Information for Residence Halls Under Quarantine

Concerning increases in the number of cases of COVID-19 in our campus community has prompted UW–Madison to quarantine students living in some residence halls. As of September 9, this includes Witte and Sellery halls. Campus will continue to monitor cases in other residence halls.

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 away from others during the period in which they could become infectious. Anyone who tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 will be placed in isolation, which keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others who are not infected, including those with whom they live. More information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For students in residence halls under quarantine:

University Health Services Testing

In an effort to identify all students with COVID-19 in Witte and Sellery, UHS staff will be conducting testing on-site at these dorms for residents who have not already been tested this week. Medical staff will conduct these tests Thursday 9/10 and Friday 9/11. Testing will take place on the resident’s floor using appropriate physical distancing. Residents should wear masks until directed by a medical staff to remove the mask for test specimen collection.

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Services will be reaching out to each student during this period of time to support you. If you need more urgent assistance for mental health concerns, please call the UHS 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Line at 608-265-5600 (option 9). If you would like to schedule a routine phone screening to make an appointment at UHS Mental Health Services, call 608-265-5600 (option 2) or log on to MyUHS to make an appointment online.

Recreation and Wellbeing (RecWell)

Recreation and Wellbeing has a variety of free virtual programs and services to help you maintain your physical wellbeing during this period of time. In spite of the current circumstance, you can stay connected with live group fitness classes, intramural esports leagues, wellbeing workshops, and more. Sign up at, find resources on our YouTube channel, and reach out to us at @uwrecwell. We’re here to help.

Guidance for isolating or quarantining at home

Public health experts advise against travel while you are in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19. This is important for preventing the spread of the disease to others and to other communities. If you can stay where you are, that is the safest solution.

If you do choose to travel:

  • DO NOT travel via public transportation.
  • If you can drive alone, do. If not, limit the number of individuals in the vehicle.
  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Maintain as much distance as possible between you and others while you travel.
  • Do not make non-essential stops.
  • Once you reach your destination, follow CDC instructions for isolation.