Weekly Briefing, April 15, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.1% for employees and 0.2% for students. Since April 8, 70 university members have tested positive out of more than 34,000 tests; 67 tested positive the week before.

We have recently seen a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus and in the greater Madison area as highly contagious variants of the virus spread widely in the community. It is critical that all members of our community — including those who are fully vaccinated — consistently follow public health requirements: test regularly; wear a two-layer (or greater), well-fitting face covering; avoid gatherings; and clean hands frequently.

More than 21,000 employees and students have received at least one dose of the vaccine. On April 13, based on guidance from the federal government and the state of Wisconsin, UHS paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This pause does not affect the safety and ongoing administration of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on campus. University Health Services has been allocated 1,100 first doses of vaccine for the week of April 19. All students and employees are now eligible for vaccination and can search for a vaccine appointment from UHS or off campus. If you are vaccinated off campus, remember to let UHS know.

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. 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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