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Blugold Flight Plan Update: March 25 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 to open at Zorn Arena in two weeks
A mass vaccination clinic for COVID-19 will open April 8 in Zorn Arena on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus to serve thousands of people in the Chippewa Valley. The federally supported clinic announced last week by Gov. Tony Evers is being coordinated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) along with UW-Eau Claire and the Eau Claire City-County Health Department. The mass vaccination clinic is a joint effort among the Eau Claire City-County Health Department, UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the state of Wisconsin and FEMA Region 5. You can read more about this important initiative here, and watch your campus email and this newsletter for details about the operating hours and the registration process for the clinic in the coming weeks.

Blugolds reminded to follow spring-semester travel guidelines
UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff are reminded that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends avoiding nonessential travel. UW-Eau Claire encourages people not to travel outside their communities, but if they must, they should use good judgment to protect friends, colleagues and the university community. If you leave the local community to travel to another location that has more than transient exposure to people of unknown virus status, you should quarantine. More than transient exposure includes: attendance at a large social gathering like a wedding; going to a sporting event; in crowds at bars, restaurants, etc.; taking public transportation such as planes or buses; or traveling on a cruise ship. Upon return, you should get an antigen or viral test three to five days after travel, and stay home and self-quarantine for seven days after travel. Testing is available at Zorn Arena in Eau Claire and the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County gymnasium in Rice Lake. Even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel. For more details, see information from the CDC for those who return from travel.

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 helpdesk@uwec.edu. 

Off-campus students should use Eau Claire address for antigen testing
Students living off campus are required to take an antigen test every other week this semester, and students should use their local Eau Claire address when registering for a test. Students living off campus can register to take an antigen test in Zorn Arena during the week or on the weekends. Off-campus students can take advantage of the testing available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays or during the week 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.

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.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, March 25)
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 125,796,833
United States: 30,724,166
Wisconsin: 631,301
Eau Claire County: 11,524
Barron County: 5,661
Wood County: 7,212

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on April 1.

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