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Caution urged around holiday travel, return to campus

November 23, 2020

Updated: Monday, Nov. 30

With COVID-19 cases rising locally and nationally, UW–Madison employees should be aware of the most recent public health guidance.

If you traveled for Thanksgiving recess, employees working on campus are encouraged to schedule a COVID-19 test before returning to work. You should plan to limit your contact with others until you know your test results are negative.

Everyone who traveled should assume that they have come in contact with the virus. Remember that receiving a negative test immediately after traveling or attending a gathering is not an “all-clear.”  

Free testing, by appointment, is available on campus at the Kohl Center (both rapid antigen and PCR testing), 21 North Park Street (PCR testing), and the Porter Boathouse (PCR testing). Family members can utilize community testing located at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Details about the different tests, testing locations, and scheduling an appointment can be found here. Be sure to plan ahead, including checking all testing locations and hours, as appointments are filling up quickly. Community options are also available.

Telecommuting and events policies

As a reminder, following Thanksgiving Recess there is no change to the campus COVID-19 remote work and telecommuting guidance. It’s expected that most employees will continue to work in the same manner they have throughout the fall, until notified otherwise. Employees who have questions should talk with their supervisors and HR representative.

UW-Madison also recommends that events and meetings continue to be held virtually if possible. Any in-person events must follow campus policy for schools, colleges, and divisions.