Students: If you test positive

Your physical and mental well-being is our first priority. Use this page to learn more about the plans and protocols in place regarding the isolation and care for UW Oshkosh students who test positive for COVID-19.

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If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, self-isolation is required. Do not go to work, school or public areas.

On-campus isolation housing is available at all three UW Oshkosh campuses. Learn more below.

Residence hall students are being encouraged to have a bag packed this semester with the items they will need for a two-week stay away from their room.

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Reporting Positive Cases

If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, it is vital that you report it as soon as possible through the Positive Case Reporting Form.

Bias and Harrassment

Racist behaviors and stereotyping are not acceptable at UW Oshkosh. If you experience harassment or discrimination, please file a bias incident report here.

If you test positive for COVID-19

First, complete the Positive Case Reporting Form.

A Public Health Disease Investigator will get in touch with you to determine where you were during the period prior to infection. Contact tracers will then reach out to those who may have been exposed to the virus since your infection. 
 

  • If you are attending face-to-face classes, email your instructors to inform them you will be unable to attend class due to COVID isolation.
  • If you live on campus, you may self-isolate at your permanent residence or contact the Student Health Center at (920) 424-2424 for isolation housing referral.
    • If you have a roommate, they will need to self-quarantine at their permanent residence or at our quarantine facility at Gruenhagen.
    • On-campus isolation housing is available on the Oshkosh campus (Webster Hall), Fond du Lac campus (Vue Campus) and Fox Cities campus. (Fox Village).
    • Food delivery to isolation housing is available.
  • If you have a job on campus, notify your supervisor that you will be unable to report to work in person due to COVID isolation.
  • If you are involved in other on-campus activities or extracurriculars, notify your advisor, coach or instructor that you will be unable to participate in face-to-face activities until further notice.
When can I come back to campus after a positive test?

Students should work with the Student Health Center to determine when they can safely return to in-person classes and other University activities. In general, the student who tested positive would remain in isolation for a minimum of 13 days and until the student is symptom-free for three days. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also has posted guidance on when an individual can discontinue home isolation.

UW Oshkosh and UW System have invested a great deal of time, energy and resources and set up partnerships with healthcare organizations and public health to manage testing and contact tracing. We have created COVID-19 tester and contact tracer positions on our Oshkosh campus. We have set up a testing site in Albee Hall and we will be conducting cohort testing to provide a steady stream of testing samples to monitor the virus on our campuses.

We have a solid plan, but our plan will only work if we all do our part. That means wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, washing your hands. If we want to keep our campuses open, we must be diligent, we must be consistent, we must have compassion and care for ourselves and others. Large gatherings, house parties and other behavior typical around college campuses will create conditions that require us to quickly alter our plans.

Isolation Housing at UW Oshkosh

If you live on campus, you may self-isolate at your permanent residence or contact the Student Health Center at (920) 424-2424 for isolation housing referral.

  • If you have a roommate, they will need to self-quarantine at their permanent residence or at our quarantine facility at Gruenhagen.
  • On-campus isolation housing is available on the Oshkosh campus (Webster Hall), Fond du Lac campus (Vue Campus) and Fox Cities campus. (Fox Village).
  • Food delivery to isolation housing is available.