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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

UW-Eau Claire’s Response to COVID-19

We are in close contact with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, Barron County Health Department and other local entities regarding preparedness and response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Our goal is to assure that all our students, faculty and staff remain safe and healthy and that we continue to provide the high-quality education that defines UW-Eau Claire.

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Campus welcomes students back for spring semester

UW-Eau Claire will begin its spring semester on Feb. 1, and students living on campus are invited to return to residence halls on Jan. 23. Students living on campus can return to their residence halls beginning on Jan. 23, which will allow time for Blugolds to take antigen tests prior to the start of the semester.

The spring semester will include in-person instruction, remote learning and hybrid classes featuring a combination of in-person instruction and remote learning. The semester concludes with final exams ending May 14. The semester will not include a spring break in March due to the pandemic.

Watch this page for updates in the coming days as additional details are shared about the spring semester.

UW-Eau Claire is expanding its free antigen testing for COVID-19 to some students who live off campus. Since September, UW-Eau Claire has processed more than 7,500 tests from students who live in on-campus residence halls.

COVID-19 testing expands to all UW-Eau Claire students

Beginning Jan. 23, all UW-Eau Claire students will be required to take a free, rapid-result COVID-19 test through the end of the spring semester.

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Information and resources

Chancellor's Briefings for students, faculty, staff and families

Stop the Spread: Viruses don’t discriminate

Stop the Spread poster

We want to remind campus that while some around the world have attached racist tropes to COVID-19, science proves that viruses don’t discriminate. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Equity in Student Matters Commission created a downloadable flyer with helpful tips on how to stop the spread of the virus. If you are the target of bias incident, please submit a BIRT report at the link below.

As always, our priority is your safety and we want to help you navigate through this difficult time.

More information for prospective students and families

For your safety as well as the safety of our staff and campus community, our tour groups will be capped at 10 people and all attendees will be required to wear a mask. These visits are subject to change based on guidelines set forth in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to have virtual visit options available as well.

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UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 news archive 

Jan. 21: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Jan. 14: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Jan. 7: Blugold Flight Plan Update

Dec. 17: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Dec. 10: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Dec. 3: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Nov. 19: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Nov. 12: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Nov. 5: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Oct. 29: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Oct. 22: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Oct. 15: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Oct. 8: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Oct. 1: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Sept. 24: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Sept. 17: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Sept. 10: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Sept. 4: Chancellor thanks Blugolds after encouraging first week of semester
Sept. 3: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Aug. 27: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Aug. 20: UW System COVID-19 testing protocols announced
Aug. 20: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Aug. 13: Blugold Flight Plan Update
Aug. 6: Blugold Flight Plan Update
July 23: COVID-19 campus update
July 9: COVID-19 campus update
June 25: COVID-19 campus update
May 21: COVID-19 campus update
May 19: COVID-19 campus update
May 14: COVID-19 campus update
May 12: COVID-19 campus update
May 7: COVID-19 campus update
May 5: COVID-19 campus update
April 30: COVID-19 campus update
April 28: COVID-19 campus update
April 23: COVID-19 campus update
April 17: Provost sends student academic updates for spring 2020
April 16: COVID-19 campus update
April 14: COVID-19 campus update
April 13: Student employees to receive $200 payment
April 9: COVID-19 campus update
April 7: COVID-19 campus update
April 2: COVID-19 campus update
March 31: COVID-19 campus update
March 26: COVID-19 campus update
March 24: COVID-19 campus update
March 20 update: Study abroad student tests positive for COVID-19
March 15: Chancellor updates Blugolds on steps being taken to address COVID-19
March 15 update: Changes to campus staffing for COVID-19
March 13: Chancellor assembles COVID-19 work groups
March 13: Student leaders take active role in decision to suspend in-person classes
March 12 Chancellor Schmidt press conference
March 12 COVID-19 Update
March 12 Chancellor video message
March 12 COVID-19 information forum: Livestream recording
March 11 evening update: COVID-19 information session set for March 12
March 11 update: Campus team considering options, monitoring recommendations
March 5 update: Campus team working closely with Eau Claire City-County Health Department
March 2 Update: Impact of coronavirus on study abroad
Feb. 28 Update: Impact of coronavirus on study abroad
Feb. 13 update: Campus travel update related to COVID-19 (new coronavirus) outbreak

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