UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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I have some questions. Who can I contact?

You can reach out via email or phone.
Email:    COVID-19@UWRF.EDU
Call:       715-425-4000

How do I get a COVID-19 test?

Testing is available for students, employees and the community at the testing site at Hagestad Hall. Appointments are required. Appointments can be scheduled here

How can I get an exemption from required COVID-19 testing?

You can be exempted from required testing for the following reasons:

  • You are vaccinated. Please upload your vaccination information in the COVID-19 portal.
  • You are 100% online, not living in residence halls and have no other reason to be on campus during this testing period. Notify us of your off-campus status in the COVID-19 portal.
  • You received a negative test result off-campus during the testing period. Upload an image of your negative results in the COVID-19 portal.
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days (this only applies if you tested positive off-campus). Upload an image of your positive results in the COVID-19 portal
  • You have an approved medical exemption (i.e. recent nasal surgery). Email student.health.services@uwrf.edu for medical-related exemptions. For non-medical exemptions (i.e. religious), email student.success@uwrf.edu.

What if I test positive?

If you test positive, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Plan to go home and isolate ASAP. If you can go home to your permanent residence, please do so. If you need to isolate off campus, UWRF can help you find and pay for a hotel.

Step 2: Notify your Resident Assistant (if living on campus). 

Step 3: Tell your close contacts (such as your roommate).

Step 4: Inform your instructors and supervisors. Be sure you talk with your professors regarding how to manage your absence from class.

Step 5: Return to campus in 10 days with no symptoms or 10 days after symptoms have started with 24 hours of symptom improvement and fever-free. 

Additional guidance can be found at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/diagnosed.htm  and https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/publications/p02803.pdf 
 

What if I am a close contact and not vaccinated?

Step 1: Get tested ASAP. Find a test at https://uwrf.vivi.healthcare/. If positive, follow the steps above.

Step 2: Quarantine at home for 10 days and monitor symptoms.

Step 3: Quarantine time at home can be shortened to 7 days provided a person receives a negative test result that was collected on day 6 or 7.
 

What if I am a close contact and fully vaccinated?

Step 1: You do not need to quarantine.

Step 2: It is recommended you get tested 3-5 days after close contact.

Step 3: Monitor symptoms for 14 days after your last close contact.

Step 4: Isolate at home if you develop symptoms or test positive. If you test positive, follow the steps above. 

For updated information, please check this page often as changes can happen quickly.
 

When can I return to campus after testing positive for COVID-19?

If you never had symptoms: remain in isolation for at least 10 days after you were tested.

If you have or had symptoms: remain in isolation for 10 days after the symptoms started and you have experienced symptom improvement and no fever for a full 24 hours.
 

What is the latest COVID-19 guidance for face coverings and testing?

Given the current COVID-19 transmission rates due primarily to the Delta Variant, there are some additional precautions we are taking to keep you safe. Taking these steps now gives us the best chance of success as we continue to plan for a fall semester of in-person classes and other activities.  

Face coverings: Effective, Sunday, Aug. 22, UW-River Falls is requiring face coverings in all indoor public spaces on campus property where physical distancing of six (6) feet is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. Please see our updated interim COVID-19 policy document for more details, including on exceptions and accommodations. This will be in effect until case numbers return to lower levels. We will communicate as soon as it is safe to make that policy change. 

COVID-19 testing: UWRF continues to offer free COVID-19 testing on campus in Hagestad Hall for the campus and greater community. Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is expected to be tested as soon as possible. In order to help identify and control outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus, beginning Monday, Sept. 27, there will be required testing for ALL non-vaccinated individuals as follows:  

  • On-Campus Students: Weekly
  • Off-Campus Students: Biweekly
  • Employees: Biweekly

Read the full policy here.
 

What is the Protect the Nest campaign?

Although vaccinations are not required, by choosing to get vaccinated, you are helping keep campus a safe place to live, learn and work. That’s why we are asking you to Protect the Nest by getting your COVID-19 vaccine. Students who get vaccinated and upload a picture of their completed vaccination card to the UWRF portal are eligible to win prizes exclusive to UWRF students. Learn more about the campaign here.
 

What is the 70 for 70 program all about?

The University of Wisconsin System wants students to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by getting vaccinated. In an effort to reach a goal of 70% vaccination rates at all of its campuses, UW System has launched the 70 for 70 incentive program. When 70% of UWRF students are vaccinated, they’ll be entered into a drawing for one of 70 scholarships valued at $7,000.
 

Will COVID-19 testing be required for students and employees during fall semester?

Testing is not required for vaccinated students and staff. In order to help identify and control outbreaks of COVID-19 on campus, beginning Monday, Sept. 27, there will be required testing for ALL non-vaccinated individuals as follows:  

  • On-Campus Students: Weekly
  • Off-Campus Students: Biweekly
  • Employees: Biweekly

Read the full policy here.

Students, regardless of vaccination status, who have symptoms should be tested and, if necessary, seek medical attention from their health care provider.