We wanted to take this opportunity to update you regarding our COVID-19 processes. As we have done throughout the pandemic, UW-Parkside continues to follow CDC and local public health guidance as we monitor the high transmission and infection rates of COVID-19 and the omicron variant in our region. First and foremost, if you are not feeling well, please stay home, regardless of vaccination status.
We are still requiring all faculty, staff, and students to wear masks while inside any buildings or facilities on campus. That requirement will continue until further notice.
Updated Isolation Recommendations
Individuals who test positive and have symptoms will be asked to isolate for 10 days per Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local public health. Individuals who test positive and do not have symptoms will be asked to isolate for 5 days.
Updated Quarantine Recommendations
(for those who have been exposed to Covid19)
People who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine and have not yet received a booster dose should:
- Should test weekly - Testing is available in the Ranger Clinic.
- Quarantine for 5 days following exposure and wear a well-fitting mask when around other people for an additional 5 days.
People who meet one of the following criteria do not need to quarantine after exposure to covid19, but should wear a well-fitted mask when around other people for 10 days:
- Have completed their primary mRNA vaccines series within the last 6 months, OR
- Have been fully vaccinated with a J&J vaccine within the last two months, OR
- Have received a booster more than two weeks prior to the exposure.
Following an exposure to Covid19, everyone, regardless of vaccination status should:
- Get tested for Covid19 on day 5, if possible, after exposure, AND
- Quarantine immediately if any symptoms develop until they receive a negative Covid19 test confirming symptoms are not attributable to Covid19.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you are exempt for testing for 90 days. Athletes may have a different protocol from NCAA or GLIAC.
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Why the changes?
What is different today than at the beginning of the pandemic is the fact that we have highly effective vaccines and boosters available to protect against serious illness and hospitalization. We encourage all employees who are eligible and able to receive the vaccine to do so.
If you have not been vaccinated, or are ready for your booster, here are several options:
- Call the Student Health & Counseling Center at (262) 595-2366 to schedule an appointment.
Visit www.vaccines.gov to locate a vaccine clinic near you.
Spring Semester Update
University administration is working with local health officials to monitor the current spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and is discussing spring semester guidelines. We will continue to communicate with our campus community and will let faculty, staff, and students know if any changes are made to those guidelines.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and adherence to our COVID-19 protocols. Our goal is to ensure a safe and supportive environment for you, your peers, our faculty and staff, and campus guests.
Dr. Sheronda Glass Dr. Renee Kirby
Human Resources Student Health and Counseling Center