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January 20, 2021

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Safer Badgers Employee Forum on Thursday

An online forum for employees and graduate students will be held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 21. Panelists will provide information on the new COVID-19 testing requirements, the Safer Badgers app, access to campus facilities, and other aspects of the spring semester health and safety program. The forum will be broadcast live on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewdRLj145_Y, and will be available for viewing later at the same online location. Employees are invited to submit questions via email to chancellor@wisc.edu. Please include "Safer Badgers employee forum" in the subject line.
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Employees Sought to Serve as Paid Volunteers for Campus Testing Program

University Health Services anticipates that they will administer up to 70,000 tests weekly in the campus COVID-19 testing program. Significant staffing will be required to support the testing program throughout the spring semester. To help make this program a success, UW–Madison employees are being invited to voluntarily dedicate some of their paid working hours as COVID-19 Health Technicians. Health Technicians assist with the collection of test samples, prepare the test site and equipment, and perform administrative duties. They do not do any actual testing. Every employee serving as a Health Technician will wear full personal protective equipment (PPE). Training will be provided. Details are available at hr.wisc.edu/covid19/testing-program-volunteers.
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Safer Badgers App Now Found in Google Play Store

Android users can now download the Safer Badgers app from the Google Play Store. The app is the main tool students, faculty, and staff will use to schedule COVID-19 tests, track test results, and gain access to campus spaces. All members of the campus community are encouraged to download the Safer Badgers app as soon as possible from the App Store (for iOS) or Google Play (for Android). Instructions for installing the app and other details are available at saferbadgers.wisc.edu.
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Tips for Avoiding a Rejected COVID-19 Saliva Test

Students, faculty, and staff are now participating in a new, saliva-based COVID-19 testing program in preparation for the start of the spring semester. Those who follow the guidelines and suggestions are more likely to have a successful saliva test. Tips and FAQs about the saliva-based testing can be found on the Covid Response website at covidresponse.wisc.edu.
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W-2 Forms Now Available Online

Electronic 2020 W-2 Forms are now available online on MyUW at https://my.wisc.edu. Employees will receive a paper copy of the W-2 Form via U.S. mail by February 1, 2021. Paper copies are mailed to all employees except those who chose electronic-only delivery of their W-2 Form by January 18, 2021.
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