Fall 2021 Testing

Effective August 30, unvaccinated students and employees are required to test weekly on campus. If you are vaccinated and have not shared your record with UHS, do so now.
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Fall semester testing is by appointment only through the MyUHS app or the MyUHS web portal.

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Campus Testing Sites

If you don’t find an appointment at your preferred site, please check availability at all sites.

Note: Designated parking at testing sites is not available this semester. Individuals who choose to drive to access testing sites can find parking on the campus parking map. Check the website for lot availability for real-time occupancy levels.

Nasal swab testing is available by appointment Monday–Friday at the following locations:

  • Frank Holt Center, lower level, 1650 Kronshage Drive
    Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed noon–1 p.m. for lunch; Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
  • Union South, Room 271
    Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed noon–1 for lunch
  • University Club, 803 State St. (intersection of State Street Mall and East Campus Mall)
    Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed noon–1 p.m. for lunch; Friday, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The accessible entrance is on the west side of the building with a phone number posted: Testing will occur just inside the door.
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), 610 Walnut St.
    Monday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed noon–1 p.m. for lunch; Tuesday 6:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., closed noon–1 p.m. for lunch; Wednesday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., closed noon–1 p.m. for lunch; Friday, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Off-Campus Testing Sites

Off-campus test results may not be used to satisfy the weekly testing requirement for people who have not provided proof of vaccination. An off-campus positive test result may be used to receive a 90-day exemption from the weekly testing requirement; you must submit it via the MyUHS app or website.

Public Health Madison & Dane County continue to provide free testing at their South Madison and East Washington offices. PHMDC also maintains a list of Dane County testing providers. Additionally, you can find a database of testing locations through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. If you are experiencing symptoms and need to get tested, you may also contact your healthcare provider.

Getting your test results and what to do if you test positive

If you test positive for COVID-19, whether you are unvaccinated or vaccinated, you should isolate yourself immediately so you don’t spread the virus that causes it to others. If you are unvaccinated and have been exposed to COVID-19 due to close contact with someone infected with the virus, you should quarantine yourself immediately. Vaccinated people are not required to quarantine but should monitor for symptoms and get tested 3–5 days after your most recent exposure.

Test results can be found in the MyUHS app or on the MyUHS web portal. Most results will be available within 24 hours, but some may take up to 72.

Students living in residence halls who receive a positive test are required to isolate for 10 days in designated spaces provided by UW Housing. Faculty, staff and students who live off-campus or choose to isolate in an off-campus location should also isolate for 10 days.

You may be contacted by a contact tracer following a positive COVID-19 test or if you may have been exposed to the virus. The contact tracer will interview you to attempt to identify all recent contacts as well as recommend testing, quarantine or isolation, treatment or other measures.

If you are experiencing symptoms and want to contact a health care professional, UW–Madison students can call UHS at 608-265-5600. Faculty, staff and employees should contact their medical provider.

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Employees

You must isolate yourself as best as possible from others, including those you live with, to protect the health of others while you recover.

Do not go to work. If you are at work when you receive your positive COVID-19 test result, go home or seek a safe and isolated place to stay. If you are home or in a safe and isolated place, stay there. Do not go into the workplace or attend other activities in person.

Tell your supervisor or Divisional Disability Representative that you will not be able to work on site. They will help you explore remote work options if you feel well enough to work, or they will inform you of your leave options if you are too sick to work. See more leave options at hr.wisc.edu/covid19/leave/.

For more information for employees who test positive, visit hr.wisc.edu/covid19/.

Students living in University Housing

You must isolate yourself as best as possible from others, including those you live with, to protect the health of others while you recover.

UHS will notify University Housing of your positive COVID-19 test result. You will work with Isolation/Quarantine Housing, who will provide you with a safe and comfortable isolation space and help support you while you recover. You may call the number in your test result message to connect with a staff member. Some students may also choose to return home for the duration of their isolation.

You will need to be in isolation for at least 10 days, and until you are fever-free for at least 24 hours and your symptoms are improving. UHS will work with you to determine when your isolation period ends.

Notify your instructors that you will be unable to attend in-person classes for at least 10 days while you are in isolation and make alternative arrangements to complete your work. You should not attend class while in isolation. Doing so could lead to consequences according to the campus nonacademic misconduct policy.  Nonacademic misconduct incidents should be reported to staff members in the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards and/or University Housing using the nonacademic misconduct incident report form.

If you work, notify your supervisors that you will be unable to work on site for at least 10 days while you are in isolation.

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.

More information can be found on COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation page for UW Housing at covid19.housing.wisc.edu. 

Students living off campus

You must isolate yourself as best as possible from others, including those you live with, to protect the health of others while you recover. Find more information on how to isolate on Public Health Madison and Dane County’s website. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides recommendations for quarantining and isolating when you live with other people.

You may leave isolation 10 days after your positive test if you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours and your symptoms are improving. Do not attend classes, work, or other activities in person while in isolation. Doing so could lead to consequences according to the campus nonacademic misconduct policy.  Nonacademic misconduct incidents should be reported to staff members in the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards and/or University Housing using the nonacademic misconduct incident report form.

Notify your instructors that you will be unable to attend in-person classes for at least 10 days while you are in isolation. Your instructor will work with you to provide alternative ways to complete your work.

If you work, notify your supervisors that you will be unable to work on site for at least 10 days while you are in isolation.