Briefing, October 5, 2020

Test Results:  Today, there are two new positive cases of COVID-19, both students who were tested on campus. There were no positive cases involving employees and no positive cases from off-campus testing. The low number is attributed to limited weekend testing by PHMDC and results that were finalized from a few campus tests that were taken last week.

How to stay safe: 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 and new appointments are released daily. Individuals should check all campus testing locations in the MyUHS portal to find the earliest possible appointment.

The Henry Mall testing site has closed. Beginning Tuesday, October 6, a new pedestrian and drive-up testing site will open at the Porter Boathouse, located near the intersection of Babcock and Kronshage drives. The Kohl Center and 21 N. Park St. testing locations as well as Housing testing sites will remain open weekdays.

The Alliant Energy Center community testing site has new days and hours of operation. It will no longer operate on Mondays. See the PHMDC website for more details. All university members, including those studying or working off campus, are encouraged to use university testing sites when possible.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 21 students are in on-campus isolation and 30 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.

COVID-19 in our community: PHMDC reports a record high of 47 patients with COVID-19 currently hospitalized in Dane County. The last record, 46 patients hospitalized, was set in early April. The rise in hospitalizations is a reminder that COVID-19 can impact anyone at any age. It’s important to help stop the spread of the virus by wearing masks and practicing physical distancing of six feet apart.

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