Weekly Briefing, March 25, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.1% for both employees and students. Since March 18, 35 university members have tested positive out of more than 39,000 tests; 56 tested positive the week before.

While cases remain low on campus, case counts in Dane County and Wisconsin have plateaued, indicating that steps must still be taken to further contain the pandemic. 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.

University Health Services has vaccinated over 10,000 employees and students. UHS has been allocated 800 doses of vaccines for the week of March 29. Eligibility has expanded to include individuals with certain underlying medical conditions in addition to those over 65, childcare and custodial staff, and employees working on campus who have student contact. Eligible individuals should routinely check for available vaccination appointments through their MyUHS account by looking for “Schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 immunization,” as new appointments can be added daily depending on allotment.

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. The Badger Badges of employees and students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will remain green/Building Access Granted unless they report symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. (For individuals vaccinated off campus, this change will take effect within 5 business days after you submit your vaccination record.) All undergraduates living in central Madison who are not vaccinated must test regularly even if they do not need to enter campus buildings. Find more information on how to get tested and testing requirements.

Students and staff are encouraged to avoid recreational travel. Please follow these travel guidelines if you decide to travel.

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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