Dashboard 2020

Below are the charts and data from the university’s COVID-19 dashboard as published from August to December, 2020. Switch to the current 2021 dashboard.

On-Campus Testing

This section presents detailed data about our on-campus testing program, administered by University Health Services. It does not include off-campus testing data provided by Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC).

For testing information about all university members, including data from those tested off-campus and shared with us by PHMDC, visit this section below: On- and Off-Campus Testing.

Total Tests and Positive Tests by Day

Total Tests and Positives by Day, Students and Employees

Percent Positive 7-Day Average

Percent Positive 7-Day Average, Students7-day avg

On-Campus Positive Test Percentage

3,944 positive
(2.5%)
153,907 negative
(97.5%)

Testing Results By Day

Date Students posi­tive (%) Total
stu­dent tests
Employ­ees posi­tive (%) Total
employ­ee tests
Dec 31 5 (1.1) 474 3 (1.2) 259
Dec 30 7 (1.7) 407 2 (0.6) 354
Dec 29 10 (1.4) 739 5 (1.3) 373
Dec 28 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 27 0 (0.0) 19 0 (0.0) 12
Dec 26 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 25 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 24 2 (0.4) 447 4 (1.0) 399
Dec 23 1 (0.2) 422 4 (1.0) 412
Dec 22 10 (1.1) 916 0 (0.0) 439
Dec 21 0 (0.0) 2 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 20 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 19 7 (0.5) 1,307 2 (0.6) 354
Dec 18 8 (0.5) 1,497 0 (0.0) 332
Dec 17 4 (0.4) 962 3 (1.3) 236
Dec 16 4 (0.4) 1,124 5 (2.0) 252
Dec 15 13 (0.9) 1,373 4 (1.1) 355
Dec 14 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 13 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 12 6 (0.6) 1,067 1 (0.4) 223
Dec 11 11 (1.0) 1,081 1 (0.4) 279
Dec 10 8 (1.3) 597 3 (1.4) 211
Dec 9 4 (0.4) 983 4 (1.3) 307
Dec 8 13 (1.0) 1,262 2 (0.6) 335
Dec 7 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 6 2 (100.0) 2 0 (0.0) 0
Dec 5 17 (1.6) 1,044 2 (0.7) 269
Dec 4 13 (1.1) 1,213 4 (1.3) 314
Dec 3 16 (2.5) 631 2 (0.9) 230
Dec 2 17 (1.6) 1,048 3 (1.0) 309
Dec 1 25 (1.7) 1,471 3 (0.8) 383
Nov 30 2 (0.7) 274 0 (0.0) 54
Nov 29 0 (0.0) 6 0 (0.0) 1
Nov 28 8 (4.5) 176 2 (2.1) 94
Nov 27 0 (0.0) 3 0 (0.0) 0
Nov 26 7 (0.7) 1,015 3 (0.8) 370
Nov 25 14 (0.8) 1,853 0 (0.0) 306
Nov 24 27 (1.1) 2,373 4 (1.1) 366
Nov 23 6 (0.9) 642 2 (3.1) 65
Nov 22 17 (1.8) 934 0 (0.0) 81
Nov 21 33 (1.8) 1,821 0 (0.0) 261
Nov 20 29 (1.5) 1,918 1 (0.4) 255
Nov 19 32 (1.6) 2,061 2 (0.7) 294
Nov 18 63 (3.2) 1,956 2 (0.9) 226
Nov 17 87 (3.5) 2,481 4 (1.4) 288
Nov 16 0 (0.0) 1 0 (0.0) 0
Nov 15 0 (0.0) 5 0 (0.0) 1
Nov 14 76 (4.3) 1,760 5 (1.6) 308
Nov 13 108 (4.0) 2,721 4 (1.1) 365
Nov 12 88 (4.2) 2,090 6 (1.8) 329
Nov 11 79 (4.2) 1,866 5 (1.8) 276
Nov 10 43 (2.4) 1,766 8 (3.6) 220
Nov 9 23 (4.1) 559 2 (2.7) 74
Nov 8 11 (9.8) 112 0 (0.0) 20
Nov 7 64 (3.2) 1,973 2 (0.8) 260
Nov 6 62 (3.2) 1,920 5 (2.0) 250
Nov 5 30 (2.2) 1,381 6 (2.3) 261
Nov 4 45 (2.3) 1,995 4 (1.5) 272
Nov 3 45 (2.1) 2,132 9 (3.4) 268
Nov 2 7 (2.7) 258 1 (2.3) 44
Nov 1 14 (3.9) 359 1 (1.4) 72
Oct 31 41 (2.2) 1,841 3 (1.2) 260
Oct 30 14 (1.2) 1,210 4 (2.3) 173
Oct 29 26 (1.6) 1,578 8 (3.3) 243
Oct 28 44 (2.2) 2,001 10 (3.7) 269
Oct 27 32 (1.9) 1,660 9 (5.2) 172
Oct 26 1 (2.4) 42 1 (6.3) 16
Oct 25 9 (2.1) 438 2 (1.6) 126
Oct 24 16 (1.3) 1,205 2 (1.6) 127
Oct 23 7 (0.5) 1,283 3 (2.3) 133
Oct 22 10 (0.8) 1,245 4 (2.6) 156
Oct 21 27 (1.5) 1,784 1 (0.5) 189
Oct 20 22 (1.4) 1,561 5 (4.1) 123
Oct 19 3 (1.4) 214 1 (2.0) 51
Oct 18 0 (0.0) 7 0 (0.0) 3
Oct 17 11 (0.9) 1,208 1 (0.6) 169
Oct 16 15 (1.0) 1,472 3 (1.5) 199
Oct 15 16 (1.0) 1,679 4 (2.3) 176
Oct 14 13 (0.7) 1,971 3 (1.3) 231
Oct 13 16 (1.1) 1,397 1 (0.8) 129
Oct 12 14 (2.8) 507 1 (1.2) 83
Oct 11 7 (1.7) 403 0 (0.0) 110
Oct 10 13 (1.0) 1,255 1 (0.7) 150
Oct 9 15 (1.0) 1,534 4 (2.1) 190
Oct 8 15 (0.8) 1,907 2 (1.0) 197
Oct 7 11 (0.7) 1,670 1 (0.9) 111
Oct 6 9 (0.7) 1,239 1 (0.6) 155
Oct 5 0 (0.0) 1 0 (0.0) 0
Oct 4 2 (0.8) 244 0 (0.0) 61
Oct 3 14 (1.0) 1,427 1 (0.5) 208
Oct 2 9 (0.8) 1,094 1 (1.4) 71
Oct 1 9 (0.7) 1,337 0 (0.0) 111
Sep 30 19 (1.2) 1,587 1 (0.6) 166
Sep 29 15 (0.8) 1,804 1 (0.6) 178
Sep 28 0 (0.0) 2 0 (0.0) 2
Sep 27 11 (3.1) 357 0 (0.0) 98
Sep 26 18 (2.3) 787 0 (0.0) 85
Sep 25 20 (1.3) 1,500 2 (1.3) 158
Sep 24 34 (2.9) 1,174 1 (1.0) 101
Sep 23 34 (2.7) 1,252 0 (0.0) 114
Sep 22 13 (2.0) 640 0 (0.0) 33
Sep 21 3 (33.3) 9 0 (0.0) 1
Sep 20 46 (5.7) 806 0 (0.0) 151
Sep 19 64 (4.1) 1,553 0 (0.0) 111
Sep 18 74 (5.2) 1,432 1 (0.9) 114
Sep 17 86 (6.5) 1,330 1 (0.6) 178
Sep 16 124 (7.3) 1,708 3 (1.6) 188
Sep 15 10 (2.8) 356 1 (2.8) 36
Sep 14 2 (8.0) 25 0 (0.0) 2
Sep 13 187 (9.0) 2,087 1 (0.9) 107
Sep 12 76 (7.5) 1,009 0 (0.0) 62
Sep 11 67 (7.8) 859 0 (0.0) 83
Sep 10 219 (9.8) 2,238 0 (0.0) 122
Sep 9 290 (12.8) 2,264 0 (0.0) 138
Sep 8 24 (19.5) 123 1 (20.0) 5
Sep 7 20 (21.7) 92 0 (0.0) 2
Sep 6 146 (7.7) 1,897 1 (0.7) 139
Sep 5 117 (6.3) 1,845 1 (0.6) 167
Sep 4 91 (6.1) 1,496 1 (0.7) 148
Sep 3 38 (4.3) 879 0 (0.0) 109
Sep 2 34 (3.8) 906 0 (0.0) 93
Sep 1 49 (3.1) 1,589 0 (0.0) 72
Aug 31 8 (1.0) 839 0 (0.0) 8
Aug 30 14 (1.5) 930 0 (0.0) 52
Aug 29 25 (2.2) 1,149 1 (1.4) 72
Aug 28 14 (1.6) 878 0 (0.0) 61
Aug 27 7 (0.6) 1,131 0 (0.0) 41
Aug 26 19 (1.3) 1,484 1 (1.2) 86
Aug 25 9 (1.9) 475 0 (0.0) 44
Aug 24 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 0
Aug 23 2 (1.2) 171 0 (0.0) 37
Aug 22 3 (1.6) 186 0 (0.0) 51
Aug 21 2 (0.9) 235 0 (0.0) 79
Aug 20 0 (0.0) 194 0 (0.0) 128
Aug 19 1 (0.5) 192 0 (0.0) 123
Aug 18 5 (2.5) 201 0 (0.0) 126
Aug 17 0 (0.0) 0 0 (0.0) 1
Total3,711 (2.7%)136,826233 (1.1%)21,025

On- and Off-Campus Testing

The charts below include positive test results from on-campus testing, which began August 6, and from off-campus testing shared with us by Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). Counts for a specific date reflect the date those test results came to us. The summary PHMDC data dates back to July 28.

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.

New Positive Tests Reported By Day

New Positive Tests Reported By Day7-day avg

Summary Data

Data below includes results from on-campus testing, which began August 6, and from off-campus testing shared with us by Public Health Madison & Dane County.

Total Positive Tests To Date

Students
4851
Employees
563
Total
5414

Total Positive Tests by
Location Where Test Was Done

To date, 3,944 positive tests have come from on-campus testing and 1,470 have come from off-campus testing.

Data Notes

Notable events

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

August 25, 2020: Additional sites open at Ogg Hall and Frank Holt Center.

August 25-31, 2020: Students move into campus residence halls

September 2, 2020: First day of classes

September 7, 2020: Undergraduates directed to restrict movements through September 21

September 9, 2020: In-person classes paused from September 10–25.

September 26, 2020: Some in-person activity resumed.

October 6, 2020: Pedestrian and drive-up testing site opens at the Porter Boathouse.

November 30, 2020: Following Thanksgiving recess, campus switches to all-virtual group instruction and urges undergraduates to remain at their permanent homes until start of spring semester.

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.
  • “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.
  • On September 3, 2020, the dashboard was updated to better integrate daily data provided to us by PHMDC. Specifically, this data is presented in the chart title New Positive Tests Reported By Day.
  • On September 16, the dashboard was updated to more accurately represent employee or student status and to exclude patients with a previous positive test through UHS within the past 90 days, because people may test positive up to 90 days after their initial positive test.
  • On October 2, we aligned Public Health Madison & Dane County testing data with on-campus testing data by assigning PHMDC results to the date the test results were first reported. Previously, we assigned PHMDC testing results to the date they were shared with UW–Madison, regardless of when they were first reported. This better aligns on- and off-campus testing dates and removes some artificial fluctuations in the data due to lags in off-campus test reports. In addition, we identified 43 students and employees who tested positive at on-campus testing sites but were being double counted in both on- and off-campus totals. We have removed these duplicates from the off-campus 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.