Briefing, September 27, 2020

Test results: There are 18 new positive tests reported from campus testing today, all students. Seven students and 1 employee tested positive at off-campus testing sites. The percent positive rate for students tested on campus today is 1.3 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 3.1 percent.

Campus status: UW–Madison has resumed some in-person activities, including limited in-person instruction and some operations in the Unions, Dining, Badger Markets, Recreation and Wellbeing, and Libraries. The number of positive cases has declined over the past two weeks and we have seen a reduced positivity rate in campus testing. However, we 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.

Housing: No residence halls are under quarantine at this time. Starting the week of September 28, all Housing residents will be tested weekly. Housing residents have received additional information, including requirements and expectations to protect the health of the community.

Testing and health: Since early September, we have doubled the number of campus contact tracers. Students and employees are expected to respond to contact tracers or face disciplinary actions. All university members are expected to adhere to all public health protocols.

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.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 144 students are in on-campus isolation and 78 are in Housing quarantine, in addition to those in fraternity and sorority chapter houses. This is a large reduction in the numbers we reported in recent days due to a delay in transferring data from the system used for releases, which had recorded several days of releases of 50-to-75 students. The data was transferred in batch yesterday. 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 is monitoring whether campus cases have spread into the community and at this time, there is not strong evidence to suggest it has. Cases associated with UW–Madison have significantly decreased the past two weeks, while cases not associated with the university have significantly increased in Dane County.

How to stay safe: Looking for something fun to do this weekend while staying safe? Rec Well’s 6th annual Light of the Moon 5K is virtual this year and goes until September 27. You pick the route and time you want to run. Submit your time or a photo of you running, and you’ll be entered to win prizes. Here are other campus events planned for the weekend. As always, please remember to wear your mask and maintain physical distance from others.

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