UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Falcons Forward

Are there on-campus vaccination clinics?

A pop-up walk-in vaccination clinic will be held Monday, Sept. 27, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Falcon’s Nest, University Center. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments can be made here.

The City of River Falls and Freeman Drug will host an additional local vaccination clinic on Monday, Sept. 27 from 5-7 p.m at the city's former Police Station at 125 East Elm Street, River Falls. Students, employees and community members are eligible for vaccination. There is no charge and no appointment is necessary.  

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://www.schedulista.com/schedule/weberhealthlogistics1. 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, starting Tuesday, Sept. 7, UWRF will also implement a prevalence testing protocol for all non-vaccinated employees and students. Every week, 10% of non-vaccinated students and 10% of non-vaccinated employees will be randomly selected and required to take a COVID-19 test during the obligation period. Read the full policy here. Update: 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

We plan to increase testing of all non-vaccinated individuals from biweekly to weekly as soon as feasible. 

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. However, UWRF has implemented a prevalence testing protocol for all non-vaccinated employees and students. Each week, 10% of non-vaccinated students and 10% of non-vaccinated employees are randomly selected and required to take a COVID-19 test during the obligation period. Read the full policy here

Update: 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

We plan to increase testing of all non-vaccinated individuals from biweekly to weekly as soon as feasible. 

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