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Today we highlight a grim milestone: More than 1,000 students and employees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 6. According to the UW-Madison, as of Wednesday, 1,044 students and 26 employees had tested positive. The rapidly growing outbreak has prompted the campus to restrict in-person social gatherings for two weeks among undergraduate students who make up the bulk of the infections. And all sorority and fraternity members living in Greek housing have been ordered to be tested.
Public Health Madison Dane County warned in a tweet that anyone who lives or visits downtown Madison, which includes part of the campus, “should assume you were exposed to COVID-19 and monitor yourself for symptoms.” And Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is asking the university to send students living in residence halls home.
UW-Eau Claire also is dealing with an outbreak, announcing quarantines of six residence hall wings.
Dane County leader asks UW-Madison to consider sending students in dorms home — Wisconsin State Journal
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire quarantines six dorm wings just days into the fall semester — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
SD governor criticizes study suggesting Sturgis bike rally led to 260,000 COVID-19 cases — Sioux Falls Argus Leader
Data to note
Source: Smart Restart dashboard, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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