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.


Fall 2020 Update - A Fall Challenge, and a Reminder

Dear Students and Colleagues – 

The trees here on campus are well into their fall foliage, and the view from my office is spectacular. The vibrant reds and oranges remind me that, while not always as predictable as the changing leaves, change is inevitable. This year, COVID-19 has required us to make significant changes to the way we operate. We’ve seen the virus wage a deadly war throughout our state and county, and even make its way through the highest levels of our national government. We pray that everyone infected makes a full recovery, and we are reminded that we must remain vigilant. I'm happy to report that our own numbers, as indicated on our COVID-19 web page, continue to remain manageable, and I have all of you to thank for that. More importantly, none of the COVID-19 cases among our students has required hospitalization, and we should all be grateful for that. Members of the cabinet and I are working with the faculty and staff on developing the calendar for the spring semester. While reports of progress on the development of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 are encouraging, it is very unlikely that we will be back to “normal” operations by spring semester. We will report on our plans within the next couple of weeks.

The COVID-19 pandemic and other local and national events remind us that leadership matters. We are less than a month from November 3rd, which is Election Day. I am very proud that, for the past two years, Washington Monthly has named Edgewood College to its “Best for Student Voting List,” a ranking based on voter registration and voting rates among students, participation in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, and other measures. We were one of only 80 institutions (out of more than 1400 U.S. four-year colleges and universities) to make that list. This year, I challenge you to keep the success going and cast your ballot, either via absentee or in-person. Due to restrictions placed on Edgewood College by our status as a not-for-profit organization, we are not permitted to endorse any party or particular candidate in local, state, or national elections. However, we can (and DO) encourage participation in the election. Don’t sit on the sideline; participate in our democracy. Make a plan, cast your vote.

I am happy to report that Edgewood College has been approached by the Madison City Clerk's Office to serve as an in-person voting location this year. We are now finalizing arrangements to serve as a polling place for our local precinct, utilizing the necessary COVID-19 safety precautions. Stay tuned for further details as Election Day approaches.

Finally, I want you to know that I see how hard you are working every day, and I greatly appreciate those efforts. I know, without any breaks, this semester is a long one and taxing on students, faculty, and staff. I would like to remind you that the last day for in-class meetings will be November 24, the Tuesday of Thanksgiving week...and point out that we are more than half way to that date. After that, classes and exams will be conducted remotely and will be completed by Friday, December 11. Residence Halls and Dining Services will remain open for anyone who wants to complete the rest of the semester on campus. I applaud your perseverance in getting the work done, and your dedication to maintaining proper social distancing protocols and wearing your mask when in the presence of others. We’ve done so well in curbing the spread of this relentless disease because we’ve done it as a community. We’ve looked out for one another and put the wellbeing of each other above all else. For that, I am grateful.

Be well.

Cor ad cor loquitur.

-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D., President