Briefing, September 6, 2020

Recent results for on-campus testing continue to show an increase in positive tests among students and in the positive test rate. Of the 115 positive student tests reported today by the on-campus testing program, 40 are for students living in residence halls and 75 are for students living off campus. One employee also tested positive. The positive test rate for today’s on-campus student results is 6.3 percent; the 7-day average is 4.1 percent.

We are conducting biweekly surveillance testing of residence hall students. We expect a greater proportion of our positive test results to come from students who live off campus, as they make up the majority of our student population.

The current data illustrates a worsening situation among our campus community. The total number of cases has increased every day for the past five days. A rise in the positive proportion of total tests indicates this increase is not simply due to an increase in testing. This is the kind of exponential growth we see in COVID-19 transmission that is not well-contained. With our partners at Public Health Madison & Dane County, campus leadership is reviewing next steps to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Today, PHMDC also reported a record number of cases, including those identified by campus testing. Because PHMDC and UW–Madison receive results at different times, these data are preliminary. However, we will continue to reconcile reports and add data to the dashboard on the days we receive it. Read more here:

As of September 5, 69 Housing students are in on-campus quarantine and 74 Housing students are in on-campus isolation. Read more about quarantine, isolation and testing follow-up procedures.

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