Update on antigen test kits
University of Wisconsin-Madison is out of the no cost covid-19 antigen test kits. Students and employees claimed the last of the antigen test kits and the distribution site at 333 East Campus Mall is now permanently closed.
Test kits are available for purchase at local pharmacies and retailers. Most health insurers continue to cover the costs for antigen test kits. Check with your insurer for the most up-to-date information for your specific plan and confirm coverage before purchasing tests.
Get vaccinated and boosted.
- Vaccination is a highly effective way to prevent illness or limit the severity of illness.
- All students and employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 and flu. If you received your last COVID-19 booster or second dose in your primary series at least two months ago, you are eligible to receive a bivalent booster. Find out when to get boosted.
- Bivalent Pfizer COVID-19 boosters are available to students and employees at no cost at the UHS clinic at 333 E. Campus Mall. Appointments are required and can be made by logging into MyUHS.
- Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) also maintains a list of locations offering COVID-19 and flu vaccines.
- Students and employees who receive COVID-19 vaccination off campus are encouraged to upload their information to MyUHS.
Get tested and stay home if you’re sick.
- Students and employees with symptoms of COVID-19 should test immediately with an at-home antigen test. Students can call or make an appointment with UHS to discuss antigen test results, especially if symptoms worsen. Employees should contact their health care provider with concerns. A negative test does not necessarily mean you do not have COVID-19 — you may consider retesting with another antigen test 24-to-48 hours after the first. Stay home if you are sick.
- DHS also offers access to free treatment telehealth services seven days a week.
- Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for testing after an exposure.
Choose to wear a mask to protect yourself from respiratory virus infections.
- Wearing a high-quality face mask is a simple and effective way to help prevent upper respiratory viral infections, including COVID-19, influenza and RSV.
- While supplies remain available, the university will continue to offer no-cost masks to students and employees at the campus antigen test pick-up site.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend a minimum of five days of isolation for anyone with COVID-19, followed by five additional days of masking around other people and when in public. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is encouraged to notify their close contacts. The CDC offers additional guidance for what to do following an exposure.
The university will continue to consult public health experts and seek guidance throughout the semester and will provide additional updates as needed.
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