COVID-19 update: End of semester preparation and testing updates

Last Friday, Nov. 6, the university increased its COVID-19 alert level from Moderate to High. Information regarding changes to university protocol, including gatherings, meeting spaces and recreational sports is on Marquette Today.

As students prepare to leave campus for winter break, below is some important information related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 for the Marquette community and to help protect you and your families when you return home. Note that residence halls close at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 25.


  • The Marquette Medical Clinic will continue to provide free COVID-19 tests for symptomatic students. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive or if you received a red “stay home” screen from COVID Cheq, contact the Marquette University Medical Clinic as soon as possible at (414) 288-7184 to schedule a free COVID test.
    • Please note: the Marquette Medical Clinic will not provide testing during Thanksgiving break, Nov. 25-29.
  • Any student who wishes to be tested prior to leaving campus, but who is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has not been in close contact with someone who tested positive, can get a free test at the Miller Park COVID testing site located at 1 Brewers Way.
    • The Miller Park site is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m to 6 p.m.
    • Pre-registration is available on the City of Milwaukee website.
    • The city has provided a free shuttle to and from Miller Park, including stops at Wisconsin and 12th Street and Wisconsin and 16th Street.
    • Shuttles run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.
  • If you get tested off-campus, alert the university immediately if you are positive for COVID-19. Any student who is tested off-campus for COVID-19 and receives a positive result must complete the self-disclosure form through COVID Cheq as soon as you get your results so that proper contact tracing can take place.
  • Students who plan to fly home should check with their airline for their specific travel requirements. Be sure to leave enough time to receive a negative test result as required for travel.
  • Students who test positive or who are in quarantine due to an exposure for COVID-19 should not use public transportation to return home and should make alternative travel arrangements.

Stay healthy for your return home:

  • Wearing of masks and physical distancing is mandatory.
    Mask up and practice physical distancing when in public or even with your closest friends—indoors and outdoors. Masking works to prevent the spread and keep you healthy.
  • Identify and limit your social circle.
    By specifically identifying your social circle and limiting gatherings to a suggested circle of five friends, you limit potential spread, provide better ability for contact tracing and protect yourself, your family and your friends when you return home for break.
  • Stay home whenever possible.
    Consider virtual visits with friends and family, use telehealth when possible for doctor’s visits, use grab-and-go or delivery options for food and limit trips to the store for essential items. Avoid high-risk activities and unnecessary gatherings. The more you stay home, the more you limit potential spread.
  • If you’re sick, stay home and get tested. Not feeling well? Stay home and call the Medical Clinic.
    If you’re referred for testing, limit all activities until you receive your test results.
  • Complete COVID Cheq daily.
    Please continue to complete COVID Cheq every day, seven days a week—this includes weekends! A daily symptom check, including taking your temperature, will help you identify any change in your health.
  • Get a flu shot.
    There’s still time to get a free flu shot on campus. Make an appointment online for the final flu clinic day on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU, Lunda Room.