Weekly Briefing, March 11, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.1% for employees and 0.2% for students. Since March 4, 74 university members have tested positive out of more than 48,000 tests; 195 tested positive the week before.

As the weather warms, outdoor activities are a better way than indoor activities to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. However campus policy requires everyone to wear a mask outdoors except when exercising and maintaining at least six feet of distance from others, as close contact, even outdoors, presents a risk for spreading the disease.

Cases continue to decline on campus and in Dane County, but community spread remains a significant concern. It is critical that all members of our community consistently follow public health requirements: test regularly; wear a two-layer (or greater), well-fitting face covering; avoid gatherings; and clean hands frequently.

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. Plan ahead to receive a test in time, allowing enough time to receive test results. All undergraduates living in central Madison must test regularly even if they do not need to enter campus buildings. Find more information on how to get tested and new testing requirements.

University Health Services continues to provide COVID-19 vaccines to eligible groups, including those who perform direct patient service duties, individuals over age 65, childcare and custodial staff, and employees over age 45 with certain student-contact responsibilities. As more individuals become eligible for vaccination on campus and more vaccine becomes available, please keep an eye on your university email for more information. For more information about vaccination on campus, check UHS and the Covid Response site for updates.

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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