CDC Studying COVID-19 Testing Data From UW-O

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now studying how reliable antigen testing is to monitor spread of COVID-19 among University of Wisconsin Oshkosh students, including those who are asymptomatic. The results of the study could have important implications for monitoring and quickly containing outbreaks among college students on other universities across Wisconsin and the nation. The antigen test can have results ready in as few as 15 minutes, while other tests take several days. 

The CDC study comes as UWO is seeing a decline in its positive test rate over the past seven days, following a surge as students moved back to campus for the start of the fall semester last month. On Sept. 21, the rate was 17.2%; Thursday’s  daily rate on campus was 3.5%, and the data continues to indicate that the coronavirus is not spreading in classrooms.