Briefing, November 20, 2020

Test results: 32 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, though some results have been delayed from off-campus test sites and we continue to report results as we receive them.

The percent positive rate today for students that tested on-campus is 1.6 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate is 3.3 percent.

Campus COVID-19 testing appointments: Due to increased testing demand as students travel home for the Thanksgiving recess, weekend PCR testing is full. UW–Madison is also offering a rapid antigen test called BinaxNow. Some BinaxNow tests may require confirmation with a PCR test, available on-site. Check all campus testing options to find the earliest possible appointments for PCR and BinaxNow tests.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 110 students are in on-campus isolation and 61 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. Public Health Madison & Dane County offers a free drive-through clinic at the Alliant Energy Center, available to all Dane County resident age 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: COVID-19 cases remain high in Wisconsin and in Dane County. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Public Health Madison & Dane County issued a new public health order further restricting off-campus gatherings. This order does not affect instruction on campus.

With high levels 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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