Community & Visitors

Information for community and visitors on COVID-19 planning and preparedness.
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Return to Fall planReturn to Spring 2022

This plan is effective January 14, 2022 and will be updated as new information emerges and the spring semester progresses.

The health and safety of our faculty, staff, students, and the public is UW-Stout’s top priority for developing protocols to respond to COVID-19. Our health and safety protocols are aligned with guidance from the federal government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WI Department of Health Services, American College Health Association, UW System, and the UW-Stout Recovery Planning Team.

As we have done since spring 2020, we will continue to update our plans as conditions evolve and information becomes available.

Read the Return to Spring Plan >>

Updated Masking and Testing Order

Due to the continued high COVID-19 transmission rate in Dunn County, we will be extending our masking and testing order through March 11, 2022. The new masking and testing order will be effective January 24, 2022 and is available online.  Until then, the current masking and testing order is in effect through January 23, 2022 and is also available online.

Masking

Correct and consistent mask use is a key piece to prevent contracting and spreading COVID-19. Masks will continue to be required in all indoor public spaces, except when students are in their assigned residence hall rooms and employees are alone in a private, unshared office or lab. The CDC isolation and quarantine guidance details the importance of a well-fitting mask following quarantine or isolation. Please review the CDC website for more information about the recommendations for effective mask use.

Testing

Testing will continue to be offered by Weber Health in the West Gym through at least April 1. Please visit the testing website for information on testing hours and to register for a test. Individuals who are symptomatic should be tested immediately, and individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be tested five days after the last COVID-19 exposure. 

COVID-19 Surge Testing

We offer free rapid-result COVID-19 antigen tests for community members.

Food & Beverages in Class

Because masks must be removed and food spillage also makes cleaning and disinfection less efficient, no eating should occur during classes. Although drinking also requires masks to be removed during class time, due to the importance of hydration, it is allowed. Use good judgment and re-mask immediately after taking a drink.

The University of Wisconsin – Stout is committed to maintaining an environment of respect that is free from discrimination and supporting all community members affected by this global health threat. Bias, discrimination, and harassment are contrary to UW-Stout values. If you, or someone you know experiences bias, please report to our response team.

This website is intended to serve as a resource for the UW-Stout community and our constituents, and we urge people to monitor it regularly for updates.

COVID-19 Symptoms

To ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that you do not visit campus if you have any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. Symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after contact and may include one or more of the following:

  • Fever of 100.4 F or feeling feverish
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal symptom

If you are uncertain of whether you may have a fever, you can request a temperature read. We use a non-contact infrared thermometer and can provide you with an immediate temperature reading.

Visitors and/or individuals may request to have their temperatures taken at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Athletic Facilities
    Johnson Field House

    Office 106
  • Robert Swanson Library & Learning Center
    Circulation Desk
  • Memorial Student Center (MSC)
    Service Center Room 105
  • Price Commons
    University Housing

    Administrative Office 214
  • Sorensen Hall
    Admissions Room 212

Cleaning and Disinfecting

UW-Stout understands that proper cleaning and disinfection is important to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Our custodial teams are following CDC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommendations for products used for cleaning and disinfecting.

Additional Personal Health & Safety Practices

  • Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene: Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Immediately wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer.
  • Handwashing: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face.
  • Hand Sanitizers: If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Offices have hand sanitizer available during your visit and hand sanitizing stations are positioned at building entrances and other high-traffic areas. Visitors should “tap-in and tap-out,” using hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting buildings and offices.
  • Public Spaces: Please carefully follow signage or verbal instructions provided for the use of public areas such as restrooms, elevators, waiting areas, etc.

For questions about any of these guidelines, please email: covid19update@uwstout.edu

Thank you for visiting UW-Stout! We hope you enjoy your time with us.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

UW-Stout understands that proper cleaning and disinfection is important to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. Our custodial teams are following recommendations published by the CDC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for products used for cleaning and disinfecting. These products are approved for use against COVID-19 and are applied per the manufacturers’ recommendations.

Disinfectant products in spray bottles and wiping materials are available from Facilities Management by submitting a work order. To allow for uniformity across campus, products supplied are consistent with products currently used by custodial services. Prior to use, written procedures

and the safety data sheet (SDS) must be reviewed. Procedure and SDS information will be distributed with each spray bottle and will also be available on the Facilities Management Custodial Services website.

Custodial staff will fill empty disinfectant bottles during daily cleaning routines as necessary.

  1. For general assignment classrooms
    1. Labeled bottles of disinfectant and wiping cloths will be available in each general assignment classroom.
    2. A procedure and SDS information will be posted in each room and should be reviewed prior to use.
  2. For other instructional spaces and office areas
    1. Labeled bottles of disinfectant and wiping materials may be requested by submitting a work order to Facilities Management. Please coordinate within your department to consolidate requests.
    2. A procedure and SDS information will be provided with each bottle.
    3. Requester will be contacted to verify requested quantities, coordinate delivery, and confirm refill process.

The custodial services team has assembled a comprehensive custodial cleaning plan to provide additional information and guidance on cleaning and disinfecting efforts and expectations. The comprehensive custodial cleaning plan can be found on the custodial services website and will continue to be updated as necessary.

For questions about any of these guidelines, please email: covid19update@uwstout.edu

Thank you for visiting UW-Stout! We hope you enjoy your time with us.