Spring 2021 Testing

During the spring semester, campus will offer testing at 14 sites for students and employees, including two at Ogg and Holt exclusively for residence hall students.

Vaccination update: UW–Madison’s University Health Services is receiving vaccine as it becomes available and administering it to eligible employees and students following state and federal guidelines. In early 2021, vaccine supply will be limited so it may be many months before all members of the campus community are eligible for vaccination. Campus will continue to notify employees and students as they become eligible.

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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

During the spring semester, campus will offer testing at 14 sites for students and employees, including two at Ogg and Holt exclusively for residence hall students.

Last patient accepted 15 minutes prior to lunch and to close. Check the app for wait times and schedule changes. (Note: The Carson Gulley, Health Sciences Learning Center, and Helen C. White testing sites all closed permanently on April 2.)

Monday through Friday

  • 21 N. Park 7:30 to 11:30 am
    12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Dejope Hall 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
    2:30 to 5:30 pm
  • Grainger Hall 6:30 to 11:30 am
    12:30 to 2:30 pm
  • Holt Center 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm
    Housing students only
  • Kohl Center 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Mechanical Engineering 6:30 to 11:30 am
    12:30 to 2:30 pm
  • Nielsen Tennis Stadium 6:30 to 11:30 am
    12:30 to 4:30 pm
    5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Ogg Hall 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm
    Housing students only
  • Pyle Center 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
    2:30 to 5:30 pm
  • The Shell (Camp Randall Sports Center) 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Union South 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
    5:30 to 7:30 pm

Saturday

  • Kohl Center 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Nielsen Tennis Stadium 6:30 to 11:30 am
    12:30 to 2:30 pm
  • Pyle Center 7:30 to 11:30 am
    12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Union South 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm

Sunday

  • Kohl Center 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Nielsen Tennis Stadium 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm
  • Union South 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
    1:30 to 4:30 pm

Map key

  • Green map marker For Housing students
  • Blue map marker For all students/staff
Building Room Parking
(Lot links to accessible parking info)
Accessible site? Accessible via parking ramp? Testing site on main level?
21 N. Park1106Lot 29 (Validation available)YesYesYes
Dejope Hall1165Lot 37YesNoYes
Grainger Hall1266Lot 61YesNoYes
Holt Center
For Residence Hall residents only
L115Lot 35YesNoYes
Kohl CenterGate C — Main ConcourseLot 94NoNoYes
Mechanical Engineering1184Lot 14YesNoYes
Nielsen Tennis Stadium136Lot 82YesNoYes
Ogg Hall
For Residence Hall residents only
1315Lot 48YesNoYes
Pyle Center106Lot 101YesNoYes
The Shell (Camp Randall Sports Center)110Lot 18NoNoYes
Union South260BLot 80; ADA parking in Lot 113 (Validation available)YesNoYes

What to expect at your test

Before your test: Though it is a saliva-based test, you will not be “spitting” into a tube. Think of it more like dribbling or drooling. What the lab needs in order to successfully run your test is the liquid portion of your saliva. Your saliva must be clear and not discolored, free of food and mucus, and cannot contain residues such as those from brushing your teeth or smoking.

To ensure your saliva sample is not rejected, in the hour before your test:

  • Do not drink (including water)
  • Do not eat
  • Do not brush or floss your teeth, or use mouthwash
  • Do not chew gum or smoke

You may also want to rinse your mouth with water to remove any discoloration (such as from coffee) or small pieces of food. Be sure to do this at least one hour before your test.

The test requires between 1 and 1.5 milliliters of the liquid part of your saliva (no bubbles). Be careful not to submit too much saliva or your test may come back rejected.

Tips for producing enough drool:

  • Hydrate earlier in the day by drinking plenty of water up until one hour before your test.
  • Pool your drool underneath your tongue as you walk or drive to your test site.
  • Think about foods you really like to eat. Think about sour foods like lemons.
  • Slide the tip of your tongue along your gums behind your teeth to stimulate your salivary glands.

At your test

  1. You will be greeted at your test site and asked to show your app. The staff member will scan your Safer Badgers QR code. They will ask you whether you have had anything to eat or drink; brushed your teeth, used floss or mouthwash; chewed gum or smoked in the previous hour.
  2. The staff member will ask you to provide your month and date of birth to write it on your sample tube.
  3. You will be asked to sanitize your hands to reduce the chances you contaminate your sample.
  4. The staff member will hand you your sample tube and a small funnel and guide you to an individual saliva collection area.
  5. You should keep your face covering on until you are ready to begin adding your saliva to the tube. Pool your drool while you prepare.
  6. Before you begin to drool into the sample tube, unscrew the cap and secure the funnel to the top of the tube. Hold onto the cap.
  7. With the funnel near your mouth, drool into the tube. Try to produce as much liquid as you can. You will likely need to drool into the tube several times as you produce enough saliva. You should replace your face covering in between.
  8. Any bubbles in your saliva will collect in the funnel. Do not push the bubbles down.
  9. You will need to produce at least 1 milliliter of drool, but no more than 1.5 milliliters. The tube is marked. If you submit too much drool, let a member of the test site staff know. You may need to provide a new saliva sample.
  10. Once you have produced enough saliva, ask a member of the test site staff to check your sample to ensure it is not discolored and does not contain pieces of food or other contaminants. Otherwise, your test may come back invalid.
  11. Once the test site staff member approves your sample, you will be asked to go to the check-out table to submit it. The staff member will scan your Safer Badgers QR code. They will also scan the bar code on the tube containing your saliva sample.
  12. The test site staff member will provide instructions for leaving your sample. You will also be asked to use hand sanitizer again to ensure appropriate COVID-19 hand hygiene.
  13. Within 24 hours your test results should be available in the Safer Badgers app or through your MyUHS account.

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 24 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)