Briefing, September 11, 2020

Today’s campus testing data includes 224 positive results among students and zero positive test results among employees. The percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 10 percent; the 7-day average for students tested on campus is 9.2 percent.

As of September 10, due to a concerning and rapid increase in COVID-19 cases among our on- and off-campus students, UW–Madison has implemented a two-week pause to in-person instruction. Undergraduate students have also been directed to severely limit their in-person interactions in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Two residence halls, Witte and Sellery, are also under enhanced facility restrictions, and University Health Services will complete testing of all their residents today. Results should start reporting over the weekend.

We continue to monitor cases in all residence halls and if conditions warrant, additional facilities could face restrictions. Some residence halls have experienced zero COVID-19 cases to date, while others have experienced smaller positive test rates than we have seen in Witte and Sellery. Routine surveillance testing of Housing students is still underway; students with symptoms or close contacts are also being tested as needed.

Many fraternity and sorority chapter houses are under quarantine due to increased cases of COVID-19 among their residents. These students are undergoing mandatory COVID-19 testing this week and the results are reflected in the dashboard.

As of September 9, 261 students are in on-campus isolation and 124 students are in Housing quarantine, in addition to those in residence hall quarantine and in fraternity and sorority chapter houses. Currently, we are able to provide quarantine and isolation space for Housing students as needed. Read more about quarantine, isolation and testing follow-up procedures.

Public Health Madison & Dane County has also seen a dramatic increase in positive cases this week. A large proportion of these positive test results, both from on-campus and off-campus testing, have been linked to UW­–Madison students.

These data serve as a reminder that our on- and off-campus students must continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include monitoring symptoms daily, using a face covering, practicing physical distancing, and limiting gatherings.

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