UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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

Face coverings:

  • Required masking ended on March 11, 2022. Read the update here
     
  • Those who want to continue to wear masks are welcome to do so. The university will continue to make high-quality masks available as supplies last. Please respect everyone’s individual choices about masking.  

Face coverings, in-person meetings

Employees who choose to require masks in their private unshared offices should proactively communicate the need to wear a face covering to those with whom they are scheduling in-person meetings. A virtual option must be provided. Please respect the choices of your fellow Falcons.

See additional face covering FAQs.

Can I continue wearing a mask if I prefer?

Yes. All members of the campus community may choose to wear or not wear face coverings. Please respect the choices and privacy of your fellow Falcons.

I’m an instructor, can I encourage or require masks in my classroom?

Instructors may not require students to wear masks in their classroom. They may suggest that students consider wearing them for certain activities, but this should not go beyond suggestions.  

May individual departments require masks in their department suites/open spaces?

No. The chancellor's decision to remove the requirement to wear face coverings applies to all campus buildings, conference rooms, and shared spaces.

May employees require masks in their private unshared offices?

Yes. Employees who choose to require masks in their private unshared offices should proactively communicate the need to wear a face covering to those with whom they are scheduling in-person meetings. A virtual option must be provided.

If I continue to see members of the campus community wearing face coverings, should or may I ask them why they are wearing a mask or inform them that the requirement to wear face coverings has expired?

No. It is not appropriate to ask why someone is or is not wearing a mask. Please respect the choices and privacy of your fellow Falcons.

 

How do I get a COVID-19 test?

Testing is available for students, employees and the community at the testing site at Hagestad Hall Monday- Friday from 8 a.m- 4 p.m. Beginning April 4, testing hours will change to Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Appointments are required and can be scheduled here

Community members experiencing problems scheduling an appointment or receiving test results can reach out to Weber Health Logistics at their helpline at 608-855-9191.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine or booster?

Information about vaccine clinics in the area can be found here:

Pierce County Public Health

St. Croix County Public Health

You can find a vaccine through your healthcare provider or pharmacy using the VaccineFinder site.

Are free masks available for students and employees?

Free N95 surgical masks are available for student and staff pick up at the following campus locations:

  • Information Desk, UC
  • Student Health and Counseling Services, 254 Rodli Hall 
  • CAS Dean’s Office, 136 KFA  
  • CAFES Dean’s Office, 210 CAFES 
  • CBE Dean’s Office, 124 South Hall 
  • CEPS Dean’s Office, 203 WEB 
  • Chancellor’s Office, 116 North Hall
  • Fitness Center front desk and Information Desk by H&HP, Falcon Center
  • Circulation Desk, Davee Library 
  • Front desk of each residence hall 

If questions, email keven.syverson@uwrf.edu

How are N95 masks different than cloth masks?

Wear your N95 properly so it is effective. N95s must form a seal to the face to work properly. This is especially important for people at increased risk for severe disease. Wearing an N95 can make it harder to breathe. If you have heart or lung problems, talk to your doctor before using an N95. Some N95s may contain latex in the straps. If you have natural rubber latex allergies, see the manufacturers' website for information about your specific model. Respirators are an effective method of protection against designated hazards when properly selected and worn. Learn more tips for wearing N95 masks here.

What if I test positive?

If you test positive, please follow these steps:

Step 1: If you test positive on campus, you will have a brief meeting with a contact tracer.

Step 2: Plan to go home and isolate ASAP. If you can go home to your permanent residence, please do so. If you are unable to go home, please contact your contact tracer to determine a location to isolate.

Step 3: Notify your Resident Assistant (if living on campus). 

Step 4: Tell your close contacts (such as your roommate).

Step 5: Inform your instructors and supervisors. Be sure you talk with your professors regarding how to manage your absence from class.

Step 6: Return to campus after following the most recent CDC guidance found here

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

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 and monitor symptoms. See CDC guidelines here.

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?

 Please see the CDC guidance here

Everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 should:

  • Stay home and isolate from other people for at least 5 full days. Day 0 is the first day symptoms began or the day that your positive COVID-19 test was taken (if you don’t have symptoms).
  • Wear a well-fitting mask when around others for an additional 5 days. 

I still have some questions. Who can I contact?

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