Weekly Briefing, February 11, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.3% for employees and 0.9% for students. Since Feb. 4, 307 university members have tested positive out of more than 37,000 tests; 237 tested positive the week before.

The majority of recent positive cases have been identified among both off- and on-campus students. Many positive individuals reported attending gatherings with or without wearing masks. This serves as a reminder that the close contact of indoor social gatherings easily spreads COVID-19. 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.

Building restrictions took effect on Feb. 10. All students and staff must now have a green Badger Badge to enter campus buildings, except to receive a test or to be vaccinated. Plan ahead to receive a test in time, allowing enough time to receive test results. Check to confirm your personal information, including address, in the Safer Badgers app is correct so you receive the correct testing guidance. Find more information on how to get tested and new testing requirements.

University Health Services continues to vaccinate eligible Phase 1a and early Phase 1b employees and students against COVID-19, including those over age 65. Eligible employees and students should respond to email messages to schedule an appointment for vaccination. Read more information about future vaccine eligibility.

Chancellor Blank’s order that requires wearing masks indoors, as well as outdoors when physical distancing is not possible, remains in effect.

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