Your burning questions about COVID-19 answered
UW Oshkosh Police Chief Kurt Leibold | January 19, 2022
Dear University community,
Here’s what’s new today:
- Masks are back for the start of spring semester.
- Testing and vaccination will continue at Albee through spring semester (closed Jan. 28) for symptomatic employees and students.
- Testing is available at Albee for symptomatic immediate household family members of University employees through Jan. 31.
- Isolation/quarantine guidance remains unchanged.
Masks, better masks
Beginning Jan. 31 masks will be required in campus recreation centers and at Polk Library. We eased this restriction when COVID-19 rates were low last fall, but with the surge this month we need to reinstate masks in these areas. Students who live in the residence halls on the Oshkosh campus are not required to wear masks in living areas. Please follow requirements posted in the residence halls.
Masks remain required indoors in all University buildings and classrooms. Employees working alone in an office or lab may remove their mask.
We will continue to monitor case rates on campus and adjust these requirements when we are able.
Violations of mask requirements or other COVID-19 concerns observed on campus should be reported on this form on the Titans Return website. Students and employees who do not follow UWO COVID-19 protocols are subject to UWO’s compliance process, up to and including suspension.
Upgrading your mask will help protect you from contracting the virus. We have a limited supply of N95 masks available for pick up at the Albee testing center (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. M-F). Find more information on their use, care and OSHA regulations on the Titans Return website. The federal government also announced today it will make N95 masks available, free, across the country starting next week.
Testing and vaccination
Testing and vaccinations are available through Jan. 27 (closed Jan. 28):
- 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Fridays at Albee Testing Center (enter on the mall side of the building, facing Polk Library). Appointments for testing must be scheduled through the MyPrevea App. For more information on scheduling, please visit this page on our Titans Return website. Employees who need a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, also may schedule on the MyPrevea App.
- Beginning Jan. 31, Albee will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
Testing is limited to symptomatic employees, students and employees’ immediate household members through Jan. 31. Household member testing is limited by the center’s capacity and household members may be asked to show proof of their relationship or residency to the staff or faculty member. Household members should park in Lot 15, on Algoma Blvd., across from Reeve.
All who test will receive a rapid antigen test. Those who are symptomatic but test negative with a rapid test are asked to return for a second test in 36 to 48 hours. There are very few exceptions to this protocol.
If you would like an at-home test, we encourage you to take advantage of the free tests now available by filling out a request through the U.S. Postal Service. Individuals may receive four rapid antigen COVID-19 tests per residential address.
If you test positive or are notified that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive, you must abide by quarantine or isolation protocols. The University has adopted the shortened isolation and quarantine recommendations published by the CDC in December.
Oshkosh campus isolation and quarantine facilities are available for students at Gruenhagen.
As the start of spring semester nears, the time to protect yourself is now. If you are not vaccinated or haven’t received a booster, do so today. The virus is spreading rapidly, but those who are fully vaccinated are experiencing milder symptoms in many cases.
Avoid indoor gatherings or if you must be indoors, wear a mask, preferably an N95 or a KN95. Taking precautions now will help us safely start spring semester.
We look forward to seeing you back on campus. Continue to check your email for important updates.
UWO Police Chief Kurt Leibold