Spring edition: Your burning questions about COVID-19 answered

UW Oshkosh Police Chief Kurt Leibold | January 19, 2022

Dear University community, 

I hope you are enjoying the week between J-term and spring semester. We can’t wait to have everyone back on campus next week. 

And there’s been some good news on the COVID-19 front. While cases spurred by the omicron variant have surged throughout January, data shows we may be moving past the peak. We are headed in the right direction, but cases are still very high and we must be diligent. We expect the University to see an increase in positive cases for the beginning of spring semester as students return. Take steps now to protect yourself. 

Testing, Vaccination, Masks 

If you are experiencing symptoms, get tested before returning to campus or get tested by scheduling an appointment at Albee on the Oshkosh campus. Testing also is available at Albee for employees’ immediate household members who are symptomatic, but you must also schedule an appointment on the MyPrevea app. You won’t receive the tests before you return, but you can also order home tests here.  

COVID-19 testing also is available by appointment at Student Health Services in Radford on the Oshkosh campus. 

Anyone who receives a positive test or who is exposed to COVID (and not vaccinated), must follow isolation and quarantine requirements. Read more about UWO’s isolation and quarantine order.  

Get vaccinated or schedule a booster shot now. Albee continues to offer COVID-19 and flu shots. You must set up appointments on the MyPrevea app.  

While you’re getting ready to come back, now is also a good time to stay away from crowded indoor spaces and upgrade your mask. We are offering N95 masks for pickup at Albee until they run out.  

Albee is open through Thursday, Jan. 27: 

  • 9 a.m. to noon for testing and vaccination 
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for mask pickup   

Beginning Monday, Jan. 31, Albee will be open: 

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for testing and vaccination 

FDL, Fox Cities campus testing 

COVID-19 self tests will be available to all UWO employees, their immediate household members and students on the Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses beginning next week according to the following schedule:  

Fox Cities in the former bookstore 

  • 10 a.m. to noon Mondays 
  • 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays 
  • Noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays 

Fond du Lac in A-127 

  • 10 a.m. to noon Mondays 
  • 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays 
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays 

These will be rapid self-tests. Stop in at these locations during the listed times and pick up a test. You must administer the test on site and wait about 15 minutes for the result. If you test positive, you should self-report the results on the UWO COVID-19 test form.  

Masks 

Just a reminder, masks are required in all indoor spaces on campus, and beginning Jan. 31 within Polk Library and student recreation facilities. The only exceptions are living areas of Oshkosh campus residence halls and when working alone in an office or lab. You can read the updated chancellor’s order here.  

Our Emergency Operations Committee has continued to meet through J-term, examining data and working with our local and state healthcare partners. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 in our communities and make any necessary adjustments.  

Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Get the shot today; or get a booster if you were vaccinated six or more months ago. We look forward to seeing you back on campus and finishing the year strong. 

UWO Police Chief Kurt Leibold