COVID-19 tests

COVID-19 Testing

All residents living in the University Residence Halls in fall 2020 are required to be tested for COVID-19 every week during the semester. Appointments must be scheduled in MyUHS through UW-Madison University Health Services (UHS). Residents will receive assigned testing dates by email and will schedule an appointment time for those dates.

This requirement is part of our Student Housing Handbook that all residents must abide by. If students do not comply with testing or other policies, other than certain approved exceptions*, they can receive disciplinary action or even be removed from the residence halls.

Scheduling a Test

Weekly Surveillance Testing

  1. Go to MyUHS
  2. Click “UW-Madison NetID”
  3. Enter your NetID and password
  4. Authenticate using Multi-Factor Authentication (Duo)
  5. Confirm your date of birth and click proceed
  6. Click on “Appointments” in the left column
  7. Click on “Schedule an Appointment”
  8. Choose “COVID-19 Testing” and continue
  9. Choose “Mandatory University Housing Testing” and continue
  10. Choose “Student Living in University Housing” and continue
  11. Confirm your contact information is correct and continue
  12. Select either the Ogg (southeast neighborhood) or Holt (lakeshore neighborhood) testing location
    • Note: If no appointment times are available at the Ogg testing location, southeast neighborhood residents may select the Kohl Center testing location and schedule an appointment there
  13. Choose an appointment time on your next assigned test date and continue (check your email for your assigned test dates)
  14. Confirm your appointment information and read the instructions
  15. Click “Schedule” to confirm your appointment

A QR code will be sent to your phone. You will be asked to present this when you arrive at the testing location.

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Your Assigned Schedule

Weekly testing begins on September 28. Students will receive an email with their assigned weekly testing schedule and location. Students will be assigned a day of the week (Monday – Friday) and will need to schedule their appointments in MyUHS in advance for each week for their assigned day.

At Your Testing Appointments

A QR code will be sent to your phone before your appointment which you’ll need to have ready to present when you arrive. Wear a face covering and maintain a six-foot distance from others while in line. Signs will designate the entrance to the testing location when you arrive for your appointment.

During Appointments

  1. Your QR code will be scanned and you’ll be given a test kit with instructions to obtain a self-collected nasal specimen
  2. University Health Services (UHS) staff will scan the label on your test kit and observe while you perform the self-swab in a designated area
  3. Replace your face covering, use hand sanitizer, and proceed to the exit
  4. Most results are received via a MyUHS secure message within 24-48 hours — make sure to add your cell phone number in MyUHS to receive text message notifications

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After Receiving Your Results

  • Negative: continue to schedule and attend your weekly testing appointments
    • All future appointments must be made via MyUHS following the same directions as above
  • Positive: you will be required to move to isolation housing on campus
    • You will receive an email and a follow-up call from staff with details on your isolation accommodations — staff can also help answer any questions you have
    • Bring supplies you’ll need for at least the next 10 days

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Students who Previously Tested Positive

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and have recovered, you may be exempt from quarantine, isolation, or future testing. The determination will be made by a University Health Services (UHS) clinician after reviewing documentation of the prior test result.

Students will not be exempted from isolation or future testing based solely on a self-report of a positive test or COVID-19 illness. It is common to continue to test positive for a period of time after recovering from COVID-19, so submit documentation as soon as possible to assure that your proof of a prior positive result has been reviewed.

Submit a Prior Test Result

The result must clearly state the test was for COVID-19 and must include your name, a secondary identifier such as birthdate, and the date of the testing.

  1. Obtain a copy (paper or electronic) of your positive test results from the clinic or public health department that conducted the testing.
  2. Send an email ( or call the positive test reporting line (608-890-0000) and state that you have a prior COVID-19 result to report. Indicate if you have a result to send or need help obtaining the documentation. Please also provide your phone number and birthdate.
  3. UHS staff will assist you in sending your documentation and will forward it for review by a UHS clinician to determine if you will be exempt.

If you test positive and your prior result has not been submitted and reviewed, you will be required to go to isolation until your results are received and reviewed. Students who test positive will be moved to an isolation room for 10 days.

Note: If you received your test result via a phone call and do not have a dated paper or electronic copy of the actual result, contact the clinic or public health department that conducted the testing to request documentation. If you are unable to locate documentation of your results, UHS staff will help you in obtaining the documentation.

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