As of August 2022, COVID-19 monitoring on the Whitewater and Rock County campuses of UW-Whitewater has transitioned from the Emergency Operations Center to a Campus Health Advisory Group with representation from University Health and Counseling Services, Academic Affairs, Residence Life, University Police, and University Marketing and Communications, in continued consultation with our three county health departments. If COVID-19 conditions on campus or in the community warrant it, the EOC may be established again.
UW-Whitewater encourages you to stay up-to-date on your vaccinations, wear a mask if you choose and stay healthy in general.
COVID-19 vaccines and testing
- Safe, effective vaccines (and booster doses) are available for free. See “COVID-19 Resources” below.
- UW-Whitewater students, faculty and staff can pick up a free COVID-19 home testing kit at UHCS. Rock County campus students, faculty and staff can also pick up a free COVID-19 home testing kit at the Warhawk Solution Center. Mass testing is no longer available on campus. Testing at UHCS is only available for students with symptoms who require to be seen by a provider. See “COVID-19 Resources” below for other testing resources.
As we all do our part to stay well and healthy, Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services has expanded access to free COVID-19 tests through the Say Yes! COVID Test program. Up to five rapid antigen tests may be requested at no cost and should arrive in 1-2 weeks. Students living in the residence halls are eligible if you format your address with a secondary line. If you are not sure of your exact hall address, please check at your front desk.
For example, a resident of Goodhue would enter their address as:
790 W. Starin Rd
Goodhue Room 123
Whitewater, WI 53190
If you test positive or are exposed to someone who tests positive
- If you need information on what to do if you test positive or are exposed to someone positive, please visit the CDC quarantine/isolation calculator. After you answer a series of questions, this calculator will describe your next steps.
- If you are advised to isolate and you live on campus, it is preferable that you isolate at home. If you are unable to do so, please contact the COVID-19 hotline at 262-472-1362 or email email@example.com and isolate in place.
- You aren’t required to report your positive status to the COVID-19 hotline, but it is your responsibility to communicate with all relevant individuals, including your instructors, work supervisor or coach.
- There is no university-wide mandate. Please be respectful of people’s individual choices to wear or not wear a face covering. Masks continue to be a good tool for protecting ourselves and others, and the CDC advises that everyone wear masks for 10 days after a positive test or after exposure, regardless of vaccination status.
- Clinical areas such as University Health and Counseling Services, the Communication Sciences and Disorders clinic, and the Children’s Center may still require masking.
The COVID-19 hotline is available at 262-472-1362 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to address any questions related to COVID-19.