CDC/DHS/UW COVID-19 Public Health Investigation Survey and Antibody Testing: September 7 – 11

This semester, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) to survey students about COVID-19 on college campuses. This is a continuation of a similar campus project from last year, which you can learn more about here: https://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-partners-with-state-and-federal-public-health-agencies-on-covid-19/

Residents will have a couple of opportunities to participate in these efforts. Note that your participation is voluntary and does not take the place of other campus public health measures, such as required COVID-19 testing.

Online Questionnaire

As part of this public health surveillance, we are asking all students living in residence halls to complete a short online Qualtrics survey. This survey will ask for information about your living situation, your demographic information, your health, and your attitudes and behaviors surrounding COVID-19. Completion of this survey is voluntary and the results are private. Your individual responses will not be shared with the university. This survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. It is linked to your UW NetID log-in.

Check your wisc.edu account for a message titled “CDC/DHS/UW COVID-19 Public Health Investigation Survey and Antibody Testing” with your personalized link to the survey.

Antibody Testing

Additionally, all interested students living in residence halls are invited to be tested for COVID-19 antibodies. We will be offering testing at Library Mall between Tuesday, September 7 and Saturday, September 11, from 10am to 4pm each day. Appointments are not necessary! Again, this testing does not take the place of any COVID-19 testing required by campus.

We encourage all interested students to participate regardless of past COVID-19 infection or vaccination status. Your blood will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies and you will be notified of your results via email shortly after your test date.

Contact

If you have any questions about this public health investigation, please contact Peter DeJonge at: peter.dejonge@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Thank you in advance for your support of this important public health effort. Results from this project will be used to guide further, evidence-based mitigation strategies and reduce COVID infection risk on college campuses across the country. The CDC, Wisconsin DHS, and UW-Madison deeply appreciate your participation.

Hannah Segaloff, PhD, MPH
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Peter DeJonge, PhD, MPH
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Wisconsin Department of Health Services