Dashboard

Data updated daily. Last updated September 30, 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.

See additional notes about the data.

Briefing, September 30, 2020

Test results: There are 16 new positive tests reported from campus testing today, 15 students and 1 employee. Three students and no employees tested positive at off-campus testing sites. The percent positive rate for students tested on campus today is 0.8 percent. The 7-day percent positive rate for students tested on campus is 1.9 percent.

How to stay safe: All students and employees, including those who are studying or working off-campus, have access to free, on-campus COVID-19 testing sites. Instructions for signing up for a test can be found on the UHS website.

UHS also has information on signing up for a flu shot on campus, which is free with proof of insurance. Off campus, the vaccine is available through primary care providers and at many pharmacies, grocery stores and big box retailers. Find an option near you.

Getting a flu shot this season is important for limiting your risks of acquiring a second respiratory virus during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it does not protect against the virus that causes COVID-19, a flu shot can protect you from becoming sick with the flu or reduce the duration and severity of your symptoms if you are exposed. Health experts do not yet know the consequences of infection with both viruses. 

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 in recent 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 this week, all Housing residents are being 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, 47 students are in on-campus isolation and 26 are in Housing quarantine, in addition to those in fraternity and sorority chapter houses. 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.

Visit daily dashboard briefings archive.

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 Employees4013212000750594114125511423350103275315132203132237320820051991570201171793914121926982148478166149998349873816449220121182035147942012725240129023582199426710717621921882723921118961271507871545751645649554610367213136232127435165822871184551140197916

Percent Positive, Students

Percent Positive, Students7.17.10.000.04.42.71.37.50.002.50.50.00.91.61.201.91.30.61.62.31.51.03.13.84.36.16.37.721.720.212.89.87.87.59.08.02.87.36.55.24.25.733.32.02.62.91.32.33.10.00.87-day avg

Percent Positive, Employees

Percent Positive, Employees0.00.00.000.08.30.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.000.01.20.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.70.60.70.00.00.00.00.00.01.00.02.91.10.60.00.00.00.00.00.01.01.30.00.00.00.67-day avg

On-Campus Positive Test Percentage

2,047 positive
(4.6%)
42,451 negative
(95.4%)

Testing Results By Day

Date Students posi­tive (%) Total stu­dent tests Employ­ees posi­tive (%) Total employ­ee tests
Sep 29 15 (0.8%) 1,803 1 (0.6%) 176
Sep 28 0 (0.0%) 2 0 (0.0%) 2
Sep 27 11 (3.1%) 358 0 (0.0%) 97
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
Total2,031 (5%)40,38016 (0.4%)4,118

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 Day1100041130051023207917208751416268144810498342538379245118414726208725412909521961671976421881722211361276387257516641146103161310322635522181881111071637-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
2932
Employees
55
Total
2987

Total Positive Tests by
Location Where Test Was Done

To date, 2,047 positive tests have come from on-campus testing and 940 have come from off-campus testing.

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.