Response to UW-Madison Announcement

Dear UW-Green Bay Students, Faculty and Staff,

Last night, UW-Madison announced that they are moving to two weeks of virtual instruction and that students in two residence halls are quarantined due to rapidly rising positive COVID-19 test rates among students. We support the difficult decision made by UW-Madison Chancellor Blank and commend her leadership in protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the greater community.

Each UW campus community is unique and showing different infection rates as on-campus testing programs get underway. UW-Green Bay is fortunate to report low Covid-19 positive test results at this time.

We are proud of every member of the campus community who is working to protect each other and prevent community spread, but we also need to exercise continued caution. This virus’ transmission rates can change quickly. Should we find ourselves with a rapid increase of cases, UW-Green Bay will also move swiftly to adjust our learning delivery methods for the safety of our residential and commuter students and our community as a whole.

Aggressive COVID testing is one of the best ways for us to manage community spread, keep each other safe and have our campus remain open. Symptomatic testing is free and available for all UW-Green Bay students at the Wellness Center. Students in our dorms are scheduled to be tested every other week to closely monitor for any signs of an outbreak and, as of today, we will offer testing to non-instructional university staff who are in contact with students (e.g., police, dining services, residence hall, custodial, GBOSS) and face-to-face instructional staff. Information on testing for frontline employees will be communicated as soon as possible. We hope to extend this to other members of the campus community as soon as we are given the opportunity to do so.

Please continue to do your part in following all safety measures put in place as we protect each other. We want you to pursue your educational and professional pursuits with the mode of instructional delivery that is most comfortable for you given the safety constraints we currently have in place.

Stay strong and healthy,

Michael Alexander
Michael Alexander