Briefing, September 21, 2020

Test results: There are 46 new positive tests reported from on campus testing today, all students. Ten students and no employees tested positive from off-campus testing sites.

Today’s percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 5.7 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 5.7 percent.

Chadbourne Hall testing: We directed residents of Chadbourne Hall to be tested to get a more complete understanding of rates of positivity. Thanks to prompt results returned by our new testing laboratory, WWCL — a partnership of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory — those results are now reflected on the dashboard. The results indicate we don’t need to take further action at Chadbourne at this time and we thank residents for their work to keep their community safe.

Contact 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 that was detected two weeks ago. 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, 454 students are in on-campus isolation and 115 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 are not aware of any students or employees hospitalized with COVID-19 at this time. 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 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.

How to stay safe: Please see the CDC’s latest guidance on how COVID-19 spreads and how to avoid catching and spreading the disease. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spread primarily through close contact with other people. It is best to maintain physical distance from other people; wear a mask over your nose and mouth when you must be around others; and wash your hands frequently.


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