Weekly Briefing, February 4, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.2% for employees and 0.8% for students. Since Jan. 28, 252 university members have tested positive out of more than 33,000 tests; 135 tested positive the week before.

The majority of positive cases were 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 will take effect on Feb. 10. All students and staff must have a green Badger Badge to enter campus buildings on this date. Plan ahead to receive a test in time, allowing enough time to receive test results. Although we don’t expect test site operations to be affected by snow and bitterly cold temperatures, prepare for the winter weather when seeking a test. Find more information on how to get tested and new testing requirements.

University Health Services continues to vaccinate eligible Phase 1a and 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. Decisions around eligibility for future phases continue to be made with guidance from state public health officials.

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

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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