Briefing, November 19, 2020

Test results: 63 students and 2 employees tested positive for COVID-19 from on-campus testing sites today. No university members tested positive from off-campus testing sites. The university expects an increase in the number of tests and in positive cases detected this week due to the recommendation that students get tested before they travel home next week for the Thanksgiving recess.

The percent positive rate today for students that tested on-campus is 3.2 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate is 3.8 percent.

Campus COVID-19 testing appointments: Testing appointments remain available, including pedestrian and drive-up options. UHS will offer 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 available to the general public and to students and employees. To make an appointment for testing, including UHS testing and BinaxNow testing, visit this site.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 118 students are in on-campus isolation and 75 are in Housing quarantine. Read more about quarantine, isolation and testing follow-up procedures.

HousingNew restrictions for on-campus Housing facilities went into effect on Nov. 11. 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 is now 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. On Tuesday, Public Health Madison & Dane County issued a new public health order further restricting off-campus gatherings. This order does not affect instruction or other campus operations.

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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