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Blugold Flight Plan Update: Feb. 25 edition

This weekly newsletter contains important information about UW-Eau Claire’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and offers Blugolds details on how to access key resources and assist others on our campuses and in our communities.

UW-Eau Claire to hold vaccine clinic for 100 eligible Blugolds at Zorn Arena
An invitation-only vaccine clinic will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Zorn Arena. A group of prioritized eligible faculty, staff and a small number of eligible students have been invited to receive the first dose of the vaccine. Due to the scarcity of the vaccine, a limited number of eligible Blugolds will be able to take advantage of the first in what may be a series of vaccine clinics on campus this spring. Antigen testing will not be available Wednesday afternoon to accommodate the temporary vaccine clinic. The UW-Eau Claire team continues to work closely with the City-County Health Department to determine when vaccines can be available for all faculty, staff and students. As Information about COVID-19 vaccines continues to evolve, an excellent source of information about eligible populations and how individuals can make a vaccine appointment at area health providers, can be found on the Eau Claire County COVID-19 website. A page detailing the vaccination phases and a  link to setting up an appointment with your health care provider can be found here.

Blugold Protocol app update will offer users ability to include vaccine detail
Faculty, staff and students will soon have the ability to add vaccine detail into the Blugold Protocol app. This enhancement will be added to the app in early March. Thanks to the hard work of UW-Eau Claire’s Learning and Technology Services team, the update will allow users to add specific vaccine types and dates of inoculation on a new page within the app. A shoutout to all Blugolds who continue to do an excellent job of monitoring their health through Blugold Protocol this semester.

Students living off campus can take advantage of weekend testing at Zorn
Students living off campus are required to take an antigen test every other week this semester, and to help students meet that requirement, the university has expanded opportunities for testing. Students who live off campus can be tested on Saturdays and Sundays. Students living off campus can register to take an antigen test at Zorn Arena during the week or on the weekends. Off-campus students can take advantage of the testing available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays by registering here. All students are reminded to bring their Blugold ID and a phone on which they can access email to their testing appointments at Zorn Arena.

Masks are mandatory: Follow your Blugold Flight Plan
Thanks to all Blugolds who are testing at Zorn Arena, filling out the Blugold Protocol app each day and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from their fellow Blugolds. As a reminder, all Blugolds must wear a mask on campus. Masks are required and a part of university policy, so fly right and follow the Blugold Flight Plan.

Students can receive tuition credit for work in state health care organizations 
UW-Eau Claire students who worked in Wisconsin health care organizations have until March 31 to register to receive a $500 tuition credit. The program was open to UW System students who met health care licensure and certification requirements for their work between Dec. 1, 2020, and Feb. 1, 2021. Learn more about the program.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, Feb. 25)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 113,304,773
United States: 28,988,209
Wisconsin: 614,260
Eau Claire County: 11,264
Barron County: 5,466
Wood County: 7,115

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on March 4.

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