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After more than two years of service to the campus community, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh shuts down its COVID-19 testing and vaccination center on the Oshkosh campus Friday, Sept. 30.

Since first established in response to the pandemic, center staff administered 106,971 COVID-19 tests–with a peak of 712 tests performed in a six-hour period on Nov. 23, 2020. The team also provided more than 4,500 vaccinations over nearly two years.

Tara Zochert, COVID-19 testing/vaccine operations manager, kept operations running smoothly and efficiently at campus-based centers.

Students may continue to get a COVID-19 test and vaccination, along with flu shots and monkeypox testing for those exposed or experiencing symptoms, at the Student Health Center in Radford Hall on the Oshkosh campus. Students should contact SHC with any questions or concerns.

Faculty and staff should consult their private healthcare provider or secure testing and/or vaccination at a public site. Find a public testing center here. Find a list of public vaccine locations here or reach out to your local public health department.

A limited number of free COVID-19 testing kits are available on campus.

Students may pick up free at-home COVID-19 tests on all three campusesPickup locations include:  

  • Student Health Center, Radford Hall, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays – except Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

And after hours at: Oshkosh Campus residence halls or UW Oshkosh Police Department. 

Students and staff may pick up free tests on the access campuses at Fond du Lac Campus: AE112 Campus Services; Fox Cities Campus: M1108 Campus Services. 

The Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), which first met in January 2020 to discuss COVID-19, will no longer meet on a regular basis.

Chancellor Andy Leavitt, who charged the committee with developing and executing the University’s response to COVID-19, met with the group on Sept. 22 to thank members for their diligence, innovation and leadership during the pandemic.

The EOC will not disband. Team members will remain on call should the need arise to face a resurgence of the virus or any other campus-wide emergency. Ongoing training and tabletop exercises will help us stay up-to-date on potential threats and aid a quick response.

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