Dashboard, Fall 2021

Below are the charts from the university’s COVID-19 dashboard as published during fall 2021. Switch to the current dashboard.

Percent of On-Campus Population Fully Vaccinated

Updated weekly on Mondays. Last updated December 20, 2021.

Students

95.2%

Employees

96.1%

Positive Test Results By Day

Positive Test Results On Campus By Day

Administered by UHS, beginning August 1, 2021

Chart summary: This bar chart begins on August 1, 2021 and shows total positive test results among students and employees by day. The chart also shows a curve line representing the rolling 7-day average positives. Data points for specific days can be found by stepping through the chart’s daily data points. In general, students account for 80 to 100 percent of positives each day. Total positive tests were below 20 per day through September 7 and began increasing in the first half of September to 50 to 70 per day. By the end of September, numbers had dropped to 10 to 30 per day. Through November, numbers remained under 20 per day. By November and early December, cases had jumped to 25 to 30 a day. By mid-December, cases were 60 to 80 a day. There was no testing between Christmas and New Year’s. On January 4, 2022, 179 cases were reported, almost double the preview high on Dec. 23, 2021. By mid-January, cases ranged between 90 and 180.

Positive Tests from On-Campus Testing

Dane County New Cases By Day

Beginning August 1, 2021. Data from Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Chart summary: This bar chart begins on August 1, 2021 and shows total daily cases in Dane County. The chart also shows a curve line representing the rolling 7-day average of cases. Data points for specific days can be found by stepping through the chart’s daily data points. Total cases in Dane County rose slowly during August from about 50 to 100 a day to about 100 to 150 a day. By mid-September, daily cases had risen to 200 to 300 a day. By late October cases had decreased to roughly 100 to 125 a day. Through November, cases increased to roughly 150 to 300 a day and, by early December, were up to almost 350 a day. By mid-December, cases were 400 to 500 a day. Reported cases were down during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but ranged between 500 and 800 otherwise in late December and early January. On January 16, cases spiked to more than 10,000.

Positive, confirmed cases in Dane County

Wisconsin New Cases By Day

Beginning August 1, 2021. Data from Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Chart summary: This bar chart begins on August 1, 2021 and shows total daily cases in Wisconsin. The chart also shows a curve line representing the rolling 7-day average of cases. Data points for specific days can be found by stepping through the chart’s daily data points. Total cases in Wisconsin rose slowly during August from roughly 1,000 to 1,500 a day to 1,500 to 2,000 a day. By mid-September cases had risen to roughly 3,000 to 3,500 a day. By late October cases had decreased to roughly 2,000 to 2,500 a day. Through November, cases increase to roughly 3,000 to 4,000 a day and in mid December were closer to 5,000 a day. Reported cases were down during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, but ranged between 6000 and 8000 otherwise in late December and early January. By mid-January, cases were roughly 15,000 a day though, on January 16, cases spiked to more than 35,000.

Positive, confirmed cases in Wisconsin

Total Tests On Campus By Day

Administered by UHS, beginning August 1, 2021

Chart summary: This bar chart begins on August 1, 2021 and shows total tests administered to students and employees by day. The chart also shows a curve line representing the rolling 7-day average of tests. Data points for specific days can be found by stepping through the chart’s daily data points. In general, students account for 80 to 90 percent of tests each day. Total tests were 400 or fewer a day through August and increased to up to 2,000 a day into mid-September. By late October, tests had steadily decreased to about 1,000 a day and continued to remain at that level through mid January. There was no testing between Christmas and New Year’s. In general, there have been no or fewer tests on weekends.

Total Tests administered on campus

Campus testing is offered Monday-Friday by appointment through the MyUHS app or web portal. Test results are reported on the day the result is received.

Data Notes

Notable events

August 5: Indoor mask mandate takes effect

August 30: Required weekly testing takes effect for students and employees who have not provided proof of vaccination

September 8: First day of classes

November 25–28: Thanksgiving recess

December 24, 2021–January 2, 2022: No on-campus COVID testing

December 24, 2021–January 24, 2022: Winter recess

Campus COVID-19 info

To protect the health of the campus community, masks must be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. Read the Chancellor’s orders.

Unvaccinated students and employees must test weekly.

About the Data

  • This dashboard features data from testing performed on campus.
  • The dashboard is updated by 3 p.m. on weekdays.
  • Data from a previous day may change if additional information becomes available.
  • Testing data includes results from mandatory weekly testing for students and employees who have not provided proof of vaccination and results from voluntary testing available to all students and employees. Mandatory testing applies to all enrolled students coming to the main UW–Madison campus for any purpose and employees on the main UW–Madison campus who have not provided proof of vaccination. Students who are also employees are counted under students.
  • Vaccination data is based on the number of enrolled students coming to the main UW–Madison campus for any purpose and on the number of employees on the main UW­–Madison campus.
  • This dashboard does not distinguish between students living on or off campus.
  • Visit archived dashboards and data from fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021.
  • 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.