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Testing for all students before spring semester

This message is sent to all UW-Madison students who are currently enrolled. covers:

  • Test before returning to Dane County
  • Test as soon as you arrive on campus or in Dane County
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my dear students,

We hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable break. We are looking forward to the start of spring and want to provide an update on our COVID-19 guidelines for returning to campus.

Throughout the pandemic, Badgers have demonstrated a strong commitment to protecting their health and the health of friends, family, coaches and the broader community by taking steps proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and prevent serious illness. The guidelines below reflect this commitment in the current environment and aim to limit the spread of COVID-19 so that you can have the best learning experience possible.

first, We continue to strongly encourage all students to receive the booster vaccine As soon as they are able. Vaccines, including boosters, continue to provide the strongest possible protection against infections and serious diseases. Appointments can be scheduled on campus through the MyUHS app or web portal.

Second, although the omicron variant of COVID-19 so far causes less serious disease, especially for vaccinated and booster people, it is highly contagious. for this reason, If you are having symptoms OR recently tested positive and is still in your condition isolation periodYou must postpone your return to campus. This allows you to recover in your current location.

Third, as the number of COVID-19 cases rises nationwide, UW-Madison now expects that all students (undergraduate, graduate/professional and private) who have not had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days before coming to campus will be tested. We know you understand the importance of testing and will do your part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by getting tested.

We recommend at-home antigen testing, which provides faster results and can be more readily available than a PCR test. This type of test is useful for quickly diagnosing current infections and containing the spread of disease. People who test positive with a home antigen test can isolate them more quickly, and if they recommend they seek a second confirmatory test, as described below.

Below are instructions for testing before term begins, based on your current location and whether you live in residence halls or off-campus. In general, we require students to complete two exams, one before they return to Dane County and one after they arrive.

please note: If you have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days, you do not need to follow the test instructions below.

Test before returning to Dane County

Students living in dormitories: University housing will send a follow-up letter on January 14 with specific instructions.

Students who live off campus

Currently in the United States

Take an antigen test before returning to Dane County. (Students who are already in Dane County should follow the instructions below to take the test once they arrive on campus or in Dane County.)

If the result is positive, do not return to Madison or campus; Follow these instructions for insulation.

If it is negative:

If you do not have symptoms, Return as planned.

If you have symptoms, do not return to Madison or campus. Isolate and take another test to confirm your result. Use the PCR test immediately if available; Otherwise, use the antigen test 24 hours after the first test. If the second test is negative, return as planned. If the second test is positive, Don’t go back to Madison or campus; Follow these instructions for insulation.

If you are unable to take the test in your current location before traveling to Madison, take the test as soon as possible when you return to Madison.

Currently outside the United States

Follow the CDC’s international travel recommendations:

      • If you have provided or can provide evidence of a positive PCR test result within the past 90 days, you are not required to take the test.
      • Otherwise, take the test as required before leaving the country of origin. If the test result is positive, Postponing your travel And follow these instructions.
      • If you have not been fully vaccinated (completed primary vaccination series), Quarantine for 5 days after arrival.

Test as soon as you arrive on campus or in Dane County

In addition to auditioning before returning to Madison, Take another antigen test within 24 hours of your return. If you’re already in Dane County, get an antigen test done at least 24 hours before your next visit to campus (not counting the visit to pick up a test kit if needed, as described below).

Residential hall students They will get an antigen test in their room upon moving in. Follow the instructions you receive with the test.

Students who live off campus They will have access to a free home antigen test at no cost using a valid Wiscard. Pickup will be at Memorial Union and Union South, January 18 through January 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and additional opportunities will be available from January 22 through January 24. Check covidresponse.wisc.edu for updates.

If the result is positive, do not come to campus. Follow these instructions for insulation.

If it is negative:

      • If you do not have symptoms, Come to campus as planned.
      • If you have symptoms, don’t come to campus. Isolate and take another test to confirm your result. Use the PCR test immediately if available; Otherwise, use the antigen test 24 hours after the first test. If the second test is negative, go to campus as planned. If the second test is positive, Don’t come to campus; Follow these instructions for insulation.

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