Important COVID-19 Information for UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha

College of General Studies campuses are open.

Rapid Results Testing Available

UWM and other UW System campuses are serving as locations for a six-week federal “surge testing” effort aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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The program done in partnership with UW System and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides free, rapid-results tests for community members age 5 and older, as well as UWM employees and students at UWM’s Waukesha and Washington County campuses. Students on the main campus in Milwaukee continue to be tested through UWM’s existing antigen testing program.

Available Dates & Times

This rapid results testing will be available in the UWM at Washington County gymnasium and the UWM at Waukesha Field House the dates below. Tests are offered between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for these dates at the branch campuses:

  • Wednesday, November 18th (Washington County)
  • Thursday, November 19th (Waukesha)
  • Wednesday, November 25th (Washington County)
  • Wednesday, December 2nd (Waukesha)
  • Wednesday, December 9th (Washington County)
  • Thursday, December 10th (Waukesha)
  • Wednesday, December 16th (Washington County)
  • Friday, December 18th (Waukesha)


Participants must register in advance at 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.

The full UWM College of General Studies Reopening Plan is available here.

Campus hours after Thanksgiving and staffing information:

  • Campus building hours are Monday-Thursday, 7am-6pm; Fridays 7am-5pm.
    • Fitness facilities will be closed.
  • IT service and maintenance staff will be on duty.
  • Library staff will be available at both campuses.
    • UWM at Washington County Library hours:
      • Monday-Thursday: 8am-4pm; Friday: 9am-1pm; Closed weekends
    • UWM at Waukesha Library hours:
      • Monday-Thursday: 8am-5pm; Friday: 8am-4pm; Closed weekends
  • The Solution Centers are open for limited services and walk-in traffic. We ask that you call or email your questions in advance of stopping in the office.In-person office hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Closed Fridays; Remote office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Limited in-person services will be available in other areas.
  • Campus bookstores are open with limited capacity. Bookstore hours are:
    • UWM at Washington County: Monday-Thursday: 9am-3:30pm; Friday: 9am-1pm
    • UWM at Waukesha: Monday-Thursday: 9am-2pm; Friday: 9am-1pm

Reopening information specific to student resources is available here.

Reopening information specific to faculty and staff is available here.

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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

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.