Briefing, September 13, 2020

There are 79 new positive tests reported from campus testing today, all from students. Of these, 48 are students in Housing. Students in residence halls are tested frequently as part of our campus surveillance plans. Additionally, Witte and Sellery halls are under enhanced facility restrictions and all residents were tested Thursday and Friday. These students will continue to receive frequent testing and results will be reported on the dashboard as we receive them.

The percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 7.8 percent; the 7-day average for students tested on campus is 10.1 percent.

As was the case yesterday, today’s data show a lower number of test results returned relative to earlier in the week. We expect an increase in the number of test results returned early in the coming week. Last week, in response to an increase in cases such as those at Witte and Sellery, the university performed about 2,400 tests per day, up from about 1,750 per day the week prior and about 1,200 per day at the start of campus testing.

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.

In-person instruction at UW–Madison is paused through September 23 to help address a concerning and rapid increase in COVID-19 cases among our on- and off-campus students. Students have also been directed to severely limit their in-person interactions in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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

As of this morning, 314 students are in on-campus isolation and 119 students are in Housing quarantine, in addition to those in Sellery, Witte 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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