Briefing, November 25, 2020

Note 11/25/20 – Due to the Thanksgiving recess, the COVID-19 dashboard will not be updated between Nov. 26 and Nov. 29. UW–Madison will continue to receive and review test results from on- and off-campus test sites and take actions as appropriate. The data will be updated on Monday, Nov. 30.


Test results: 27 students and 4 employees tested positive for COVID-19 from on-campus testing sites today. No positive test results for students or employees were reported 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 at 1.8 percent. The percent positive rate today is 1.1 percent.

Campus COVID-19 testing appointments: Due to increased testing demand as students travel home for the Thanksgiving recess, no UHS COVID-19 testing appointments remain for Wednesday. Limited appointments are available Friday. UW–Madison students and employees who travel or attend a gathering with people they don’t live with are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 3-5 days and again 10-12 days after travel or gathering, and to self-quarantine during that time period.

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:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 24: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25: 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 26: Closed
  • Friday, Nov. 27: Kohl Center sites open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; other sites closed
  • Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 28–29: Closed

Public Health Madison and Dane County also has information on other testing venues and holiday hours.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 45 students are in on-campus isolation and 28 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. 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.

state of emergency and public health emergency remains in effect in Wisconsin, extending the face covering requirement in order to address hospital bed and staff shortages. A local order from Public Health Madison & Dane County remains in effect and includes a ban on indoor off-campus gatherings of any size. UW–Madison remains subject to state orders.

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