Briefing, October 6, 2020

Test Results:  There are no new positive COVID-19 cases reported today from either campus or off campus testing sites. Typically, results on Tuesdays are low.  Campus testing is performed Monday through Friday and can take up to 48 hours before results are provided. The Alliant Energy Center community testing site is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

How to stay safe: Wisconsin continues to have very high number of COVID-19 cases reported.  In order to help stop the spread, everyone needs to follow the Governor’s mask order and wear a mask both indoors and outdoors.  In addition, practice physical distancing of six feet apart, wash your hands as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer and stay home if you are sick.

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.

A new pedestrian and drive-up testing site is now 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 Henry Mall testing site has closed.

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 31 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 total of 10,650 positive COVID-19 cases since February. Health data shows a majority of cases are people in their teens and 20’s with 2,761 cases in the 10-19 age group and 3,606 positive cases reported for those in the 20-29 age group.  In addition, 51 of the 393 hospitalizations in Dane County involved teens or young adults.

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