Faculty and staff coming to campus at least one day per week during the Spring 2021 semester must be tested every other week for COVID-19. This requirement applies to employees at all three UWM campuses starting Jan. 19, 2021, and employees who fall under this requirement must complete an updated attestation that they understand UWM’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Employees who are not required to get tested may register for a test on their campus if they wish.
See below for information on testing at your campus.
Employees with COVID-19 symptoms should contact their personal health provider for a test. The Milwaukee campus testing facility is not intended for employees with symptoms.
Employees without symptoms can get rapid-results antigen tests in the UWM Student Union Ballroom from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They must complete a screening form before going to the testing site. At the bottom of the screening form, there is a link to make an appointment. Health officials recommended completing the screening form no more than 48 hours before being tested.
Once tested, employees should remain in the waiting area and within about 15 minutes, they will be verbally told their results. Those who test positive or who have symptoms but test negative should get a confirmatory PCR test. They can get this through their personal health care provider or, beginning Feb. 2, will be offered a free LetsGetChecked kit when they receive their antigen test results to take home and administer a PCR test themselves. It’s recommended that this be done the same day.
Employees who have a positive PCR test result, or who have a positive antigen test result and choose not to get a confirmatory PCR test, must proceed as if positive and report their case as outlined below.
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.
Waukesha and Washington County
Rapid-results antigen testing for employees is available at the UWM at Waukesha Field House and UWM at Washington County gymnasium on a rotating schedule. Employees must make an appointment at www.doineedacovid19test.com. Those with symptoms should get tested as soon as possible; if a campus appointment isn’t immediately available, they should go to a community testing site or see their personal health care provider.
Testing for community members, including employees’ families, has ended at the Milwaukee and Waukesha campuses. Community members can get tested one day per week at UWM at Washington County, starting Wednesday, Feb. 10. Free tests also are available at community sites in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Washington counties.
Once registered for a test on campus, employees will go to the testing site, show their UWM ID, self-administer the test under the supervision of medical professionals and wait about 15 minutes to retrieve their results by logging into the same website on their smartphone.
Confirmatory PCR tests will be provided to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms but tests negative, and anyone who doesn’t have symptoms but tests positive.
Due to their work schedules, some employees who meet the testing requirements may find it more convenient to be tested at a community site or with their health care provider. Employees may request an exception to be tested off-campus and submit their test results. The COVID-19 Testing Exception Request Form and related forms also can be found on Human Resources’ COVID-19 website.
COVID-19 Reporting Requirement
All employees who test positive or are diagnosed with COVID-19 based on symptoms must self-report their illness.
Resuming Testing After Testing Positive
Employees who receive a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 do not have to be tested again for 90 days because research shows reinfection is uncommon during that time and a positive test is more likely to represent pieces of the virus still in their system than a new infection. Anyone who tests positive again after 90 days must isolate for another 10-day period.
Employees who receive a positive antigen test result for COVID-19 but do not get a confirmatory PCR test must continue to be tested because antigen results are considered probable, not confirmed.
Employees who meet the testing requirements must continue to be tested even if they have received COVID-19 vaccination because it may be possible for people who have been vaccinated to carry the virus and spread it to others. This should not deter anyone from getting vaccinated to protect their own health. We will simply continue to take appropriate safety measures — including wearing masks, social distancing and getting tested — until everyone who wants to be vaccinated has had the opportunity.