College of General Studies campuses are open.
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Wisconsin will make COVID-19 vaccination available to everyone age 16 and older on April 5. At UWM, we strongly encourage faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated when they become eligible, as it is the best way to protect your health and help stop the pandemic. View all vaccination resources here and view our campus county resource information below:
Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department
Residents in Washington and Ozaukee counties who are eligible for vaccination are encouraged to sign up for the health department’s vaccination waitlist. Those who are eligible will then be contacted by phone or email to sign up for an appointment.
The public health department also has a COVID-19 hotline for all vaccine-related questions: (844) 684-1064.
Waukesha County Health Department
Residents in eligible groups in Waukesha County can sign up for the health department’s vaccination waitlist online or by calling the Waukesha County Vaccination Hotline at (262) 548-7626.
Those on the waitlist will be invited to register for appointments when they’re available. Residents also are encouraged to sign up for the county’s vaccination updates via email or by texting the word WAUKESHA to 22828.
If You Are Vaccinated
Please note that a testing exemption is available for students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated. Those who meet the testing criteria can request an exemption from the requirement by completing this form. Someone is considered to be fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their final vaccine dose. Visit this FAQ for more details about the testing exemption.
Rapid Results Testing Available
UWM and other UW System campuses are serving as locations for a federal “surge testing” effort aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.
The program done in partnership with UW System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides free, rapid-results tests for UWM employees and students at UWM’s Washington County and Waukesha campuses. Community testing has now returned for the UWM at Washington County campus only.
Available Dates & Times
This rapid results testing will be available for UWM employees and students in the UWM at Washington County gymnasium and the UWM at Waukesha Field House the dates below. Tests are offered 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for these dates at the branch campuses:
- January 20
- January 27
- February 2
- February 10
- February 16
- February 24
- March 2
- March 10
- March 16
- March 30
- April 7
- April 13
- April 21
- April 27
- May 5
- May 11
- May 19
- January 21
- January 26 (canceled due to weather)
- January 28 (added as a reschedule)
- February 3
- February 9
- February 17
- February 23
- March 3
- March 9
- March 17
- March 31
- April 6
- April 14
- April 20
- April 28
- May 4
- May 12
- May 18
Covid-19 testing at the branch campuses are for UWM employees and students. Community testing has resumed for the UWM at Washington County campus only.
UWM employees, students, and Washington County community members must register in advance at www.doineedacovid19test.com. There will be no walk-in appointments. Appointments have been spaced out to help maintain social distancing.
What to Expect
Participants will go to the testing site, self-administer an Abbott BinaxNOW antigen test under the supervision of medical professionals from federal contractor eTrueNorth and wait about 15 minutes for their results. They will need a smartphone to retrieve their results by logging into the same website.
Confirmatory PCR tests provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will be given to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms but tests negative, and anyone who doesn’t have symptoms but tests positive. 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. Participants who need a confirmatory PCR test will go to the PCR registration table at their testing location and receive one immediately. Results of that test will be available in about four days. Learn more about this rapid results testing on UWM’s Coronavirus site here.
Panthers Protect Panthers
Three simple things can help keep you and those around you safe this fall:
- Wash your hands.
- Watch your distance.
- Wear a mask.
One reason students choose UWM is that we are a community that cares for each other. Working together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19. Show your Panther pride by doing your part. Read UWM’s Health and Safety Policy here.
UWM updates and answers to frequently asked questions on COVID-19 Pandemic – Visit uwm.edu/coronavirus
Continuing Education Operations for CGS Reopening
UWM CGS Continuing Education serves a wide variety of backgrounds, including many who have heightened risk factors themselves or within their families. To best protect the ability of our UWM CGS community to participate in Continuing Education instruction and activities, participants and staff must follow all UWM Covid-19 guidelines which include:
- Adhering to a 6-foot social distance in all classrooms and public spaces
- Wearing a nonsurgical face mask covering (i.e. cloth face mask)
- Self-monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms to include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. See the CDC’s website for more information about COVID-19 symptoms. In addition to this document, see the CDC’s website for more information about what to do if you are experiencing symptoms.
- Do not come to campus if you have COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 Symptom Checker, do not come to campus and contact your medical provider.
The full UWM College of General Studies Reopening Plan is available here.