The University of Wisconsin System will expand its testing of campus communities, including UW-Superior, during the upcoming spring semester.

Undergraduate students who live in campus housing will be tested at least once a week, while non-residential students and all faculty and staff will be tested at least once every two weeks, according to a news release from the UW System.

UW System President Tommy Thompson announced the spring testing plan Friday. The UW System's return-to-campus plan in the fall included testing residential students every two weeks. Employees and students living off campus were not included in that original testing plan.

The expanded plan applies to all universities within the system, except for UW-Madison, which will develop its own testing program.

Employees who do not work on campus will not need to follow the testing requirements.

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Implementation of the testing plan will be individually managed by the universities.

Spring semester begins Jan. 20 at UW-Superior. The last day of the fall semester is Dec. 21.

“Frequent testing is critical to minimizing the spread of COVID-19,” Thompson said in the news release. “We have demonstrated at our universities, where the positivity rate has hovered around 3% for weeks, that routine testing is a difference maker. The UW System’s testing program has been pivotal toward ensuring a successful in-person fall semester, and we will do even more this spring given how well it has gone.”