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Blugold Flight Plan Update: Feb. 4 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.

Dr. Fauci recommends keeping Super Bowl parties small
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases and President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, warned that football fans should “call an audible” and not take part in large gatherings to celebrate Super Bowl LV. Fauci shared his concerns in an interview with the “Today” show earlier this week. “As much fun as it is to get together at a big Super Bowl party, now is not the time to do that,” Fauci said. “Watch the game and enjoy it, but do it with your family or the people in your household.”

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. Watch your email, this newsletter and the university website for more information as vaccines become more readily available this semester. 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.

Blugolds reminded to allow 30 minutes for testing
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.

Limited parking available for those visiting Zorn Arena
Parking permits are required for faculty, staff and students in the Hibbard parking lot. For those being tested in Zorn Arena, permits are not required in the designated 30-minute COVID-19 testing stalls. As thousands will be tested each week, please consider using alternative modes of transportation when possible. Permit holders are asked to park where their university permits are valid. Parking regulations apply and are being enforced.

COVID-19 pages added to website for students, employees and the community 
Updated content on COVID-19, including an overview of spring semester testing protocols, frequently asked questions and information about community testing that began this week can be found on the university’s COVID-19 Updates webpage.

Students with nursing skills can earn tuition credit for helping fight COVID-19
UW System President Tommy Thompson announced last month that students with nursing skills can receive a $500 tuition credit by helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Qualified students who are enrolled in the spring semester at a UW System school like UW-Eau Claire must work a total of 50 hours in a clinical setting such as a hospital, nursing home, long-term care facility or state or local health care facility between Dec. 1, 2020, and Feb. 1, 2021, to be eligible for the tuition credit. Students must meet health care licensure and certification requirements to be eligible for the credit, and they must work for a minimum of 50 hours to qualify. Interested students can connect with local agencies and employers through Handshake, the online job platform utilized by students in the UW System. After working the required hours, students must obtain a verification letter from their employer. Additional details on templates for employer letters will be shared with students in January. Letters will not be reviewed prior to the deadline of March 31, 2021, and the $500 tuition credit will be applied to student accounts near the end of the spring semester. The media release on the program can be found on the UW System website.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, Feb. 4)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 105,135,277
United States: 27,163,711
Wisconsin: 595,756
Eau Claire County: 10,937
Barron County: 5,276
Wood County: 6,878

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on Feb. 11.

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