Weekly Briefing, April 1, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.1% for both employees and students. Since March 25, 50 university members have tested positive out of more than 36,000 tests; 39 tested positive the week before.

While cases remain low on campus, case counts in Dane County have plateaued and they have begun to increase again in Wisconsin. Recent cases on campus have been linked to campus community members returning from travel around the country. More contagious variants of COVID-19 are being found in the U.S. and Wisconsin. This threatens to produce another surge in illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths. Recreational travel is discouraged, and we recommend everyone review campus travel guidelines. It is critical that all members of our community consistently follow public health requirements: test regularly; wear a two-layer (or greater), well-fitting face covering; avoid gatherings; and clean hands frequently.

University Health Services has vaccinated over 12,000 employees and students. UHS has been allocated 1,200 doses of vaccines for the week of April 5, when eligibility will expand to include everyone 16 and older. Eligible individuals can schedule an appointment through their MyUHS account by looking for “Schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 immunization.” New appointments tend to be added around mid-week, though check the portal regularly in case new appointments and scheduling opportunities are added throughout the week. Since campus vaccine allocation remains lower than the eligible campus population, students and employees are also encouraged to pursue vaccination appointments off campus.

All students and staff must have a green Badger Badge to enter campus buildings, except to receive a test, pursue care at University Health Services or to be vaccinated. The Badger Badges of employees and students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will remain green/Building Access Granted unless they report symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. (For individuals vaccinated off campus, this change will take effect within 5 business days after you submit your vaccination record.) All undergraduates living in central Madison who are not vaccinated must test regularly even if they do not need to enter campus buildings. Find more information on how to get tested and testing requirements.

Campus policies requiring wearing masks indoors, as well as outdoors except when exercising and maintaining six feet from others, remain in effect.

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