COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Testing and Reporting

UWM provides antigen and PCR testing to students on its Milwaukee campus. The antigen testing program that launched in September tests all students living in residence halls regardless of whether they have symptoms or think they have been exposed to COVID-19. Antigen testing is optional for students who live off campus and do not have COVID-19 symptoms. PCR testing has been available to students with symptoms since March at Norris Health Center.

Both antigen and PCR tests are done with nasal swabs. Antigen tests, which are relatively fast and inexpensive, look for proteins from the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. PCR tests, which are more accurate but may take longer to process, look for genetic material from that virus.

Students at UWM’s Waukesha and Washington County campuses who have COVID-19 symptoms can get take-home PCR tests from the campuses’ Solutions Centers.

Faculty and staff at all three campuses should contact their primary care physicians or go to a public health or community testing site if they need a test.

UWM began routine, required antigen testing for COVID-19 for some employees in October. These are employees who interact often with students, are involved in the operation of critical UWM infrastructure or are a part of delivering services that have been determined to require testing.

All students, faculty and staff are expected to report positive COVID-19 tests or diagnoses based on symptoms to UWM. This includes students and employees studying and working remotely. Students can self-report using this form. Employees should report positive COVID-19 tests or diagnoses based on symptoms to their supervisor.

Below is a summary of COVID-19 cases. UWM’s dashboard is updated each weekday. Antigen tests provide same-day results, and positive tests are posted for that day. The results of PCR tests may take several days; when those results arrive, they are posted for the day the test was administered, not the day the result was received. Self-reports of positive tests and COVID-19 diagnoses are posted for the day the self-report was made.

  Students Faculty/Staff
  Milwaukee1 Washington County2 Waukesha2 All Campuses3
This week
Total recorded
1Includes self-reports from students and positive tests done at UWM testing sites.
2Based on students’ self-reports.
3Based on employees’ self-reports.

Students – Milwaukee Campus

Includes self-reports from students and positive tests done at UWM testing sites.

Testing & Case Breakdown – Milwaukee Campus

As much as possible, duplicates have been removed so that a student who had a positive test and self-reported, or a student who had both an antigen and a PCR test, is only counted once in the total. Cases are considered active for 10 days after the onset of symptoms or a positive test.

Students – Waukesha Campus

Based on students’ self-reports and take-home PCR tests.

Students – Washington County Campus

Based on students’ self-reports and take-home PCR tests.

Faculty and Staff

Based on employees’ self-reports and antigen tests.

County Level COVID-19 Data