Briefing, November 16, 2020

Test results:  No students or employees tested positive at either on- or off-campus testing sites today.  The percent positive rate is 0 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate is 3.9 percent.

The results reflect the fact that UHS did not offer COVID-19 testing over the weekend and last week’s tests from the campus testing laboratory, WWCL, have already been fully processed and reported. In addition, community testing at the Alliant Energy Center is closed Sundays and Mondays.

Despite no positive cases reported, health officials stress that community spread of COVID-19 continues across Dane County. In addition, UHS expects increased 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 offer testing this upcoming weekend for students that may be traveling home for the Thanksgiving recess. 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. Schedule an appointment at this site.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 122 students are in on-campus isolation and 65 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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