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Category COVID-19 campus response

Health care workers appeal to people of Wisconsin for help

November 22, 2020

Hundreds of UW Health workers call on the people of Wisconsin to take precautions against COVID-19 to avoid overwhelming hospitals.

Students: Updates on gathering limits and testing availability

November 20, 2020

The following message was sent to all students on Nov. 20. The number of COVID-19 infections continues to rapidly increase in Wisconsin and Dane County.

Banking on patient samples to advance COVID-19 research

November 20, 2020

In the spring of 2020, when UW–Madison instruction moved online and most research became remote, efforts picked up at the UW Carbone Cancer Center Translational Science Biocore BioBank.

UW-Madison adds second surge testing site at Kohl Center for students and employees

November 17, 2020

The rapid antigen tests complement PCR tests currently available for students and employees through University Health Services (UHS) as positive COVID-19 rates continue to rise in Dane County and across the state. 

New Public Health Order Prohibits Off-Campus Indoor Gatherings, Limits Outdoor Gatherings to 10 People

November 17, 2020

In response to a substantial, sustained growth in new COVID-19 infections throughout Dane County, Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing Emergency Order #10 which prohibits indoor gatherings of any size. Outdoor gatherings are permitted with 10 people or less, with physical distancing. The order goes into effect on November 18, 2020 at 12:01am.

Employee responses to survey will inform spring COVID-19 testing program

November 17, 2020

The answers will help UW–Madison’s public health team decide where to establish campus COVID-19 testing sites in the spring, as well as the days and hours of operation.

Quick, routine coronavirus testing reassures both campus and volunteers

November 16, 2020

Unlike other testing on campus, which is more likely to attract people who are sick or who believe they’ve been exposed to COVID-19, Jon Temte’s program constantly re-tests a stable population of volunteers — even when they feel fine.

Students: Prepare now for Thanksgiving recess and winter break

November 16, 2020

With COVID-19 cases rising locally and nationally, we encourage all students who can travel home safely for Thanksgiving recess to do so and stay there until the start of spring semester. You can find detailed information about travel during Thanksgiving on the UHS website.

Baggott: UW employees encouraged to prepare for Thanksgiving recess

November 11, 2020

The following message was sent to all UW–Madison employees on Nov. 11. Read this news release in: Español Hmoob བོད་སྐད…

Update for Wisconsin basketball and hockey home games

November 11, 2020

Games will be played this season without fans in the stands for an indefinite period of time.

Message to students about COVID-19 increase on campus

November 11, 2020

UHS Executive Director Jake Baggott shares important guidance to students about the rise in cases on and off campus.

UW–Madison offers surge testing to community amid rise in cases

November 11, 2020

UW-Madison will offer free COVID-19 testing to area residents, ages five years and older, beginning Thursday, Nov. 12. This testing is for members of the public and participants do not need to be a UW–Madison student or employee.

UW–Madison to expand COVID-19 testing in spring

November 5, 2020

To accommodate more regular and frequent COVID-19 testing of all students and employees on campus in the spring semester, UW–Madison will partner with Shield T3, a subsidiary of the University of Illinois System.

Baggott: Campus COVID-19 update for employees

October 29, 2020

The message below was sent to all employees on Oct. 29.  Español Hmoob བོད་སྐད Tibetan 中文 Chinese नेपाली Nepali  …

Chancellor Blank: Campus budget and furlough update

October 26, 2020

This message, sent from Chancellor Rebecca Blank to all employees on Oct. 26, is in the process of being translated into multiple languages.  Español…

Message to students: Have fun, stay safe this weekend

October 22, 2020

As Badger football returns Oct. 23, it's critical to stay home and watch the game with your roommates or housemates to avoid spreading COVID-19.

Increased testing planned for all students on campus for spring semester

October 21, 2020

Beginning with the start of the spring semester, UW–Madison will expand its systematic testing program to ensure that all students who live on campus, attend classes or utilize campus spaces will be tested twice each week. Regular testing will be required for employees working on campus as well.

October survey seeks employee input in spring plans

October 15, 2020

The survey asks how the university can support faculty and staff, whether they are already working on-site or will be at some future time. The survey also requests input on improvements in the campus response to COVID-19.

University Housing: Thanksgiving and end of semester planning

October 13, 2020

We will be asking you in early November to state your plans for Thanksgiving and the end of the semester through our My UW Housing portal. If you leave Madison for Thanksgiving and choose to return to finish the semester, you will return to your weekly testing schedule. If you are returning from out of town, you may be asked to take a test before your usual scheduled time. Please self-isolate post-Thanksgiving until you have a confirmed negative test.

Reesor: Planning for Thanksgiving and beyond

October 12, 2020

The following message was sent to UW–Madison undergraduate students by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor. Separate guidance will be shared with graduate students.