Active cases
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
includes faculty/staff and students, both on and off campus
Last updated 05/13/2022

Total: Total number of cases (Active and Recovered) among Students, Faculty, and Staff, both on and off campus, since tracking began for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Active: Positive cases not yet recovered.
Recovered: Able to resume normal activities.

As of Friday, May 13, 2022, we have suspended tracking cases for the 2021-2022 Academic Year.

To date, no cases of COVID-19 among the community of Edgewood College have required hospitalization. 



Return to Better

We are committed to a return to classes on campus and in-person when the 2021-‘22 academic year gets underway.

Our students expect to engage with our outstanding faculty and with one another – both in and out of the classroom – and they expect to do that in-person, in one of the best college towns in America – Madison.  That's why we are committed to teaching and learning in classrooms, and in-person, this fall.

Our Return to Better Task Force is taking steps to make that happen - not to return to ‘normal,’ but to return to better, applying all the lessons we have learned and continue to learn through the experience of the pandemic.

Protocol Update - Masks Required Indoors

August 4, 2021

We are not out of this pandemic. Effective Thursday, August 5, 2021, masks are required inside campus buildings for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This requirement applies to everyone - those who are fully-vaccinated, and those who are not. As a valued member of the community, you will hear when this latest update to our protocol is no longer necessary. We do this for each other, because from the beginning of this pandemic, we have shown each other and Greater Madison that we live our values of Community and Compassion.

Again - getting vaccinated – for all who are eligible – is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We urge each member of our community to be vaccinated. 

-Dr. Heather Harbach
V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students


July 1, 2021

As a community we have followed the guidance of our public health professionals since the beginning of this pandemic. The CDC and the Wis. Department of Health Services recommends that all who are eligible be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Therefore, we too are strongly urging each member of our community to be vaccinated.

Students – we have created a simple form for you to update your COVID-19 vaccination status, and have sent you the link via email. You will indicate whether you have been vaccinated, whether you plan to but have not yet, or whether you do not plan to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Please complete this simple form now, and no later than Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021.

There will be continued updates for students as we approach our fall semester, including some very attractive reasons for completing the form. (Did someone say ‘big scholarships?’ And ‘free parking spaces?’) Please remember to check your email often throughout the summer.

If you have any questions, please email If you need assistance finding a vaccination appointment, reach out, we are here to help! 

Enjoy your summer!

-Dr. Heather Harbach
V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students

Student, Faculty, and Staff Pledge 2020-21

Preventing the spread

In order to do everything we can to keep all of our community as safe as possible, the Edgewood College community will adhere to a number of safety protocols during the 2020-2021 Academic Year as a way of minimizing risk of the spread of COVID-19. These protocols are based on guidelines provided by Public Health Madison Dane County.

As a member of this Community, I will…

  • Wash my hands properly and regularly.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes.
  • Comply with posted Public Health Madison Dane County requirements.  
  • Wear a mask covering my nose and mouth while in indoor spaces.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Assist in the use of disinfectant wipes to clean shared public workspaces prior to use.
  • Take reasonable precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19 both on- and off-campus.
  • Avoid public places and minimize interpersonal contacts if I have been exposed or have any symptoms of any illness.
  • Report any potential exposure or symptoms to the College and follow any instructions to seek medical care or to quarantine.
  • Agree to be tested for COVID-19, as prescribed by health care professionals. Agree to be cooperative and flexible as we work together to support one another and give our community the best balance of learning and safety.

COVID-19 Reporting for 2020-21

We tracked positive cases of COVID-19 beginning in August of 2020. Data includes students, faculty, and staff. This data includes both on-campus and off-campus students, faculty, and staff. We reached a peak of active cases (28) on September 19-20, 2020. 

For 2020-21, we managed a total of 171 positive cases. None of those cases are associated with on-campus transmission. No case required hospitalization, and all cases reported as recovered.



Covid-19 Updates

These pages are a resource for students, parents, and our entire community.


An Update for Fall 2020

Dear Students and Colleagues – 

Given that we have a holiday coming up, and it’s a short work week, I wanted to get this weekly update out a bit earlier than has been our previous practice.

The safety protocols established by the Fall 2020 Task Force have passed their first test. Just as our campus is not immune from the virus of racism, we are not immune from COVID-19. We have had two cases – unrelated – of community members testing positive for the virus. In each case the exposures took place off-campus. In one of the cases our community member was on campus on two days in recent weeks. I’m pleased to report that the two individuals have indicated that so far their symptoms are mild. 

We have been planning for this; it’s irresponsible to do otherwise. We have protocols in place, guided by Public Health Madison & Dane County, that we followed in these cases. We will continue to follow those protocols. They are available online, and are updated regularly. 

The Public Health Madison & Dane County definition of ‘contact’ with an infected person includes being within 6 feet of the person for a total of fifteen minutes or more. No one on campus meets this definition of ‘contact.’ Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, anyone who had any encounter with that community member on campus (regardless of brevity) has been notified by our Human Resources colleagues of the potential for exposure to the virus. If you have not been contacted, you are not at additional risk. I’d like to express my gratitude to both community members for reaching out to healthcare professionals, and to public health officials. The protocols work. 

There’s an important point here as well: what we do away from campus counts just as much as what we do when we’re on campus. Especially as we move into the summer, and enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day holiday, I urge all of us to be thoughtful in our interactions with each other. Research has consistently shown and public health officials continue to advise that wearing a mask and following social distancing is effective in limiting the spread of the virus. 

Just this morning, Dane County has issued a new order limiting gatherings, bar and restaurant activity. That order goes into effect at 8:00 am tomorrow morning. We will follow the direction of our public health professionals to the letter. I urge you to do the same. 

Next week we’ll get an update from the Academic Task Force. Margaret Noreuil, Interim V.P. for Academic Affairs, is leading that group, which includes faculty, staff in the Office of the Registrar and in ITSO, and colleagues from Facilities. They are working to ensure we maximize our technology, our size, and our expertise in teaching and learning to deliver the best possible learning environment for our students.  

Until then - we will continue to wear masks while inside campus buildings (as we do today) this fall. And I ask you to do the same when you go out in public places – this weekend and through the summer.

Be well!

Cor ad cor loquitur.
-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D., President