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Campus COVID-19 Update: Masking order, preparations for spring semester; upgraded masks available

January 7, 2022

Campus leaders are taking several actions to provide students the best possible educational experience, fulfill our research and service missions and look out for the health and safety of our community. We are closely monitoring the public health situation and consulting with medical experts as we work on plans to continue in-person instruction, events and other activities for the spring semester beginning Jan. 25.

From PHMDC: What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

January 6, 2022

Due to the highly infectious omicron variant, an unprecedented number of new cases are being confirmed every day in Dane County right now. PHMDC shares some guidance for what to do if you test positive.

Campus COVID update: Reminder on childcare flexibilities

December 31, 2021

Read this message in: Español Hmoob བོད་སྐད Tibetan 中文 Chinese नेपाली Nepali To our UW–Madison employees, Yesterday, Dec. 30, Madison…

New CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine

December 29, 2021

New guidance calls for those who test positive for COVID-19 to isolate at home for at least 5 days and wear a mask when around others for an additional 5 days.

Campus COVID update: Omicron increasing on and off campus; new guidance for testing

December 21, 2021

Read this message in: Español Hmoob བོད་སྐད Tibetan 中文 Chinese नेपाली Nepali   Dear students, staff and faculty, We’re reaching…

State, county and campus urge precautions as omicron fuels rise in COVID-19 cases

December 21, 2021

Anticipating a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, Dane County has extended its masking order to Feb. 1 and the state of Wisconsin issued a public health advisory calling on people to take precautions. Campus leaders continue to monitor the situation and are taking all of these developments into account.

Public Health blog: Omicron in Dane County

December 17, 2021

The appearance of omicron means people should pay more attention to COVID-19 and get vaccinated/boosted, but not panic, according to Public Health Madison & Dane County.

Pandemic-Affected Research Continuation Initiative funds 50 new proposals

December 16, 2021

PARCI provides support through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for research projects that had to spend down grants during the pandemic even though the research activities themselves were stalled.

Campus COVID update: Looking ahead to spring semester

December 15, 2021

This message shares some important reminders as well as additional information about how the university plans to operate in the spring. As always, we will continue to evaluate our plans and policies as new information and public health guidance emerges.

Dane County extends face mask order until Jan. 3

November 23, 2021

Students, faculty and staff are reminded that both UW–Madison and Dane County have extended masking requirements into January. Public Health Madison & Dane County announced…

Campus COVID update: Get ready for Thanksgiving recess

November 17, 2021

Get the latest travel safety information and an update on the campus masking requirement.

UW–Madison responds to federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate

November 11, 2021

To comply with the broad scope of the order, all employees (not only those who directly work on federal contracts) must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious accommodation exempting them from the requirement by Jan. 4, 2022. This includes student hourly employees.

COVID questions: Thanksgiving; boosters

November 9, 2021

This ongoing series answers questions about COVID-19 and the pandemic. Today: Should we feel OK traveling for the holiday? Is it safe to mix the vaccines?

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine pediatric clinical trial to focus on ages 6 months to 5 years

November 8, 2021

“This is the final frontier. Our very youngest children need to get the vaccine and we need to make sure they are safe,” says Bill Hartman, co-principal investigator of the KidCOVE clinical trial at UW–Madison.

Changes to campus COVID-19 testing availability

November 3, 2021

COVID-19 testing availability on campus is changing – please review the changes and keep them in mind if you need to schedule a testing appointment.

Update on COVID-19 booster shots

October 21, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized booster shots for people ages 18 and over who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and for some at risk populations who received the Moderna vaccine. If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends it, these boosters will be available soon, including on campus through University Health Services.

Dane County extends face mask order to Nov. 5

October 4, 2021

Public Health Madison & Dane County has extended to Nov. 5 an emergency order requiring that everyone age 2 and older wear a face covering or mask when in any enclosed building. UW–Madison's own mask order remains in effect on campus.

COVID-19 booster shots now available

September 30, 2021

University Health Services (UHS) is now providing a booster, or third shot, of the Pfizer vaccine to students and employees. To make an appointment, use the MyUHS app or web portal. You may also seek appointments off campus including through a health care provider and local pharmacies.

Sept. 23 employee message: Is it COVID-19 or a cold?

September 23, 2021

Chances are you or someone you know has had a cough, runny nose or other symptoms recently and wondered, is it COVID-19? The answer: not necessarily. Fall is when many kinds of respiratory viruses are active. But don’t let your guard down.

Sept. 16 employee message: Updates on close contacts, testing and more

September 16, 2021

As expected, campus is seeing a rise in cases, which is likely to continue over the next couple of weeks. The precautions we are all taking on campus – such as getting vaccinated, masking indoors and staying home if sick – remain the appropriate response to protect yourself.