Briefing, November 9, 2020

Test results: There are 11 new positive COVID-19 cases reported today from on-campus testing sites, 11 students and 0 employees. No students or employees tested positive at an off-campus testing site. Community testing at the Alliant Energy Center is closed Sundays and Mondays so results won’t be available until tomorrow.

The percent positive rate today for students that tested on-campus is 9.8 percent which appears high, but it is based on a small number of test results – 11 positive cases out of 112 tests that were processed since Friday. The 7-day percent positive rate remains at 2.7 percent.

The university performed additional on-campus testing last week and will do so again this week to ensure we’re responding quickly to any concerns. UHS anticipates higher positive case numbers in the next few days as a result of this increased testing, combined with the growing spread of COVID-19 across Dane County and Wisconsin.

Flu vaccine clinic: Today, UHS is hosting an additional flu vaccine clinic until 5:00 p.m. at The Nick for both students and employees. No appointment is needed.  UHS will continue 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 COVID-19 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, 69 students are in on-campus isolation and 49 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.

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.


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