MADISON — With 115 students testing positive for COVID-19 within the last 24-hours, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is now asking students to limit contact and non-essential activities for health and safety reasons.
According to the press release, Blank is asking all undergraduate students to only leave their residence for the following:
- Participating in academic activities including classes, studying or research; in-person classes will continue and study spaces will remain open; there is no evidence of virus transmission in these activities
- Receiving a COVID-19 test or other medical care
- Purchasing food
- Going to your on- or off-campus job
- Engaging in an individual outdoor activity, such as running or walking
- Attending a religious observance
The university is taking the following actions to support this two-week effort (this is not an exhaustive list):
- All in-person social events are cancelled.
- All other student meetings, with the exception of in-person and hybrid classes, should be held online only
- All registered student organization (RSO) events will be online only
- All RecWell facilities will be closed during this time period
- Union dining facilities will be carry-out only
- No visitors will be allowed in the residence halls
The university released a statement yesterday saying the data “illustrates a worsening situation among the campus community.”
115 students tested positive yesterday. 40 of those are living on campus and 75 are living elsewhere.