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?

UWRF is no longer providing COVID tests.  Home testing kits are available at Student Health and Counseling Services (254 Rodli Hall) and in each residence hall. 

The Say Yes! COVID Test program is another option for students and faculty/staff to order additional test kits. When ordering, one must include a secondary address line. For example:  850 E. Cascade Avenue, Room 232, River Falls, WI 54022.  

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


On-campus free COVID-19 vaccine bivalent clinics – Pfizer and Moderna
 
UW-River Falls is hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics in conjunction with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare on:
Thursday, Oct. 27, noon-4 p.m., Riverview Ballroom, UC
Wednesday, Nov. 2, noon-4 p.m., Riverview Ballroom, UC  
Tuesday, Dec. 6, noon-4 p.m., 232 UC

  • Walk-ins are welcome, but you can preregister at https://vaccinate.wi.gov/en-US/. Call 211 for help with registering for an appointment. 
  • Free for everyone 6 months and older. 
  • All Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and booster doses.
  • To receive your booster, it must be five months (Pfizer and Moderna), since completing your initial series, or two months (J&J) since receiving your first dose.
  • Please bring your vaccine record card with you.
  • First and second dose recipients are welcome! If you receive your first dose of Pfizer or Moderna, you may be responsible for scheduling your second dose at another location.

Pierce County Public Health

St. Croix County Public Health

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

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

 Please see the CDC guidance here

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • You will not be required to leave your room to isolate; you may isolate in place or go home.  Isolating in place means that you stay in your room, avoid others as much as possible, wear a high-quality mask around others, do not attend in-person classes and notify your instructors.  Students who live in the halls and have concerns about staying in their room with a COVID-19 positive roommate should contact their Hall Director to discuss options. If you are living on or off campus and are on a meal plan but are not feeling well, here is the process you may follow.(under "I am sick and have a meal plan and need food".
  • If you are sick or have an exposure, you are encouraged to follow self-care practices recommended for other upper respiratory conditions. These include personal hygiene, masking when others are present, and resting so your body recovers.
  • Planning is essential. We encourage students and families to discuss their plans in the event of a positive COVID-19 test or exposure. In addition, we recommend an open discussion with roommates regarding each other’s plans before or after arrival to campus.

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