Testing on the Oshkosh campus and other COVID-19 updates

Dear University community, 

UW Oshkosh is expanding on-campus COVID-19 testing at Albee Hall to increase appointment availability and to ensure a quick turn around on results. 

Here are some important updates and reminders: 

  • If you are on the Oshkosh campus, continue to download the Prevea app to schedule your COVID-19 test appointment. Please do not just show up at the Albee testing center. Fond du Lac and Fox Cities faculty and staff should work with their healthcare providers if they need a COVID-19 test. 
  • On Tuesday we increased our capacity for appointments at the Albee test center to better accommodate testing requests. Having your test done on campus will help us quickly respond to positive test results. It also will allow public testing sites – for example the testing at Sunnyview Expo Center – to focus on community residents. The volume at Sunnyview has led to two-hour waits for testing this week, according to public health officials. 
  • Because we are able to increase daily capacity, we are no longer scheduling appointments on Saturdays. 
  • All faculty, staff and students who request/schedule an initial test at Albee will be given a rapid antigen test. This means you will have your results quickly.  
  • Staff or faculty who test positive with an antigen test will be contacted and required to set up an additional test to confirm the results. You must again schedule your test through the Prevea app, but select the PCR test. 
  • If you have been identified by healthcare workers as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by a contact tracer and instructed what to do next. If you are not contacted, you may assume you are not considered a close contact. 
  • UWO has a quarantine facility and an isolation facility on the Oshkosh Campus. Residence hall students who choose to remain on campus following a positive diagnosis will move to the on-campus isolation center. Students identified as a close contact will be asked to move to the quarantine center. 
  • Masks – Around campus we are seeing our University community abiding by our requirement to wear masks. Remember this applies to hallways, lobbies and all common areas in our buildings. Wearing a mask is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
  • Our testing center is still in need of workers to help with intake, contract tracing and other vital activities. If you are interested in even a couple short shifts a week, please consider signing up by using this form.  

We appreciate the steps you have been taking to stay safe, including wearing masks and cleaning your office/work areas. UWO’s on-campus testing center and in-house contact tracers are being held up as an example of how to address COVID-19 on our campuses. Testing is a vital step to curtailing COVID-19. Identifying positive cases quickly with the rapid antigen test allows us to determine spread and take steps to control it.  

Our Emergency Operations Committee is evaluating the results of our testing on a daily basis and making adjustments where needed to address problems and reduce concerns. The website also is home to a dashboard updated Monday through Friday that tracks COVID-19 on our campus. 

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, our operational plans or the impact of the pandemic on employment policies and other protocols on our campuses, please visit the Titans Return website.  

Thank you for working with us to keep our campuses safe. 

UWO Police Chief Kurt Leibold