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Blugold Flight Plan Update: March 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.

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. The current version of the Blugold Protocol app on your smartphone will automatically be forced to update on next usage. 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 usage of the Blugold Protocol app, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 715-836-5711 or 

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 at 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 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 vaccine assistance hotline for Wisconsin residents
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced earlier today that residents across the state can now call a toll-free hotline, 844-684-1064, to receive personal assistance and get answers related to the COVID-19 vaccines. The hotline staff is in place to help callers find vaccine locations, answer questions about the different types of vaccines and register for an appointment. A number of vaccine-related resources can be found on the DHS COVID-19 webpage.

UW-Eau Claire to hold vaccine clinic for 200 eligible Blugolds at Zorn Arena
An invitation-only vaccine clinic will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at Zorn Arena. A group of prioritized eligible faculty, staff and a small number of eligible students have been invited to receive the first dose of the vaccine. Due to the scarcity of the vaccine, a limited number of eligible Blugolds will be able to take advantage of this clinic. Antigen testing will not be available Wednesday afternoon to accommodate the temporary vaccine clinic. The UW-Eau Claire team continues to work closely with the City-County Health Department to determine when vaccines can be available for all 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.

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 4)
Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 116,033,080
United States: 29,469,081
Wisconsin: 619,087
Eau Claire County: 11,334
Barron County: 5,542
Wood County: 7,145

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

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

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