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Blugold Flight Plan Update: April 8 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.

FEMA-supported vaccine clinic at Zorn Arena opens doors to all students
A mass vaccination clinic for COVID-19 opened earlier this afternoon at Zorn Arena, and now that everyone 16 and older is eligible to receive the vaccine, all Blugolds should visit to make an appointment. 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. The clinic is open from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and thousands of doses of vaccine are available each week, so make an appointment today. The hours of the clinic will expand later this month. 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, and 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 are able to assist the vaccine team 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.

Some students eligible to take advantage of Wisconsin FoodShare program
UW-Eau Claire students who are enrolled at least half time and meet specific criteria can now participate in the Wisconsin FoodShare program and receive assistance to purchase groceries during the pandemic. The provision loosening federal restrictions on students was included in the recently passed COVID-19 relief bill. “Many young adults have struggled to find or keep jobs during the pandemic, and that loss of income has made it harder to afford basic necessities like food,” said Wisconsin Department of Health Services interim secretary Karen Timberlake. “By providing these benefits, we will help eligible students avoid hunger so they can focus on finishing their educational programs. Their success enriches our state as a whole.” Read more details about the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announcement.

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

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, April 8)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 134,225,302
United States: 31,696,739
Wisconsin: 642,757
Eau Claire County: 11,649
Barron County: 5,727
Wood County: 7,273

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on April 15.

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