Briefing, November 5, 2020

Test results: There are 49 new positive COVID-19 cases reported today from on-campus testing sites, 45 students and 4 employees. One student tested positive at off-campus testing sites. The percent positive rate today for students tested on campus is 2.3 percent; the 7-day percent positive rate remains at 2.0 percent.

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 mask in public.

UHS continues to offer the flu vaccine to students with SHIP. Off campus, flu vaccines are available through primary care providers and at many pharmacies, grocery stores and big box retailers. Find an option near you.

Campus testing appointments: Testing appointments remain available Monday through Friday, and include pedestrian and drive-up options. Check all campus testing locations in the MyUHS portal to find the earliest possible appointment.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 44 students are in on-campus isolation and 35 are in Housing quarantine. Read more about quarantine, isolation and testing follow-up procedures.

Hospitalizations: We are not aware of any students or employees currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

COVID-19 in Wisconsin: Health officials report record deaths, hospitalizations and positive cases of COVID-19 across Wisconsin. Dane County is currently averaging over 300 cases per day. As of this morning, 134 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Dane County, including 31 in the ICU. As part of the Dane County and Wisconsin communities, the UW–Madison campus community must continue to follow public health guidance to limit the spread of the disease both on and off campus. Limit your interactions with anyone outside your household and wear a face covering as much as possible.

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