Weekly Briefing, April 8, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.1% for employees and 0.2% for students. Since April 1, 66 university members have tested positive out of more than 36,000 tests; 53 tested positive the week before.

We are beginning to see 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. 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 — 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 16,000 employees and students have been vaccinated. University Health Services has been allocated 700 doses of vaccines for the week of April 12. All students and employees are now eligible for vaccination. Since campus vaccine allocation remains lower than the eligible campus population, we encourage students and employees to seek vaccine wherever it is available, off campus as well as on 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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