Safer Badgers - Badger Badge Messages and Alerts

This document outlines what users will see on their Safer Badgers application after testing positive for COVID-19 or recently coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

General Message

General message all users who test positive or come into close contact with someone who tests positive will see

General next step message

For positives prior to January 11, 2021


  • Individuals who tested positive on campus in between October 27, 2020 - January 10, 2021

  • Individuals who tested positive off-campus from October 27, 2020 - January 10, 2021 prior to our new testing regimen and reported their result to UW-Madison during the fall semester.


  • These users received an exemption through the app in early January, so they would be exempt from testing for 90 days since the date of their positive test.

  • They will receive a message/action at day 91 (test collection day = day 0) that will keep their badge green and provide instructions on how to resume testing.
  • We are also working on sending all users an updated message with specifics when their exemptions will expire. However, this has not yet been implemented.

Badge Examples:

When exemption was sent

Note: *You’ll note that you can see a “June 10, 2021” date in the Next Step. Individuals should ignore this date. This is automatically set in the app to be 150 days since the exemption was sent.

Exemption sent

When exemption is turned off

(example where exemption ended on 2/15 for a staff member)

Exemption turned off

For positives since the new testing regimen (January 11, 2021)


  • Individuals who tested positive on January 11, 2021 or later through campus testing
  • Individuals who tested positive and submitted their positive test result through the app and had it approved


  • Their test exemption logic is handled through the app. They will be exempt from testing for the 90 days since the date of their past positive.
  • However, for their badge to stay green, they need to have a negative test on file before the end of this 90-day period.

  • Of note, their “Next Steps” will say the same message through Day 90 (even if they obtained a negative test result on Day 89, for example). However, if they received a negative test result shortly before their exemption expires, there badge will stay green when their exemption expires

Badge Examples:

Example of home page for a end user who tested positive on January 16, 2021

User who tested positive after January 16

Close Contact Identified through Contact Tracing (aka sent to quarantine)


Anyone identified as a close contact to a positive case through contact tracing AND who has not been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks

Badge Examples:

Close Contact Badge Example

Will my Badger Badge status change once I'm vaccinated?

Safer Badgers app users who have vaccination information on file with UHS and are considered fully vaccinated will have their Badger Badge status change to green/Building Access granted. Users are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or two weeks after receiving their dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This criteria will be updated when/if more vaccines are approved. Users should receive the message in-app: "You are not required to participate in UW-Madison COVID-19 testing at this time. UHS has documentation supporting your COVID-19 vaccination status. Continue to wear a mask and physically distance. Test and isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Show your Badger Badge for building access. Watch Safer Badgers for testing updates. If your badge is not green/Building Access Granted, test on campus as soon as you can. Once you have a green badge it will not expire." For information on how to upload your immunization records to UHS, please consult: I was vaccinated off-campus. How do I let UHS know?

Badger Badge after vaccination

Additional Help

For more information on the COVID-19 measures on campus, please see COVID-19 Response.

For more information on Safer Badgers, please see Safer Badgers.

If you have questions, please email

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Keywords:app badge badger badgerbadge badgers code coronavirus covid covid19 covid-19, positive test, contact tracing, positive   Doc ID:109613
Owner:Kab K.Group:Safer Badgers
Created:2021-03-09 21:02 CDTUpdated:2021-05-17 11:41 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Safer Badgers
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