Weekly Briefing, December 17, 2020

The 7-day positivity rate for employees is 1.1%, and it is 0.8% for students. Since December 10, 70 university members tested positive, a decrease from the 115 who tested positive the week before.

Ahead of upcoming holidays and the university’s winter break, students and employees should review university guidance on COVID-19 precautions around holiday travel. If you plan to travel, strictly limit your contacts ahead of time and plan for a COVID-19 test before you depart. Continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and do not travel if you are sick. And keep practicing safe behavior, such as wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distance from others as much as possible.

Campus testing availability will change around the holidays. Testing will be closed Dec. 24–25 and Dec. 31–Jan. 1. Holt and Ogg testing sites will be closed on Wednesdays and Dec. 21–Jan. 1. All other sites will be open Dec. 28–30 from 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Due to the reduced testing and federal holidays, this dashboard will not be updated Dec. 24–Dec. 27 or Dec. 31–Jan. 3. This weekly briefing will be updated on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Wednesday, Dec. 30.

With a high level of community spread, it remains critical to take precautions: limit trips out, avoid gathering in-person, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, stay home when sick, and wear a mask in public.

A state of emergency and public health emergency remains in effect in the state of Wisconsin, extending the face covering requirement in order to address hospital bed and staff shortages. A local order from Public Health Madison & Dane County remains in effect and includes a ban on indoor off-campus gatherings of more than 10 people. UW–Madison remains subject to state orders.

Campus testing: Testing appointments remain available Monday through Friday and include pedestrian and drive-up options. Check all campus testing locations in the MyUHS portal to find the earliest possible appointment.

Campus operations: All group instruction and final exams are being conducted virtually through the end of the semester, and some campus operations and building hours have changed — view updates.

Hospitalizations: No UW–Madison students or employees have reported current hospitalizations due to COVID-19. PHMDC tracks hospitalizations on its dashboard.


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