Briefing, November 22, 2020

Test results: 33 students and no 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 7-day percent positive rate for students who tested on-campus is 2.4 percent. The percent positive rate today is 1.8 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 Binax tests. Housing students will be tested according to a revised schedule to accommodate the holiday.

The Thanksgiving week schedule for campus testing sites is:

  • Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24 – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Kohl Center 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 – 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 26 – Closed
  • Friday, Nov. 27 – Kohl Center sites open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; other sites closed
  • Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 28-29 – Closed

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 117 students are in on-campus isolation and 50 are in Housing quarantine. Read more about quarantine, isolation and testing follow-up procedures.

Housing: Visitors are no longer allowed in residence halls and all Housing dine-in is now carryout, grab-and-go, or delivery only. Most residents will not return after Thanksgiving recess, though all students who live on campus should familiarize themselves with expectations for the rest of the semester.

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 Friday, Nov. 20, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued executive order 95 and emergency order 1, declaring a state of emergency and public health emergency, and extending the statewide face covering requirement in order to address hospital bed and staff shortages due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Public Health Madison & Dane County issued a new public health order further restricting off-campus gatherings. Campus remains subject to state orders.

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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