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Blugold Flight Plan Update: Jan. 21 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.

Zorn Arena Testing Center opens this weekend
Free, rapid-result COVID-19 testing is expanding to include all University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff during the spring semester. Testing will take place at the Zorn Arena Testing Center, which will be open Saturday and Sunday this weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow students and employees time to take two antigen tests (two to three days apart) prior to the start of the semester. Students living in university housing are required to take two antigen tests in their first week back on campus. Students in university housing will be required to take an antigen test once a week during the spring semester while off-campus students will be tested every other week. Students living off campus who are 100% online and will not be coming to campus this semester are exempt from the antigen testing requirement. Students at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County also will have access to antigen testing on the university’s campus in Rice Lake. During the spring semester, faculty and staff who work on campus will be tested every other week. Complete details on testing hours and requirements for all Blugolds can be found here.

Blugold winter sports seasons begin Feb. 1
The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Council of Chancellors voted unanimously to begin winter sports competition the week of Feb. 1, with all schedules featuring competition against only conference opponents. Spectators will not be allowed at WIAC events during the winter sports season. All contests will be conducted in accordance with NCAA Division III regulations, as well as institutional, state and local health and safety guidelines. While students and the public will not be able to attend the events in person, you can stream all the games and meets. On game day you can go to to watch your favorite teams on your phone or computer.

McIntyre Library announces access to COVID-19 research database
You can access a wealth of information about articles in Proquest's Coronavirus Research Database, which is available thanks to McIntyre Library. The database contains articles, reprints and research journals, such as the Virology Journal and Annals of Intensive Care. If you have questions about the database, contact Kate Hinnant, associate professor and head of instruction and communication for McIntyre Library. 

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.

COVID-19 resources online 
If you want up-to-date information on COVID-19 and UW-Eau Claire’s response to the pandemic, visit the university’s COVID-19 Updates webpage, where you can find past editions of this newsletter, video messages from Chancellor Schmidt and important emails that have been shared with campus.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, Jan. 21)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 97,835,994
United States: 25,077,536
Wisconsin: 573,119
Eau Claire County: 10,460
Barron County: 5,050
Wood County: 6,555

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on Jan. 28.

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