University Housing Staff Spring Semester COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Will Continue

  • University Housing career staff working onsite will continue to complete COVID-19 tests weekly.
  • Staff must have tested negative within the previous eight days before being onsite.
  • New locations are available for testing.
  • Staff should not schedule tests at sites labeled as being for “Housing Residents Only”. Student staff who are also Housing residents may use these sites.
  • New testing hours are available. Testing is available seven days per week, with early morning and late evening hours at some sites.
  • All student employees will be required to test 2 times per week, or every four days.
  • More information is available here.

Testing Process and Results

For career staff, COVID-19 testing has changed to a saliva-based test instead of a nasal swab. Both types of tests are PCR-based and provide accurate results. More information on successful saliva-based testing, testing locations, and available testing hours is available at UW-Madison’s COVID-19 Response testing page.

Safer Badgers Mobile Application

For Spring semester COVID-19 testing, the University has changed to using a new mobile app called Safer Badgers. This app can be used to find testing locations, schedule tests, quickly obtain test results, and access additional health resources. Information is available in five languages and is dependent upon the language selected on your phone. The Safer Badgers app also has a virtual access pass that you may need to show to enter many campus buildings and workplaces.

  • Staff may be asked to show this screen at building entrances to prove they are up to date on COVID-19 testing. Decisions are still being made on how this will work for Housing staff in Housing buildings.
  • The Badger Badge screen does not show personal information.
  • The app can also provide optional, anonymous, secure notifications to anyone who has been in proximity to another person using the app who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • All visitors, including contractors and vendors, will need to be ushered and guided through facilities as they will not have the Safer Badgers app to show for access.

If you do not have a smartphone, you may request a loaner phone from the DoIT Help Desk or print a copy of your building access status.

Contact your supervisor for more information. Updates continue to be released on COVID-19 processes for the new semester. For more detailed information on the spring semester, please visit the UW-Madison COVID-19 Response website.