How is UWM testing students and employees for COVID-19?

October 6, 2020

All students living in UWM residence halls must have regular antigen tests as part of the campus’ effort to manage infections through early detection, contact tracing and quarantine. The goal is to test all students living on campus, even those without symptoms, at least every two weeks. A testing center opened in the UWM Student Union on Sept. 14 for this purpose. Testing hours for students living in UWM residence halls are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and they can make a testing appointment here.

Students who live off campus also can get an antigen test if they wish. Testing hours for them are 3 to 4:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Fridays. They also need to make an appointment.

Students at the Milwaukee campus who have COVID-19 symptoms or primary exposure should call Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716. The center will schedule a free PCR test for them.

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. Waukesha students should call 262-521-5040, and Washington County students should call 262-335-5201.

All students are asked to self-report their illness with the Dean of Students Office.

UWM has begun routine, required testing for COVID-19 for some employees. 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. The employees subject to testing have been notified by email.

All other employees should contact their primary care physicians or go to a public health/community testing site. For more information on COVID-19 testing and community testing sites, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.

A dashboard for tracking positive cases at UWM can be found here.

See also: Video tour of UWM testing center in UWM Student Union