Briefing, October 10, 2020

Test Results: There are 19 new positive COVID-19 cases reported today from campus testing sites, 15 students and 4 employees. Six students tested positive at off-campus testing sites today. The percent positive rate for students tested on campus today is 1 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 0.8 percent.

How to stay safe: COVID-19 cases across Wisconsin are alarmingly high and some health care systems in the state are overwhelmed. Public Health Madison & Dane County is urging residents to stay vigilant and stay home, advising people to limit trips out, to avoid gathering in-person, to practice physical distancing, and to continue wearing masks (which should not be used in place of other protective measures).

Additionally, UHS has information on signing up for a flu shot on campus, which is free with proof of insurance. Off campus, the vaccine is available through primary care providers and at many pharmacies, grocery stores and big box retailers. Find an option near you.

Testing appointments: Testing appointments remain available Monday through Friday. There is pedestrian and drive-up curbside testing at Porter Boathouse. Check all campus testing locations in the MyUHS portal to find the earliest possible appointment.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 12 students are in on-campus isolation and 11 are in Housing quarantine, in addition to those in fraternity and sorority chapter houses. Read more about quarantine, isolation and testing follow-up procedures.

Hospitalizations: We are not aware of any students or employees hospitalized with COVID-19 at this time. However, state and local hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at a record high and Dane County’s health systems are making adjustments to non-emergency and non-urgent procedures and services in order to prioritize the pandemic-related health care needs of our community.

COVID-19 in our community: Public Health Madison & Dane County reports a total of 11,205 positive COVID-19 cases since February. A majority of cases have been people in their teens and 20s, with 2,853 cases in the 10-19 age group and 3,741 positive cases reported for those in the 20-29 age group. In addition, 65 of the 422 hospitalizations in Dane County have involved teens or adults under 30.

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