Dashboard

Data updated daily. Last updated February 26, 2021.

This dashboard provides information to the campus community and the public about the results of COVID-19 tests among current UW–Madison faculty, staff and students. UW–Madison will not disclose names or other information that could potentially identify a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone who tests positive is directed to self-isolate and seek appropriate medical care. Contact tracers from University Health Services and Public Health Madison & Dane County will notify anyone believed to have been in close contact (more than 15 minutes within 6 feet) with someone who has tested positive. If you are contacted by UHS or PHMDC, please respond immediately to receive important health information.

See additional notes about the data.

Daily Snapshot For data reported February 25, 2021

New cases

7-day average 38.7 Decreased -30%
in last 7 days
Includes off-campus tests

Tests

7-day average 6,938.7 Increased16.7%
in last 7 days
On-campus testing only

% Positivity

7-day average 0.5% 7 days ago: 0.9%
 
On-campus testing only

Isolation/Quarantine

Current on-campus occupancy Isolation: 100 Quarantine: 69 UW Housing residents only

Weekly Briefing, February 25, 2021

The seven-day positivity rate is 0.2% for employees and 0.7% for students. Since Feb. 18, 295 university members have tested positive out of more than 47,000 tests; 336 tested positive the week before.

The majority of recent positive cases have been identified among both off- and on-campus students. We’re seeing cases of students testing positive after interacting with others who live within their residence hall or apartment building. This highlights the need to wear masks outside your room or apartment unit.

Although cases have decreased recently on campus, community spread remains high. 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.

It’s important to understand that any diagnostic test performed in populations with a low disease prevalence will yield some false positive results. The PCR test for COVID-19 is the most specific test available for infection, minimizing the number of false positives to the extent possible. This is true for both our saliva and nasal swab PCR tests, whose false positive rates are very low but not zero. We are currently reviewing all of the campus test data with an eye toward ensuring public health while minimizing the impact of false positive results. To stop the spread of COVID-19, you must treat a positive result seriously and isolate yourself; your close contacts also must quarantine.

University Health Services continues to provide COVID-19 vaccines to eligible groups, including those who perform direct patient service duties and individuals over age 65. Vaccine supplies remain extremely limited across the state. As more individuals become eligible for vaccination on campus, 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.

Chancellor Blank’s order that requires wearing masks indoors, as well as outdoors except when exercising and maintaining six feet from others, remains in effect.

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COVID-19 Testing Data

The first two charts in this section present detailed data about our on-campus testing program, administered by University Health Services. The third chart and summary section include off-campus testing data provided by Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC).

Daily Cases and Percent Positivity 7-Day Average

For testing performed on-campus

Chart summary: This bar chart begins on January 1, 2021. Daily new cases generally remained below 40 through January, increasing up to about 60 a day the first half of Feburary and, on February 16, jumping to more than 100 a day. A majority of cases are reported in students. The percent positivity dropped beneath 0.5% by late January due to an increase in tests. In students it has crept up to 1% as of mid February.

Total Cases and Percent Positivity 7-Day Average

Total Tests by Day

For testing performed on-campus

Chart summary: This bar chart begins on January 1, 2021. Daily tests began increasing later in January with some days topping 5,000 tests. On February 9, tests peaked at 9,348 and remain in a range of about 5,000 to 9,000 tests daily into February, dropping off some on weekends.

Total Daily Tests, Students and Employees

Daily Cases, On- and Off-campus Testing, Combined

The chart below shows combined positive test results from on- and off-campus testing. Off-campus testing data is shared with us by Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). PHMDC collects information on UW affiliation only for individuals who test positive. Therefore, the total number of tests and the percentage of tests that are positive for university employees and students tested off campus are not available.

Chart summary: This bar chart begins on January 1, 2021. Combined daily cases from on- and off-campus testing remained generally below 40 through the end of January with more cases coming from on-campus testing. By early Feburary, daily cases were topping 60 on some days, before decreasing to less than 30 from Feburary 10 to 15. Starting Feburary 16, cases jumped noticeably to more than 100 cases.

New Positive Tests Reported By Day7-day avg

Summary Data

Data below includes results from on-campus testing and off-campus testing shared with us by Public Health Madison & Dane County.

Total Positive Tests To Date

Students
Enrollment: 45,540
6335
Employees
Employees: 19,225
743
Total
7078

Total Positive Tests by
Location Where Test Was Done

To date, 5,398 positive tests have come from on-campus testing and 1,680 have come from off-campus testing.

Total Testing Data

August 7, 2020–February 25, 2021

On-Campus testing Off-campus testing
Date Student
cases
Stu­dent
tests
Employ­ee
cases
Employ­ee
tests
Student
cases
Employee
cases
Total5,052305,97434662,0841,283397

Daily Testing Data

On-Campus testing Off-campus testing
Date Student
cases (7-day %)
Stu­dent
tests
Employ­ee
cases (7-day %)
Employ­ee
tests
Student
cases
Employee
cases
Feb 25 44 (0.6%) 7,662 8 (0.2%) 1,684 0 0
Feb 24 3 (0.7%) 4,452 0 (0.2%) 1,342 2 0
Feb 23 41 (0.9%) 8,792 1 (0.3%) 1,403 4 0
Feb 22 29 (1.1%) 5,891 2 (0.3%) 898 2 0
Feb 21 20 (1.1%) 2,771 0 (0.3%) 219 1 0
Feb 20 67 (1.1%) 7,243 0 (0.3%) 822 1 0
Feb 19 36 (1.1%) 4,506 7 (0.3%) 886 3 0
Feb 18 67 (1.0%) 6,359 6 (0.2%) 1,541 3 1
Feb 17 99 (1.0%) 6,099 3 (0.2%) 1,516 5 0
Feb 16 112 (0.8%) 7,278 2 (0.2%) 1,257 0 0
Feb 15 13 (0.6%) 4,411 0 (0.3%) 837 0 0
Feb 14 26 (0.6%) 2,326 3 (0.3%) 288 0 0
Feb 13 25 (0.7%) 3,230 2 (0.3%) 309 0 0
Feb 12 17 (0.7%) 4,986 1 (0.3%) 1,177 0 2
Feb 11 21 (0.8%) 4,056 2 (0.3%) 1,410 2 1
Feb 10 46 (0.9%) 5,724 5 (0.3%) 1,609 3 1
Feb 9 48 (1.0%) 7,952 3 (0.3%) 1,396 2 0
Feb 8 34 (1.0%) 3,904 4 (0.3%) 935 0 0
Feb 7 38 (1.0%) 2,573 5 (0.3%) 675 2 2
Feb 6 23 (1.0%) 2,575 0 (0.2%) 149 1 0
Feb 5 32 (1.0%) 3,954 1 (0.2%) 1,211 2 0
Feb 4 38 (0.9%) 3,400 3 (0.2%) 1,169 3 0
Feb 3 57 (0.8%) 3,959 2 (0.2%) 1,258 2 4
Feb 2 57 (0.8%) 5,353 4 (0.2%) 989 0 0
Feb 1 17 (0.6%) 3,720 2 (0.2%) 723 1 1
Jan 31 22 (0.7%) 1,212 0 (0.2%) 235 1 0
Jan 30 18 (0.6%) 3,087 0 (0.2%) 457 3 0
Jan 29 29 (0.5%) 4,899 4 (0.2%) 2,009 3 0
Jan 28 24 (0.5%) 4,548 1 (0.2%) 1,638 5 0
Jan 27 39 (0.5%) 4,430 3 (0.3%) 733 2 1
Jan 26 22 (0.4%) 5,531 1 (0.2%) 615 0 0
Jan 25 11 (0.4%) 1,616 1 (0.2%) 237 3 0
Jan 24 1 (0.5%) 1,121 1 (0.2%) 311 3 1
Jan 23 5 (0.5%) 1,853 0 (0.2%) 284 3 2
Jan 22 14 (0.5%) 3,963 5 (0.2%) 1,612 4 1
Jan 21 11 (0.6%) 2,630 2 (0.2%) 1,271 1 0
Jan 20 15 (0.6%) 1,896 3 (0.2%) 1,068 2 3
Jan 19 7 (0.8%) 1,671 2 (0.3%) 869 1 0
Jan 18 15 (1.0%) 1,445 1 (0.2%) 396 2 1
Jan 17 0 (1.1%) 0 0 (0.3%) 0 2 1
Jan 16 0 (1.1%) 0 0 (0.3%) 0 1 2
Jan 15 2 (1.1%) 684 1 (0.4%) 368 1 2
Jan 14 0 (1.3%) 1,040 0 (0.4%) 648 5 3
Jan 13 16 (1.9%) 421 3 (0.6%) 359 7 6
Jan 12 9 (1.8%) 733 0 (0.6%) 468 3 1
Jan 11 6 (2.2%) 249 1 (1.1%) 122 5 4
Jan 10 0 (2.2%) 0 0 (1.1%) 0 5 3
Jan 9 9 (2.2%) 660 4 (1.1%) 329 3 1
Jan 8 6 (2.5%) 411 1 (1.1%) 224 2 4
Jan 7 8 (2.7%) 430 3 (1.2%) 350 7 3
Jan 6 15 (2.5%) 526 2 (1.3%) 342 21 3
Jan 5 27 (2.2%) 916 8 (1.3%) 411 3 3
Jan 4 0 (1.4%) 0 0 (1.0%) 0 4 2
Jan 3 0 (1.4%) 0 0 (1.0%) 0 4 3
Jan 2 0 (1.3%) 0 0 (1.0%) 0 2 5
Jan 1 0 (1.3%) 0 0 (1.0%) 0 0 0
Dec 31 5 (1.3%) 474 3 (1.0%) 259 2 4
Dec 30 7 (1.2%) 407 2 (1.0%) 354 4 5
Dec 29 10 (0.8%) 739 5 (1.1%) 373 4 0
Dec 28 0 (0.7%) 0 0 (0.6%) 0 0 2
Dec 27 0 (0.7%) 19 0 (0.6%) 12 3 3
Dec 26 0 (0.7%) 0 0 (0.6%) 0 0 1
Dec 25 0 (0.6%) 0 0 (0.6%) 0 1 0
Dec 24 2 (0.6%) 447 4 (0.5%) 399 4 4
Dec 23 1 (0.6%) 422 4 (0.5%) 412 1 1
Dec 22 10 (0.6%) 916 0 (0.6%) 439 0 0
Dec 21 0 (0.6%) 2 0 (0.9%) 0 0 1
Dec 20 0 (0.6%) 0 0 (0.9%) 0 2 3
Dec 19 7 (0.6%) 1,307 2 (0.9%) 354 0 0
Dec 18 8 (0.6%) 1,497 0 (0.9%) 332 2 2
Dec 17 4 (0.7%) 962 3 (1.0%) 236 0 1
Dec 16 4 (0.8%) 1,124 5 (1.1%) 252 1 3
Dec 15 13 (0.8%) 1,373 4 (0.9%) 355 2 2
Dec 14 0 (0.8%) 0 0 (0.8%) 0 0 0
Dec 13 0 (0.8%) 0 0 (0.8%) 0 3 1
Dec 12 6 (0.9%) 1,067 1 (0.8%) 223 3 2
Dec 11 11 (1.1%) 1,081 1 (0.9%) 279 3 0
Dec 10 8 (1.1%) 597 3 (1.0%) 211 1 1
Dec 9 4 (1.3%) 983 4 (1.0%) 307 2 7
Dec 8 13 (1.5%) 1,262 2 (0.9%) 335 0 1
Dec 7 0 (1.7%) 0 0 (0.9%) 0 1 0
Dec 6 2 (1.6%) 2 0 (0.9%) 0 3 2
Dec 5 17 (1.6%) 1,044 2 (0.9%) 269 5 1
Dec 4 13 (1.7%) 1,213 4 (1.0%) 314 6 4
Dec 3 16 (1.9%) 631 2 (0.9%) 230 3 1
Dec 2 17 (1.5%) 1,048 3 (0.9%) 309 8 4
Dec 1 25 (1.2%) 1,471 3 (0.7%) 383 0 0
Nov 30 2 (1.0%) 274 0 (0.8%) 54 1 4
Nov 29 0 (1.0%) 6 0 (0.9%) 1 1 2
Nov 28 8 (1.1%) 176 2 (0.9%) 94 2 1
Nov 27 0 (1.2%) 3 0 (0.6%) 0 2 2
Nov 26 7 (1.3%) 1,015 3 (0.6%) 370 6 3
Nov 25 14 (1.4%) 1,853 0 (0.6%) 306 4 5
Nov 24 27 (1.8%) 2,373 4 (0.7%) 366 2 3
Nov 23 6 (2.3%) 642 2 (0.7%) 65 6 1
Nov 22 17 (2.3%) 934 0 (0.6%) 81 2 2
Nov 21 33 (2.4%) 1,821 0 (0.7%) 261 6 5
Nov 20 29 (2.8%) 1,918 1 (1.0%) 255 3 5
Nov 19 32 (3.3%) 2,061 2 (1.1%) 294 12 3
Nov 18 63 (3.8%) 1,956 2 (1.4%) 226 3 6
Nov 17 87 (4.0%) 2,481 4 (1.5%) 288 3 5
Nov 16 0 (3.9%) 1 0 (1.9%) 0 4 6
Nov 15 0 (3.9%) 5 0 (1.9%) 1 1 3
Nov 14 76 (3.9%) 1,760 5 (1.9%) 308 6 4
Nov 13 108 (3.8%) 2,721 4 (1.7%) 365 10 2
Nov 12 88 (3.6%) 2,090 6 (2.0%) 329 8 3
Nov 11 79 (3.3%) 1,866 5 (2.1%) 276 1 3
Nov 10 43 (2.9%) 1,766 8 (2.0%) 220 9 5
Nov 9 23 (2.8%) 559 2 (2.0%) 74 13 3
Nov 8 11 (2.7%) 112 0 (2.0%) 20 2 2
Nov 7 64 (2.7%) 1,973 2 (2.0%) 260 6 3
Nov 6 62 (2.5%) 1,920 5 (2.0%) 250 6 4
Nov 5 30 (2.1%) 1,381 6 (2.1%) 261 8 4
Nov 4 45 (2.0%) 1,995 4 (2.3%) 272 6 1
Nov 3 45 (2.0%) 2,132 9 (2.7%) 268 5 4
Nov 2 7 (2.0%) 258 1 (2.9%) 44 10 12
Nov 1 14 (2.0%) 359 1 (3.0%) 72 1 2
Oct 31 41 (1.9%) 1,841 3 (2.9%) 260 3 2
Oct 30 14 (1.7%) 1,210 4 (3.2%) 173 3 4
Oct 29 26 (1.6%) 1,578 8 (3.2%) 243 1 5
Oct 28 44 (1.5%) 2,001 10 (3.1%) 269 5 5
Oct 27 32 (1.3%) 1,660 9 (2.4%) 172 3 5
Oct 26 1 (1.2%) 42 1 (2.1%) 16 7 4
Oct 25 9 (1.2%) 438 2 (2.0%) 126 4 0
Oct 24 16 (1.2%) 1,205 2 (2.0%) 127 4 2
Oct 23 7 (1.1%) 1,283 3 (1.8%) 133 1 5
Oct 22 10 (1.2%) 1,245 4 (1.7%) 156 2 1
Oct 21 27 (1.2%) 1,784 1 (1.6%) 189 2 2
Oct 20 22 (1.0%) 1,561 5 (1.8%) 123 0 3
Oct 19 3 (0.9%) 214 1 (1.4%) 51 3 2
Oct 18 0 (1.0%) 7 0 (1.3%) 3 1 4
Oct 17 11 (1.1%) 1,208 1 (1.2%) 169 2 1
Oct 16 15 (1.1%) 1,472 3 (1.2%) 199 3 4
Oct 15 16 (1.1%) 1,679 4 (1.3%) 176 2 1
Oct 14 13 (1.0%) 1,971 3 (1.1%) 231 1 4
Oct 13 16 (1.0%) 1,397 1 (1.0%) 129 1 1
Oct 12 14 (1.0%) 507 1 (1.0%) 83 3 4
Oct 11 7 (0.9%) 403 0 (1.0%) 110 0 1
Oct 10 13 (0.8%) 1,255 1 (1.0%) 150 0 5
Oct 9 15 (0.8%) 1,534 4 (1.0%) 190 2 1
Oct 8 15 (0.8%) 1,907 2 (0.7%) 197 5 2
Oct 7 11 (0.8%) 1,670 1 (0.6%) 111 0 4
Oct 6 9 (0.9%) 1,239 1 (0.5%) 155 3 4
Oct 5 0 (0.9%) 1 0 (0.5%) 0 3 3
Oct 4 2 (0.9%) 244 0 (0.5%) 61 1 2
Oct 3 14 (1.0%) 1,427 1 (0.5%) 208 3 1
Oct 2 9 (1.2%) 1,094 1 (0.4%) 71 2 2
Oct 1 9 (1.2%) 1,337 0 (0.5%) 111 3 4
Sep 30 19 (1.6%) 1,587 1 (0.6%) 166 7 3
Sep 29 15 (1.9%) 1,804 1 (0.5%) 178 0 3
Sep 28 0 (2.3%) 2 0 (0.5%) 2 1 0
Sep 27 11 (2.3%) 357 0 (0.5%) 98 12 1
Sep 26 18 (2.7%) 787 0 (0.5%) 85 4 1
Sep 25 20 (3.1%) 1,500 2 (0.4%) 158 10 4
Sep 24 34 (3.9%) 1,174 1 (0.3%) 101 8 1
Sep 23 34 (4.6%) 1,252 0 (0.3%) 114 13 1
Sep 22 13 (5.5%) 640 0 (0.6%) 33 9 4
Sep 21 3 (5.7%) 9 0 (0.8%) 1 10 2
Sep 20 46 (5.6%) 806 0 (0.8%) 151 6 1
Sep 19 64 (6.4%) 1,553 0 (1.0%) 111 13 3
Sep 18 74 (7.0%) 1,432 1 (1.0%) 114 16 2
Sep 17 86 (7.5%) 1,330 1 (0.9%) 178 20 2
Sep 16 124 (8.3%) 1,708 3 (0.8%) 188 41 4
Sep 15 10 (9.6%) 356 1 (0.4%) 36 27 3
Sep 14 2 (10.1%) 25 0 (0.4%) 2 3 1
Sep 13 187 (10.2%) 2,087 1 (0.4%) 107 28 2
Sep 12 76 (9.9%) 1,009 0 (0.4%) 62 39 2
Sep 11 67 (9.5%) 859 0 (0.5%) 83 12 0
Sep 10 219 (9.1%) 2,238 0 (0.6%) 122 32 0
Sep 9 290 (8.4%) 2,264 0 (0.6%) 138 111 0
Sep 8 24 (6.5%) 123 1 (0.6%) 5 27 2
Sep 7 20 (5.7%) 92 0 (0.4%) 2 75 1
Sep 6 146 (5.1%) 1,897 1 (0.4%) 139 32 1
Sep 5 117 (4.1%) 1,845 1 (0.3%) 167 23 0
Sep 4 91 (3.3%) 1,496 1 (0.4%) 148 18 0
Sep 3 38 (2.5%) 879 0 (0.2%) 109 32 1
Sep 2 34 (2.0%) 906 0 (0.3%) 93 15 0
Sep 1 49 (1.7%) 1,589 0 (0.5%) 72 40 1
Aug 31 8 (1.4%) 839 0 (0.5%) 8 11 3
Aug 30 14 (1.5%) 930 0 (0.6%) 52 5 2
Aug 29 25 (1.4%) 1,149 1 (0.6%) 72 12 2
Aug 28 14 (1.2%) 878 0 (0.3%) 61 7 1
Aug 27 7 (1.1%) 1,131 0 (0.3%) 41 5 2
Aug 26 19 (1.3%) 1,484 1 (0.2%) 86 10 1
Aug 25 9 (1.2%) 475 0 (0.0%) 44 12 1
Aug 24 0 (1.1%) 0 0 (0.0%) 0 2 1
Aug 23 2 (1.1%) 171 0 (0.0%) 37 7 0
Aug 22 3 (1.1%) 186 0 (0.0%) 51 0 0
Aug 21 2 (1.3%) 235 0 (0.0%) 79 5 0
Aug 20 0 (1.4%) 194 0 (0.0%) 128 0 2
Aug 19 1 (2.0%) 192 0 (0.0%) 123 2 1
Aug 18 5 (2.8%) 201 0 (0.6%) 126 1 1
Aug 17 0 (2.5%) 0 0 (0.7%) 1 1 0
Aug 16 0 (2.5%) 8 0 (0.7%) 27 3 1
Aug 15 3 (2.6%) 40 0 (0.7%) 102 0 1
Aug 14 1 (1.6%) 80 0 (1.0%) 175 1 3
Aug 13 1 (2.6%) 37 0 (2.2%) 77 6 0
Aug 12 1 25 3 36 2 0
Aug 11 0 49 0 26 4 0
Aug 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aug 9 0 0 0 0 2 0
Aug 8 0 0 0 0 2 0
Aug 7 1 3 0 0 7 1
Aug 6 - - - - 12 0
Aug 5 - - - - 5 2
Aug 4 - - - - 13 2
Aug 3 - - - - 5 0
Aug 2 - - - - 9 0
Aug 1 - - - - 4 1
Jul 31 - - - - 4 1
Jul 30 - - - - 3 0
Jul 29 - - - - 1 1
Jul 28 - - - - 3 2

Data Notes

Notable events

August 6, 2020: First campus testing site opens on Henry Mall

January 11, 2021: The spring semester testing program begins; first of 12 new testing sites open.

January 25, 2021: First day of classes.

Campus COVID-19 info

The university has adopted new measures to enhance the safety of the campus community during the spring semester. These measures increase the scope and frequency of testing and are linked to access to campus. Proof of recent negative test results will be needed starting Feb. 1 in order to access campus facilities and services.

About the Data

  • This dashboard features data from testing performed on and off campus of current students and employees. Public Health Madison & Dane County collects information on UW affiliation only for individuals who test positive. Therefore, the total number of tests and the percentage of tests that are positive for university employees and students tested off campus are not available.
  • Positive test counts reported by UW–Madison and PHMDC may initially differ due to differences in the timing of reporting and the need to determine UW affiliation for those tested off campus.
  • Data are updated by 2 p.m. daily.
  • Data from a previous day may change if additional information becomes available.
  • “Students” includes all currently enrolled students: undergraduate, graduate/professional and special students.
  • “Employees” includes all currently employed faculty and staff. It does not include student and graduate employees; they are counted under students.
  • This dashboard does not distinguish between students living on or off campus. The location where testing was performed does not correspond to the on- or off-campus status of a student or employee.
  • The 7-day average of positive cases is the number of cases over the past 7 days divided by 7. The 7-day average percent positive is the number of positive test results over the past 7 days divided by the total number of tests done over the past 7 days.
  • Visit the fall semester’s archived dashboard and data.
  • Questions? Email covidresponse@vc.wisc.edu

Accessibility Statement

UW-Madison is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive digital campus. The COVID-19 dashboard provides data to guide decisions for public health. If you encounter an accessibility barrier or to request an accommodation, please email web@umark.wisc.edu.