Briefing, September 19, 2020

Test results: There are 75 new positive tests reported from on campus testing today, 75 students and zero employees. Fourteen students and 2 employees tested positive from off-campus testing sites.

Today’s percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 5.2 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 7 percent.

Chadbourne Hall testing: We continue to direct residents of Chadbourne Hall to be tested to get a more complete understanding of rates of positivity. We expect to receive test results over the next few days and will then take any additional action that may be appropriate. We will communicate any changes to students and families as soon as possible. The residence hall is not under quarantine.

Contract tracing hires: Since early September, we have nearly doubled the number of campus contact tracers, and we continue to hire more.

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.

Campus status: In-person instruction at UW–Madison is paused through September 25 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.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 430 students are in on-campus isolation and 116 are in Housing quarantine, in addition to those in Sellery and Witte halls and in many 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.

Hospitalizations: We learned of one student hospitalized with complications of COVID-19, which was announced September 16. That student has since been released from the hospital. Students and employees are not required to disclose if they are hospitalized, or to provide updates on their condition, but we will report any hospitalizations we are aware of on this dashboard.

COVID-19 in our community: Public Health Madison & Dane County has also recently seen a dramatic increase in positive cases. 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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