University of Wisconsin–Madison

COVID-19 Weekly Update #14

We are beginning to see a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus and in the greater Madison area as highly contagious variants of the virus spread widely in the community. We need to act now to control the spread in order to ensure that everyone remains healthy through finals, Commencement and the transition to summer.

The COVID-19 variants spread more easily and quickly. Some universities have imposed lockdowns in response. If all of us take strong precautions now, we can avoid disruptions to these final weeks of the semester and our plans for an in-person Commencement.

The good news is we know what works:

  • Continue testing regularly on campus
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, take it seriously – Get tested as soon as possible and follow the guidelines for isolation or quarantine.
  • Wear a face covering when you’re around anyone other than your roommates/housemates, indoors and outdoors.
  • Be smart about socializing – In-person gatherings are still risky; socialize virtually as much as possible and lower the risk of in-person gatherings by keeping them small, outdoors and masked.
  • Practice physical distancing and frequent hand washing/sanitizing.
  • Get vaccinated – Vaccines are highly effective at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the severity of the illness in those who do become infected. Everyone age 16 and over who lives, works or studies in Wisconsin is now eligible. Learn how to get an appointment.

We’ve seen the powerful impact Badgers can have when we all work together for the health or our community. Step up and let’s make sure we finish strong!

Jake Baggott
Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director, University Health Services

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