Dashboard

Data updated daily. Last updated September 27, 2020.

This dashboard provides information to the campus community and the public about the results of COVID-19 tests among current UW–Madison faculty, staff and students. UW–Madison will not disclose names or other information that could potentially identify a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone who tests positive is directed to self-isolate and seek appropriate medical care. Contact tracers from University Health Services and Public Health Madison & Dane County will notify anyone believed to have been in close contact (more than 15 minutes within 6 feet) with someone who has tested positive. If you are contacted by UHS or PHMDC, please respond immediately to receive important health information.

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Briefing, September 27, 2020

Test results: There are 18 new positive tests reported from campus testing today, all students. Seven students and 1 employee tested positive at off-campus testing sites. The percent positive rate for students tested on campus today is 1.3 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 3.1 percent.

Campus status: UW–Madison has resumed some in-person activities, including limited in-person instruction and some operations in the Unions, Dining, Badger Markets, Recreation and Wellbeing, and Libraries. The number of positive cases has declined over the past two weeks and we have seen a reduced positivity rate in campus testing. However, we must continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include monitoring symptoms daily, using a face covering, practicing physical distancing, and limiting gatherings.

Housing: No residence halls are under quarantine at this time. Starting the week of September 28, all Housing residents will be tested weekly. Housing residents have received additional information, including requirements and expectations to protect the health of the community.

Testing and health: Since early September, we have doubled the number of campus contact tracers. Students and employees are expected to respond to contact tracers or face disciplinary actions. All university members are expected to adhere to all public health protocols.

Testing appointments: Testing appointments remain available Monday through Friday and new appointments are released daily. Individuals should check all campus testing locations in the MyUHS portal to find the earliest possible appointment.

Isolation and quarantine: As of this morning, 144 students are in on-campus isolation and 78 are in Housing quarantine, in addition to those in fraternity and sorority chapter houses. This is a large reduction in the numbers we reported in recent days due to a delay in transferring data from the system used for releases, which had recorded several days of releases of 50-to-75 students. The data was transferred in batch yesterday. Read more about quarantine, isolation and testing follow-up procedures.

Hospitalizations: We are not aware of any students or employees hospitalized with COVID-19 at this time. Students and employees are not required to disclose if they are hospitalized, or to provide updates on their condition, but we will report any hospitalizations we are aware of on this dashboard.

COVID-19 in our community: Public Health Madison & Dane County is monitoring whether campus cases have spread into the community and at this time, there is not strong evidence to suggest it has. Cases associated with UW–Madison have significantly decreased the past two weeks, while cases not associated with the university have significantly increased in Dane County.

How to stay safe: Looking for something fun to do this weekend while staying safe? Rec Well’s 6th annual Light of the Moon 5K is virtual this year and goes until September 27. You pick the route and time you want to run. Submit your time or a photo of you running, and you’ll be entered to win prizes. Here are other campus events planned for the weekend. As always, please remember to wear your mask and maintain physical distance from others.

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On-Campus Testing

This section presents detailed data about our on-campus testing program, administered by University Health Services. It does not include off-campus testing data provided by Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC).

For testing information about all university members, including data from those tested off-campus and shared with us by PHMDC, visit this section below: On- and Off-Campus Testing.

Total Tests and Positive Tests by Day

Total Tests and Positives by Day, Students and Employees401321200075059411412551142335010327531513220313223732082005199157020117179391412192698214847816614999834987381644922012118203514794201272524012902358219942671071762192188272392111896127150787154575164564955461036721313623212743516582287118

Percent Positive, Students

Percent Positive, Students7.17.10.000.04.42.71.37.50.002.50.50.00.91.61.201.91.30.61.62.31.51.03.13.84.36.16.37.721.720.212.89.87.87.59.08.02.87.36.55.24.25.733.32.02.62.91.32.37-day avg

Percent Positive, Employees

Percent Positive, Employees0.00.00.000.08.30.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.000.01.20.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.70.60.70.00.00.00.00.00.01.00.02.91.10.60.00.00.00.00.00.01.01.30.07-day avg

On-Campus Positive Test Percentage

2,020 positive
(4.8%)
40,040 negative
(95.2%)

Testing Results By Day

Date Students posi­tive (%) Total stu­dent tests Employ­ees posi­tive (%) Total employ­ee tests
Sep 26 18 (2.3%) 790 0 (0.0%) 81
Sep 25 20 (1.3%) 1,504 2 (1.3%) 154
Sep 24 34 (2.9%) 1,174 1 (1.0%) 100
Sep 23 32 (2.6%) 1,247 0 (0.0%) 115
Sep 22 13 (2.0%) 639 0 (0.0%) 33
Sep 21 3 (33.3%) 9 0 (0.0%) 1
Sep 20 46 (5.7%) 805 0 (0.0%) 150
Sep 19 64 (4.2%) 1,539 0 (0.0%) 106
Sep 18 75 (5.2%) 1,434 0 (0.0%) 111
Sep 17 86 (6.5%) 1,333 1 (0.6%) 174
Sep 16 125 (7.3%) 1,712 2 (1.1%) 184
Sep 15 10 (2.8%) 357 1 (2.9%) 35
Sep 14 2 (8.0%) 25 0 (0.0%) 2
Sep 13 187 (9.0%) 2,087 1 (1.0%) 105
Sep 12 76 (7.5%) 1,013 0 (0.0%) 58
Sep 11 67 (7.8%) 859 0 (0.0%) 83
Sep 10 219 (9.8%) 2,245 0 (0.0%) 113
Sep 9 290 (12.8%) 2,268 0 (0.0%) 133
Sep 8 25 (20.2%) 124 0 (0.0%) 3
Sep 7 20 (21.7%) 92 0 (0.0%) 2
Sep 6 146 (7.7%) 1,896 1 (0.7%) 139
Sep 5 117 (6.3%) 1,850 1 (0.6%) 162
Sep 4 91 (6.1%) 1,498 1 (0.7%) 146
Sep 3 38 (4.3%) 879 0 (0.0%) 108
Sep 2 34 (3.8%) 907 0 (0.0%) 91
Sep 1 49 (3.1%) 1,591 0 (0.0%) 70
Aug 31 8 (1.0%) 841 0 (0.0%) 6
Aug 30 14 (1.5%) 930 0 (0.0%) 52
Aug 29 26 (2.3%) 1,151 0 (0.0%) 68
Aug 28 14 (1.6%) 878 0 (0.0%) 61
Aug 27 7 (0.6%) 1,133 0 (0.0%) 38
Aug 26 19 (1.3%) 1,489 1 (1.2%) 81
Aug 25 9 (1.9%) 475 0 (0.0%) 44
Aug 24 0 (0%) 0 0 (0%) 0
Aug 23 2 (1.2%) 171 0 (0.0%) 37
Aug 22 3 (1.6%) 186 0 (0.0%) 51
Aug 21 2 (0.9%) 234 0 (0.0%) 79
Aug 20 0 (0.0%) 193 0 (0.0%) 129
Aug 19 1 (0.5%) 192 0 (0.0%) 123
Aug 18 5 (2.5%) 201 0 (0.0%) 126
Aug 17 0 (0%) 0 0 (0.0%) 1
Aug 16 0 (0.0%) 8 0 (0.0%) 27
Aug 15 3 (7.5%) 40 0 (0.0%) 102
Aug 14 1 (1.3%) 80 0 (0.0%) 175
Aug 13 1 (2.7%) 37 0 (0.0%) 77
Aug 12 1 (4.4%) 23 3 (8.3%) 36
Aug 11 0 (0.0%) 49 0 (0.0%) 26
Aug 10 0 (0%) 0 0 (0%) 0
Aug 9 0 (0.0%) 1 0 (0.0%) 1
Aug 8 1 (7.1%) 14 0 (0.0%) 18
Aug 7 1 (7.1%) 14 0 (0.0%) 26
Total2,005 (5.2%)38,21715 (0.4%)3,843

On- and Off-Campus Testing

The charts below include positive test results from on-campus testing, which began August 6, and from off-campus testing shared with us by Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). Counts for a specific date reflect the date those test results came to us. The summary PHMDC data dates back to July 28; daily PHMDC counts date back to August 23.

PHMDC collects information on UW affiliation only for individuals who test positive. Therefore, the total number of tests and the percentage of tests that are positive for university employees and students tested off campus are not available.

New Positive Tests Reported By Day

New Positive Tests Reported By Day1100041130051023207917208751416268144810498342538379245118414726208725412909521961671976421881722211361276387257516641146103161310322635522181887-day avg Begin PHMDC data

Summary Data

The charts below include positive test results from on-campus testing, which began August 6, and from off-campus testing shared with us by Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). Counts for a specific date reflect the date those test results came to us. The summary PHMDC data dates back to July 28; daily PHMDC counts date back to August 23.

Total Positive Tests To Date

Students
2886
Employees
53
Total
2939

Total Positive Tests by
Location Where Test Was Done

Data Notes

About the Data

  • This dashboard features data from testing performed on and off campus of current students and employees. Public Health Madison & Dane County collects information on UW affiliation only for individuals who test positive. Therefore, the total number of tests and the percentage of tests that are positive for university employees and students tested off campus are not available.
  • Positive test counts reported by UW–Madison and PHMDC may initially differ due to differences in the timing of reporting and the need to determine UW affiliation for those tested off campus.
  • Positive tests are reported on the day we received the results. Data are updated by 2 p.m. daily.
  • Campus testing is performed Monday through Friday. The daily number of test results will fluctuate throughout the week and will be lower early in the week.
  • Data from a previous day may change if additional information becomes available.
  • “Students” includes all currently enrolled students: undergraduate, graduate/professional and special students.
  • “Employees” includes all currently employed faculty and staff. It does not include student and graduate employees; they are counted under students.
  • This dashboard does not distinguish between students living on or off campus. The location where testing was performed does not correspond to the on- or off-campus status of a student or employee.
  • The 7-day average of positive cases is the number of cases over the past 7 days divided by 7. The 7-day average percent positive is the number of positive test results over the past 7 days divided by the total number of tests done over the past 7 days.
  • On September 3, 2020, the dashboard was updated to better integrate daily data provided to us by PHMDC. Specifically, this data is presented in the chart title New Positive Tests Reported By Day.
  • On September 16, the dashboard was updated to more accurately represent employee or student status and to exclude patients with a previous positive test through UHS within the past 90 days, because people may test positive up to 90 days after their initial positive test.
  • Questions? Email smartrestart@vc.wisc.edu

Notable events

August 6, 2020: First campus testing site opens on Henry Mall

August 25, 2020: Additional sites open at Ogg Hall and Frank Holt Center.

August 25-31, 2020: Students move into campus residence halls

September 2, 2020: First day of classes

September 7, 2020: Undergraduates directed to restrict movements through September 21

September 9, 2020: In-person classes paused from September 10–25.

Campus COVID-19 testing info

Smart Restart Testing Plan
Our three-part strategy for campus COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing for students and employees
Accessing testing and what do if you test positive or have had contact with someone who has

Accessibility Statement

UW-Madison is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive digital campus. The COVID-19 dashboard provides data to guide decisions for public health. If you encounter an accessibility barrier or to request an accommodation, please email web@umark.wisc.edu.