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Blugold Flight Plan Update: Feb. 11 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.

State launches new vaccine data dashboard to track progress across Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services unveiled a new online dashboard that offers users a comprehensive look at vaccine data by county across Wisconsin. The data includes an overview of vaccine distribution by county and demographic details about the populations that have received the vaccine. You can find the county vaccine detail here.

Eau Claire County COVID-19 webpage details vaccine information
UW-Eau Claire continues to work closely with the City-County Health Department to determine when vaccines can be available for our 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.

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. 

Blugolds reminded to allow 30 minutes for testing at Zorn Arena
Thousands of students, faculty and staff have taken advantage of the rapid antigen testing in the first few days of the semester, and all Blugolds visiting the Zorn Arena Testing Center should plan on taking 30 minutes out of their schedule to allow adequate time to receive results. From start to finish, the antigen tests and results should not take longer than 30 minutes. Blugolds should also bring their campus ID and a smartphone to ensure they are able to access the test results via email before leaving the testing center.

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.

Professional studio headshots available for students this semester
Due to the pandemic, walk-in studio portraits for students will not be available this semester. The university photo staff is happy to offer professional headshots for students by appointment on Thursdays between 10 a.m. and noon. To ensure physical distancing, students are required to make a reservation by contacting photo@uwec.edu. Additional information about portraits in the university photo studio can be found here.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, Feb. 11)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 108,029,845
United States: 27,906,565
Wisconsin: 603,255
Eau Claire County: 11,097
Barron County: 5,344
Wood County: 6,989

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on Feb. 18.

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