0.1% COVID positivity rate during final week of mandatory testing at UW-Madison

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MADISON, Wis. — Spring semester has come to an end, which means students at UW-Madison are moving out of residence halls and signing off the Safer Badger app.

According to the university’s most recent data, more than 17,000 students and staff were tested for COVID-19 from April 29 to May 6. Only 18 of them tested positive, compared to 52 people the week before.

In September toward the beginning of the school year, the university had a 7-day positivity rate of more than 8%, forcing many undergraduate students in campus residence halls to quarantine.

But, as of last week, data shows zero students in campus housing are ending the year in quarantine facilities.

In January, the university developed the ‘Safer Badger App’ to monitor positive COVID-19 cases among the campus population. The app served as a mobile key, providing access into buildings. Students and staff were required to remain in compliance with an updated COVID test every 72 hours.

Starting Monday, people remaining on campus will only be required to get tested once a week. Additionally, proof of a recent negative test will only be necessary to enter specific buildings.

As of this week, 68% of employees and at least 39% of students are fully vaccinated against the virus. The university predicts as the student population changes during the summer, the number of fully vaccinated students will fluctuate.

The university has seen a decrease in cases on campus and an increase in vaccinations; however, public health guidelines will remain in place.

In the meantime, university officials are asking people to continue wearing masks, social distancing and limiting large gatherings.