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Blugold Flight Plan Update: April 15 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.

Thousands inoculated in first week at Zorn Arena mass vaccination clinic
More than 3,000 people have been inoculated in the past week at Zorn Arena as the mass vaccination clinic is off to a great start. The clinic, which opened April 8, is open to everyone 16 and older. All Blugolds are encouraged to visit vaccinate.wi.gov to make an appointment. Beginning Friday, the clinic will accept walk-in appointments, but the only way to guarantee you will be able to receive a vaccine is by registering online. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA Region 5), UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire City-County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are working together to conduct the clinic, which is open from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The clinic is offering the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses. In addition to the clinic at Zorn Arena, you can visit the city-county website today to review several local vaccine providers in Eau Claire.

Volunteers needed for mass vaccination clinic at Zorn Arena
UW-Eau Claire volunteers are needed for several non-medical jobs at the mass vaccination clinic at Zorn Arena. The volunteer positions include greeting guests, checking people in and reviewing documents, recording information on an iPad and answering questions. Students are invited to apply, and faculty and staff, with supervisor approval, are allowed to work at the clinic as a volunteer during normal working hours. Hours worked at the clinic outside of an individual’s normal work schedule are not considered paid time. If you can assist at Zorn Arena, take a minute to send an email to Jodi Thesing-Ritter so you can join the team helping campus and the community get vaccinated.

Campus antigen testing taking place at McPhee Center through end of semester
All COVID-19 antigen testing on campus is taking place at the McPhee Physical Education Center to allow Zorn Arena to be used for the FEMA-supported mass vaccination clinic. Antigen testing for UW-Eau Claire faculty, staff and students will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Only people being tested will be allowed to park in the McPhee Center parking lot with no permit required. Students should use Student Health Service’s 30-minute COVID-19 Testing-designated parking stalls, with no permit required. Permit holders are asked to park where their university permits are valid. Parking regulations apply and are being enforced, and please consider using alternative modes of transportation.

Tuition credit for students working at COVID-19 vaccination sites extended
UW-Eau Claire students who worked at a vaccination site have until May 22 to submit completed forms to Blugold Central to receive a $500 tuition credit. The UW System extended the deadline for students to take advantage of this program. UW System President Tommy Thompson announced that nursing and pharmacy students who work in a Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccination site are eligible to earn the credit. Students who work in a similar situation from May 22-Aug. 31 will be eligible to take advantage of a summer tuition credit. The program is open to UW System students enrolled in a nursing or pharmacy program who work as a COVID-19 vaccinator between Jan. 1, 2021 and May 22, 2021. Learn more about the expanded program.

Vaccine detail added to updated version of Blugold Protocol app
The new version of the Blugold Protocol app is now available in both Apple and Android app stores. Please go through the update process to ensure you have the latest version, and as a reminder, all Blugolds are expected to update the app daily throughout this semester. Students enrolled in remote-instruction classes who will not visit campus this semester are exempt from using the app this spring. If you have any technical questions regarding the Blugold Protocol app, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 715-836-5711 or helpdesk@uwec.edu.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, April 15)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 139,361,009
United States: 32,162,854
Wisconsin: 648,094
Eau Claire County: 11,696
Barron County: 5,766
Wood County: 7,326

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on April 22.

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