Reminders from the COVID-19 Hotline
Dear Warhawk Students, Staff and Faculty,
The COVID-19 Hotline has been receiving questions about what happens when someone tests positive for COVID-19. The following is a reminder of what to do as well as what we can all do to remain in person for classes and other activities as much as possible.
If you test positive
If you test positive for COVID-19, immediately begin to isolate yourself, monitor your symptoms and call the UW-Whitewater COVID-19 Hotline at 262-472-1362. Your information will be passed on to a contact tracer, who will reach out to you and give you guidance.
University Housing will provide accommodations in the residence halls for students residing on campus for the isolation/quarantine of positive cases. Dining Services will coordinate meals as needed.
If you are a close contact with someone who tested positive
Call the COVID-19 Hotline if you are a close contact of an individual who is positive for COVID-19. Follow recommendations from your medical provider and public health departments about isolation or quarantine, which will be tailored to the situation. For example, any symptomatic or positive case on campus may require unvaccinated individuals exposed to that person to quarantine. Vaccinated individuals can remain on campus and will need to be tested for COVID-19 three days after last contact.
University Housing will provide accommodations in the residence halls for students residing on campus for the isolation/quarantine of close-contact individuals. Dining Services will coordinate meals as needed.
In the classroom
If an instructor tests positive, their course will temporarily move online through the isolation period. Close contacts will be informed through contact tracing. If the instructor feels unwell, colleague coverage or other arrangements may be made by working with the department.
If a student tests positive, the student is responsible for communicating with their instructors about making up any missed class work (including getting notes from a classmate, etc.) that results from a COVID-19-related illness or quarantine/isolation.
If a student in their class tests positive, instructors should:
- Prioritize the continuity of education for students who are ill, quarantined or required to isolate.
- Neither report to their class that a positive case is present nor assume the course will move remote/online. If warranted, faculty and instructional academic staff may be asked by UHCS to temporarily change modality to remote/virtual learning.
What UW-Whitewater is doing:
Classrooms are equipped with basic cleaning stations, including sanitizing wipes and/or spray bottles, disposable face coverings (if a personal one is not available) and hand sanitizer. Classrooms are cleaned regularly by custodial staff, including disinfection when cases are identified.
What you can do:
- Wash/sanitize your hands frequently
- Stay home if you have symptoms, and take advantage of the free testing on campus
- Wear a face covering that covers your nose and mouth
- Clean your personal space before and after use
- If you have not done so already, get vaccinated if you are able
Please continue to read your emails for changes that may occur. Together we can work to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and remain in person as much as possible.
— Emergency Operations Committee (EOC)