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Blugold Flight Plan Update: Feb. 18 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.

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. Beginning Saturday, 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. to 5 p.m. on 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.

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.

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  Additional information about portraits in the university photo studio can be found here.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, Feb. 18)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 110,769,877
United States: 28,506,607
Wisconsin: 610,055
Eau Claire County: 11,199
Barron County: 5,414
Wood County: 7,076

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on Feb. 25.

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