVID-19 at the South Side site. Photos provided by Kika Meraz/NNS.

When I learned that the Wisconsin National Guard set up two COVID-19 testing sites on the North and South sides of Milwaukee, I felt slightly torn about getting tested.

Since March, the message to the general public has been that people will only be tested if they present severe symptoms, yet several people I know still had difficulty accessing testing when they did. This, combined with limited personal protective equipment for medical workers, left me resigned to the idea that my only protection was to social distance.

My husband, Eric, and I

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