Summer 2021 Testing

Campus continues to offer drop-in COVID-19 testing at several sites for students and employees. Please check your Safer Badgers app for locations. Read more about summer testing requirements.

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The Safer Badgers app is for the campus community to use to manage and track test results and gain access to campus spaces.

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Campus Testing Sites

Beginning Monday, May 10, only three sites will remain open for summer testing: the Kohl Center, the Pyle Center and Porter Boat House. Drop-in hours for all three will be Monday–Friday, 8:30 am to noon and 1 to 4:30 pm, with a lunch closure from noon to 1 pm. Porter Boat House will be limited to people in vehicles.

Monday through Friday

  • Kohl Center 8:30 am - noon
    1 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Porter Boat House 8:30 am - noon
    1 pm - 4:30 pm
    *limited to people in vehicles
  • Pyle Center 8:30 am - noon
    1 pm - 4:30 pm
Building Room Parking
(Lot links to accessible parking info)
Accessible site? Accessible via parking ramp? Testing site on main level?
Kohl CenterGate C — Main ConcourseLot 94NoNoYes
Porter Boat HouseMotorized-vehicle-based drive-up testing only. No bicycles or scooters permitted.Motorized-vehicle-based drive-up testing only. No bicycles or scooters permitted.YesNoYes
Pyle Center106Lot 101YesNoYes

Off-Campus Testing Sites

Effective June 26, 2021, the community testing and vaccination site at the Alliant Energy Center will be closed. Public Health Madison & Dane County will continue to provide testing at their South Madison and East Washington offices. If you are experiencing symptoms and need to get tested, you could also contact your healthcare provider.

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

If you test positive for COVID-19 you should isolate yourself immediately so you don’t spread the virus that causes it to others. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 due to close contact with someone infected with the virus, you should quarantine yourself immediately. You could become positive for the virus for up to 14 days after exposure.

Test results are expected to be available within 30 hours, often sooner, and will appear under the “Your Health History” section in the Safer Badgers app. To see your results, click on the “More info” drop down that corresponds to your most recent test event. You will also receive a push notification on your phone alerting you that you have a new message on the Safer Badgers app. You can also find more information and details about your test results, including next steps, by logging into your MyUHS account.

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

If you test positive for COVID-19, the app will note that you are in isolation and your access to campus buildings will be denied for that period. If you are not experiencing any symptoms within the last 24 hours of your isolation, you will be able to once again access campus buildings and will be exempt from testing for 90 days from the date of the positive test.

You will be contacted by a public health worker following a positive test for COVID-19 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, you may want to contact a health care professional. UW-Madison students should 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/emergency-leave.

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

Positive test reporting protocol for employees (pdf)

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. 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.

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. 

Positive test reporting protocol for students (pdf)

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 provide recommendations for quarantining and isolating when you live with other people.

Do not attend classes, work, or other activities in person. You may leave isolation 10 days after your symptoms started if you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours and your symptoms are improving. If you never develop symptoms, you can leave isolation 10 days after your positive test. 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. 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.

Positive test reporting protocol for students (pdf)