Briefing Nov. 17, 2020

Test results:  One student and 0 employees tested positive for COVID-19. The positive case was reported from an off-campus testing site. There were no positive cases reported from UHS. UHS was closed for COVID-19 testing this past weekend and the community testing at the Alliant Energy Center is closed Sundays and Mondays. UW–Madison anticipates test results from both off and on-campus testing sites tomorrow. UHS expects an increase numbers in testing this week as many students plan to get tested before they travel home next week for the Thanksgiving recess.

Campus COVID-19 testing appointments: Testing appointments remain available including  pedestrian and drive-up options. UHS will be offerings testing this weekend before the Thanksgiving recess at the Kohl Center and Porter Boathouse from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Check all campus testing locations in the MyUHS portal to find the earliest possible appointment.

In addition, UW–Madison is offering a rapid antigen test called BinaxNow. Some BinaxNow tests may be confirmed with a PCR test. BinaxNow testing is also available to the general public and will be available to students and employees later this week. Schedule an appointment at this site.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 99 students are in on-campus isolation and 52 are in Housing quarantine. Read more about quarantine, isolation and testing follow-up procedures.

HousingNew restrictions for on-campus Housing facilities are in effect. Visitors from other residence halls or non-residents are no longer allowed in residence halls and dine-in seating is no longer available at Housing locations. All food will be carryout, grab-and-go, or delivery.

Hospitalizations: We are not aware of any students or employees currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Flu vaccine: UHS continues to offer the flu vaccine to students with SHIP. Off campus, Public Health Madison & Dane County is now offering a free drive through clinic at the Alliant Energy Center that is available to all Dane County adults and children 6 months and older, regardless of health insurance status.  Flu vaccines are also available through primary care providers and at many pharmacies, grocery stores and big box retailers. Find an option near you.

How to stay safe: We are seeing a rise in cases among the university community along with rising cases across Dane County and Wisconsin. With an increased level of community spread, it is safest to assume that anyone could have or be susceptible to COVID-19 and to take appropriate precautions against transmitting or contracting the disease: limit trips out, avoid gathering in-person, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, stay home when sick, and wear a face covering in public.

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