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Student updates and information regarding COVID-19

Keeping our Blugolds safe

Your health and safety are our top priorities. This page includes the latest information about COVID-19 protocols on our campus, important details regarding the fall 2021 semester, and vaccine information. To stay in the know, please visit this page frequently.

COVID-19 vaccine information and appointments

Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine and how to make an appointment to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.

Why Blugolds are getting vaccinated

A mass vaccination clinic, in partnership between UW-Eau Claire, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and FEMA, is underway to provide COVID-19 vaccine doses to Blugolds and the community. Hear why Blugolds are committed to keeping themselves and others safe. 

2021-2022 academic year information and details

UWEC COVID-19 testing and quarantine resources

COVID-19 testing information

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

Students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must contact Student Health Service at 715-836-5075 or visit www.doineedacovid19test.com to schedule a PCR testing appointment. Students should not go to Hilltop Lounge or Student Health Service if they are experiencing symptoms, rather they must call in advance to make an appointment. This is an important point for everyone’s safety.

Eau Claire Campus

COVID-19 testing is free for all UWEC students at Student Health Service (by appointment only) if you have:

  • a temp of 100 degrees or higher
  • symptoms related to COVID-19
  • had contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus

Student Health Service (SHS) 
Hotline for questions or to schedule an appointment: 715-836-5075 | covidinfo@uwec.edu
*Please CALL the office and do not go to the Student Health Service in person if you are experiencing symptoms.

Students may also choose to have their personal health care provider conduct the testing. 

Additional testing sites

In addition to Student Health Service, there are three sites all less than a mile from campus that offer COVID-19 testing by appointment:

Mayo Clinic Health System
507-293-9525 
mayoclinichealthsystem.org

Prevea
715-717-4582 
myprevea.com

Marshfield Clinic
844-342-6276 
marshfieldclinic.org

Learn more about COVID-19 testing sites throughout Eau Claire

Marshfield Campus

Students experiencing the following symptoms should not hesitate to contact Student Health Service (SHS), Marshfield Clinic, or your primary provider as testing must be done: 

  • a temp of 100 degrees or higher
  • symptoms related to COVID-19
  • had contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus

Student Health Service (SHS) 
Hotline for questions or to schedule an appointment: 715-836-5075 | covidinfo@uwec.edu
*Please CALL the office and do not go to the Student Health Service in person if you are experiencing symptoms.

Marshfield Clinic 
Nurseline for questions or to schedule an appointment: 844-342-6276  

Additional testing sites

There are additional options for obtaining a COVID-19 test by appointment. Stay tuned to your local health department for community testing events. You can also check the WI DHS page for community testing sites by county.

www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/ community-testing.htm

http://www.marshfieldclinic.org/ patient-resources/patient-testing

Rice Lake Campus

Testing is available at the locations listed below if you have: 

  • a temp of 100 degrees or higher
  • symptoms related to COVID-19
  • had contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus

Testing sites

Student Health Service (SHS) 
Hotline for questions or to schedule an appointment: 715-836-5075 | covidinfo@uwec.edu 
*Please CALL the office and do not go to the Student Health Service in person if you are experiencing symptoms.

Care Here Clinic
877-423-1330 
carehere.com

Cumberland Healthcare
715-822-7500 
cumberlandhealthcare.com

Marshfield Clinic Health System 
844-342-6276 
marshfieldclinic.org

Mayo Clinic Health System
715-537-3186 
mayoclinichealthsystem.org

Prevea Health
715-717-4582 
myprevea.com

What should I do if I am exposed to COVID-19?

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested, whether vaccinated or not. Individuals who test positive and have COVID-19 symptoms should stay home until at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours have passed with no fever without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved. When they have no COVID-19 symptoms, individuals may return to campus based on the direction of the employee’s health care provider, once 10 days have passed since the positive test. Additional information on the timing of close contact with an individual who tested positive can be found on CDC Public Health Recommendations.

Unvaccinated individuals who have had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 will quarantine at home.

While a 14-day quarantine continues to be the safest and recommended option, two additional quarantine options are now allowed for some people:

  1. Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring or quarantine can end after Day 7 if the result of antigen or PCR COVID-19 test is negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring.
  2. Vaccinated individuals who have had close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 are not required to quarantine with the exception of those who provide direct patient care. Vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following exposure. If symptoms develop, they should immediately isolate, wear a face covering, contact their health care provider, and get tested.

If you test positive for COVID-19

All Blugolds who test positive for COVID-19 should inform Student Health Service, which is working closely with the Eau Claire City-County Health Department.

Blugolds continue to succeed and thrive

We know it can be challenging to attend college during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite these unprecedented times, our students were able to make the most out of a trying year. From starting their own businesses to life-changing research projects, Blugolds found ways to make a difference and accomplish incredible things. Read below to learn more about just a few of the many unique and exciting things our students achieved.

Blugolds (from left) Breida Torres Berumen, Lucy Hobbs and Claire Ganschow are capturing and preserving stories shared by Spanish-speaking populations in western Wisconsin about what life has been like during COVID-19.

Impact of COVID-19 on diverse populations

A team of UW-Eau Claire faculty and students who are studying public history, Latin American studies, Spanish and nursing are working together to capture stories about what life has been like during COVID-19 for Spanish-speaking populations in the region.

Learn more about this project
Joe Swanson has turned his passion for fishing into a thriving small business, Gold Standard Outdoors. He builds and sells custom fishing rods, something he learned to do when he was a boy.

Turning passion for fishing into a business

Joe Swanson was looking for ways to fill his days early in the pandemic when he began building more custom fishing rods, something the UW-Eau Claire senior had learned to do as a kid. A year later, he's sold 300 of them and his small business is booming.

Learn more about Joe
Campus mall winter 2020

Students gain experience during administrative residencies

More than 50 Blugolds completed yearlong administrative residencies at long-term care facilities before they graduated in May with degrees in health care administration.

Learn more about our HCAD grads

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