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COVID-19 positive or direct exposure protocol for UW–Madison research units and activities

The Smart Restart plan for the UW–Madison campus is under development and will be available soon. In the near term, this document was created to provide Chairs, Center Directors and other leaders of research units with a quick reference to use in cases of employee COVID-19 direct exposures or positive tests. When available, please refer to the Smart Restart web page for more comprehensive information

PPE procurement message

To help departments and labs obtain face coverings and other personal protective equipment (PPE) that remain in short supply, UW-Madison has launched a new, centralized process for procurement and distribution of some commonly requested supplies for use as specified in our COVID-19 return to campus guidance.

Reopening testing plan announced

Testing is key to identifying infection and keeping it from spreading. UW will implement a three-part testing plan. Go to this link and click on "Reopening testing plan" to learn more.

COVID-19 Positive or Direct Exposure Protocol and Testing

All faculty, staff and students must stay away from the workplace if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have been exposed to COVID-19 (identified contact). Individuals may not return to work until the criteria established by federal and state agencies to quarantine are met.

What do we know about COVID-19?

Please let us know if you are publishing a paper or have a news item to share. Email your information to

Gradual reopening of research on campus continues

Research continues to reopen on campus with a focus on expanding on-site research and scholarly activities while minimizing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to our students, staff, faculty, and the larger Madison community.