Updated May 12, 2022
- At this time, there are five reported active positive COVID-19 cases in the MIAD community; this number includes all students, faculty and staff. We are currently between semesters, and many students and faculty are not on campus at this time.
- At this time, the Milwaukee County Community Level is Medium. Learn more at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
- MIAD is not conducting large-scale on-campus COVID-19 testing at this time. Students who would like a test or are symptomatic should contact email@example.com. Do not contact Marquette University health services for testing.
- In January, 2022, MIAD conducted a vaccination participation survey, showing that at least 93% of the MIAD community is vaccinated.
- MIAD has conducted approximately 1,445 on-campus COVID-19 PCR tests as of March 2021, with 14 positive results, or a 0.97% positivity rate per test.
- 90 cases are now considered inactive (since August 2020).
On-Campus Test & Positivity History
FALL 2021/SPRING 2022 COVID-19 POSITIVITY HISTORY
May 12, 2022: 5 known positive cases, 2 new
May 5, 2022: 2 known positive cases, 2 new
April 28, 2022: 8 known positive cases, 7 new
April 21, 2022: 7 known positive cases, 7 new
April 14, 2022: 3 known positive cases, 3 new
April 7, 2022: 1 known positive case, 1 new
March 31, 2022: 0 known positive cases
March 24, 2022: 0 known positive cases
March 17, 2022: 3 known positive cases, 3 new
March 10, 2022: 1 known positive case, 1 new
March 3, 2022: 1 known positive case, 1 new
February 24, 2022: 2 known positive cases, 2 new
February 17, 2022: 1 known positive case, 1 new
February 10, 2022: 2 known positive cases, 3 new (one new and resolved between weekly reports)
February 3, 2022: 1 known positive case, 1 new
January 27, 2022: 10 known positive cases, 8 new
January 20, 2022: 5 known positive cases, 3 new
January 13, 2022: 12 known positive cases, 8 new
January 6, 2022: 4 known positive active case, 4 new
December 10, 2021: 3 known positive active case, 2 new
December 2, 2021: 7 known positive active case, 6 new
November 24, 2021: 5 known positive active case, 4 new
November 18, 2021: 2 known positive active case, 2 new
November 11, 2021: 1 known positive active case, 1 new
November 4, 2021: 0 known positive active cases, 0 new
October 28, 2021: 1 known positive active case, 0 new
October 21, 2021: 2 known positive active cases, 1 new
October 14, 2021: 1 known positive active case, 1 new
October 7, 2021: 0 known positive active cases, 0 new
September 30, 2021: 0 known positive active cases, 0 new
September 23, 2021: 1 known positive active case, 0 new
September 16, 2021: 2 known positive active cases, 0 new
September 9, 2021: 3 known positive active cases, 2 new
September 2, 2021: 1 known positive active case, 1 new
August 26, 2021: 2 known positive active cases, 1 new
August 19, 2021: 1 known positive active case, 1 new
ON-CAMPUS TEST HISTORY
March 31, 2021: 35 new tests, 0 positive
March 24, 2021: 46 new tests, 0 positive
March 17, 2021: 55 new tests, 0 positive
March 3, 2021: 73 new tests, 0 positive
February 24, 2021: 70 new tests, 0 positive
February 17, 2021: 71 new tests, 0 positive
February 10, 2021: 65 new tests, 0 positive
February 3, 2021: 82 new tests, 2 positive
January 27, 2021: 74 new tests, 0 positive
January 20, 2021: 70 new tests, 1 positive
January 11, 2021: 96 new tests, 0 positive
November 30, 2020: 152 new tests, 0 positive
November 16, 2020: 82 new tests, 2 positive
November 9, 2020: 83 new tests, 2 positive
November 5, 2020: 111 new tests, 6 positive
October 26, 2020: 91 new tests, 0 positive
October 19, 2020: 92 new tests, 1 positive
October 12, 2020: 99 new tests, 2 positive
February 28, 2022
Update to MIAD’s Mask Policy
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have made many decisions regarding college operations with the best information available at the time. The health of our community has been of utmost importance. We appreciate the input and work of so many during the pandemic.
On Friday, the CDC announced changes in mask guidelines using hospitalizations as the primary metric for community safety, and based on this new guidance Milwaukee County is now eligible to remove masks. The City of Milwaukee mask requirement expires at the end of February, and MIAD’s requirement will do so as well. Face masks will no longer be required starting March 1, but anyone can continue to wear a mask.
Local and CDC data show that the risks of COVID-19 in the community are less severe than they were a year ago and the current Omicron wave has peaked and is in recession. The Omicron variant causes less severe illness and the availability of home testing allows individuals to quickly determine the need to be isolated or quarantined. In addition, vaccinations, treatments, extensive testing resources and an understanding of the virus and how it spreads are available to all. Based on a January 2022 survey to the MIAD community, 93% of respondents indicated they were fully vaccinated.
As we update this policy, please note:
- Anyone may choose to wear a mask and maintain social distance from others on campus, and we should respect an individual’s choice.
- If you are immunocompromised or are at high risk for severe disease, talk to your health care provider to determine if you should continue to wear a mask.
- MIAD will continue to have KN95 masks available.
- MIAD will continue to have rapid tests available.
- Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
- People with symptoms or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
- MIAD will continue its isolation and quarantine policy and procedures for those that test positive for COVID-19.
- MIAD will continue to work with Hayat Pharmacy to provide COVID-19 booster shots on campus periodically. If additional boosters are needed, we will work to provide them to students and employees.
- The vaccination status of another individual is a private matter. MIAD faculty, staff, and students should not inquire about the vaccination status of another or attempt to enforce mask wearing for those believed to be unvaccinated.
- If another variant changes the landscape, or community cases rise, we will reconsider mask / social distancing practices using local and national health department guidance.
MIAD Senior Staff, with assistance from the COVID-19 Working Group, used Wisconsin Department of Health Services data and CDC County Community Transmission data to make its determination. Data on reductions in positive daily cases, 7-day average positivity, hospitalization and deaths are available via these sites:
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/data.htm
- Centers for Disease Control County Community Transmission data:
- Center for Disease Control COVID by County new guidance:
- Milwaukee County COVD-19 Dashboard:
We thank everyone for their continued efforts as we transition from the pandemic to the endemic phase of COVID-19.
Important announcement about COVID-19 and changes to spring semester classes
Sent on behalf of MIAD Senior Leadership, Jan. 1, 2022
Dear MIAD Students,
We are once again faced with a choice between less-than-ideal options. COVID-19 cases in the United States, including Wisconsin, and especially in Milwaukee County are surging past record levels.
Given the rapid spread of Omicron and the state of the pandemic in Wisconsin and Milwaukee County, MIAD Senior Leadership has made the difficult decision to move the first two weeks of classes to a virtual format to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
We know this is a different start to the semester than everyone had anticipated, but we believe it is necessary to keep our community safe.
The following protocols will be followed for the beginning of the semester:
- The first two weeks of classes, through January 24, 2022, will be virtual.
- Students may return to campus, including to all MIAD housing, at their discretion.
- IMPORTANTIt is likely that we will not have enough isolation spaces for all students who test positive for COVID-19 during this time, so students who return to campus need to be prepared to isolate and quarantine in place with roommates.
- Everyone will continue to wear masks and social distance on campus to maintain a safe environment for everyone.
- Student Services will remain in place, but some services may be virtual during the first two weeks. More information on this is forthcoming.
- Studios and common spaces will be open for students.
- Lab access will be limited during the first two weeks of classes.
- No scheduled training or certification will take place in any of the labs the first two weeks of the semester.
- An email will be sent with each lab’s hours of access in the first week of January.
- There will be limited food service in the MIAD cafeteria during the first two weeks of the semester. More information on this is forthcoming.
- On Monday, December 27, the CDC changed isolation and quarantine recommendations from 10 days to 5 days. MIAD is evaluating these recommendations and will update its Isolation & Quarantine protocols in early January.
For context of factors considered, here are the numbers:
- Milwaukee County has a positivity rate of 34.5%, and total tests are increasing.
- Milwaukee County’s overall positivity is skyrocketing
- On Thursday, Wisconsin hit an all-time daily high of 8,913 positives.
- Milwaukee area hospitalizations are up 31% in a week, but deaths are down.
- As of December 25, 68.1% of new covid positives in the region are the Omicron variant:
- Omicron is far more transmissible than prior variants.
- Omicron appears to be a milder, less severe variant.
- In the next few weeks, hospitalizations will increase due to Delta and the high volume of Omicron. The Omicron variant is resulting in breakthrough positive cases among vaccinated individuals.
- Given the speed of this new variant, early indicators are that it will peak in mid-to-late January, but that’s speculative.
We know this represents a change to how we all planned to start the semester, but we appreciate how the MIAD community has taken the virus seriously, and hope we will continue to keep each other safe and healthy.
As a reminder, MIAD strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated if you are able and get a booster when you are eligible. The first two weeks of January will be very fluid and MIAD will provide updated information as soon as it is available. We encourage everyone in our community to treat each other with kindness and respect as we make the adjustments needed to ensure the health and safety of those around us.
COVID-19 Vaccination Resources
Learn where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Milwaukee.
Updated January 2, 2022
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE COVID-19 Symptoms,
have been exposed to COVID-19,
or have tested positive for COVID-19?
MIAD uses CDC guidelines and works directly with the Milwaukee Health Department to determine the proper course of action for each exposure, for contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine. Guidance changes regularly, so the first step for anyone in the MIAD community is to contact the following:
- Students: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Employees: Contact Dusty Hoot, email@example.com
Our COVID-19 Response Team will work with you and the Milwaukee Health Department to determine the proper course of action. This chart will help you understand the current protocols, as of January 5, 2022. Use this chart to assist you understand the current COVID-19 protocols:
MIAD continues its commitment to maintaining a safe working and learning environment. A survey of MIAD faculty, staff and students was completed in January 2022 and the results show that 92.5% of the MIAD community is fully vaccinated, much higher than the surrounding community. New CDC guidance recommends that in any county with a high rate of transmission, citizens wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Milwaukee County, as well as adjoining counties, are currently classified as high risk. While vaccines are highly effective at preventing serious illness and death from the Delta variant, there is evidence of increased risk for vaccinated individuals carrying and transmitting the virus.
To align with new CDC guidelines and the 2022 Milwaukee Mask Mandate, MIAD has revised its policy as of January 20, 2022. View the full MIAD Face Mask Policy here. A summary is below:
The general rule: If you are in the presence of another person inside the MIAD building, you are required to wear a mask.
- N95, KN95 and KF94 masks are now preferred, but not required. MIAD has a supply of KN95 masks available at the security guard desk. Face shields with masks, neck gaiters, and bandanas are no longer acceptable. Face shields can be worn in addition to a mask.
- Individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will continue to wear masks at all times, except while alone in a private office.
- Individuals who are fully vaccinated will wear masks in occupied classrooms, labs, meeting spaces, common areas, or any other densely populated indoor space.
- In an area, studio, lab, or classroom with low occupancy, masks can be removed as long as no one else is within 6 feet.
- Students may remove their masks within their private residence apartments.
- Masks can be removed while sitting down and eating. Maintain social distancing while eating or drinking. While walking with food or drink, continue to wear a mask.
- Food service staff will be subject to any local Health Department requirements that supersede this policy.
- Masks are not required outdoors, but students and staff should use common sense social distancing precautions, even outdoors.
- Faculty or staff may ask anyone not complying with these rules to leave the classroom/lab/area. If a student is removed from a class for not wearing a mask, it can be considered an unexcused absence from class. Any concerns with faculty or staff should be directed to the Director of Human Resources.
- Construction sites temporarily become the property of the contractor; contractors will determine the proper mask policy for their employees within those spaces. Construction workers outside of the designated construction site will follow the MIAD mask policy on campus.
- Campus visitors will wear masks during their visit, regardless of vaccination status.
MIAD senior leadership will continue to monitor the situation in Milwaukee weekly and make adjustments as necessary throughout the academic year. MIAD will follow CDC guidelines for Milwaukee and adjoining counties.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
- From the World Health Organization
- World Health Organization Daily Reports
- From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- City of Milwaukee Health Department
- Tips for Coping with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Concerns
- CDC Travel Guide
- Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”