Weekly Briefing, December 30, 2020

The 7-day positivity rate is 0.8% for students and 1.1% for employees. Since December 23, 42 university members have tested positive, a decrease from the 60 who tested positive the week before.

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. If you travel or choose to gather with people you do not live with, consider limiting your interactions with others as much as possible for 14 days and scheduling a COVID-19 test upon return.

Campus testing availability remains on an altered schedule. Testing will be closed Dec. 31–Jan. 1. Holt and Ogg testing sites are closed until Jan. 1. All other sites are open Dec. 28–30 from 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m. When scheduling a test, check all campus testing locations in the MyUHS portal to find the earliest possible appointment.

Due to the reduced testing and holidays, this dashboard will not be updated Dec. 31–Jan. 3.

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 remain 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 operations: For updates on campus operations as the spring semester begins, visit this website.

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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