Briefing, September 30, 2020

Test results: There are 16 new positive tests reported from campus testing today, 15 students and 1 employee. Three students and no employees tested positive at off-campus testing sites. The percent positive rate for students tested on campus today is 0.8 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 1.9 percent.

How to stay safe: All students and employees, including those who are studying or working off-campus, have access to free, on-campus COVID-19 testing sites. Instructions for signing up for a test can be found on the UHS website.

UHS also has information on signing up for a flu shot on campus, which is free with proof of insurance. Off campus, the vaccine is available through primary care providers and at many pharmacies, grocery stores and big box retailers. Find an option near you.

Getting a flu shot this season is important for limiting your risks of acquiring a second respiratory virus during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it does not protect against the virus that causes COVID-19, a flu shot can protect you from becoming sick with the flu or reduce the duration and severity of your symptoms if you are exposed. Health experts do not yet know the consequences of infection with both viruses. 

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 in recent 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 this week, all Housing residents are being 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, 47 students are in on-campus isolation and 26 are in Housing quarantine, in addition to those in fraternity and sorority chapter houses. 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.

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