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UW-Madison discusses new COVID plan in place

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MADISON (WKOW) -- We're now just four days away from the spring semester beginning at UW-Madison.

University officials are providing a closer look at their new COVID mitigation plan.

The "Safer Badgers" program requires two COVID tests a week, triples the test sites available and expands hours.

The program also adds saliva testing. Things like appointments and results can be tracked with a phone app, which includes a badger badge that will be used to access buildings starting next week.

"I think the combination of both the testing strategy and the technology will, allow us to be more responsive. And, and then, therefore, you will contain the spread, if it should, if we should start to experience it," said Jake Baggot, Executive Director of University Health Services.

Staff and students say they believed the ambitious plan will help them avoid the spike in cases the university experienced at the start of the fall semester. The spring semester starts next Monday.

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