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Blugold Flight Plan Update: April 22 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.

Mass vaccination site opens on UW-Eau Claire – Barron County campus
A mass vaccination site opened Tuesday on the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County campus to serve students, faculty, staff and members of the community across northwestern Wisconsin. Chancellor James Schmidt was joined by Karen Timberlake, interim secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and leaders from across Barron County as the campus celebrated the opening of the clinic Wednesday. The clinic, which is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, has hundreds of doses of the Pfizer vaccine available. 

Walk-in appointments accepted at Zorn Arena mass vaccination clinic
All Blugolds are encouraged to visit vaccinate.wi.gov to make an appointment to be vaccinated at the clinic at Zorn Area, but if you are in a hurry and don’t have time to register, stop at Zorn anytime between 3-6:30 p.m. to get your first shot. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA Region 5), UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire City-County Health Department and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are working together to conduct the clinic, which is open Tuesday through Saturday. The clinic is offering the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses. In addition to the clinic at Zorn Arena, you can visit the city-county website today to review several local vaccine providers in Eau Claire.

Volunteers needed for mass vaccination clinic at Zorn Arena
UW-Eau Claire volunteers are needed for several non-medical jobs at the mass vaccination clinic at Zorn Arena. The volunteer positions include greeting guests, checking people in, reviewing documents, recording information on an iPad and answering questions. Students are invited to apply, and faculty and staff, with supervisor approval, are allowed to work at the clinic as a volunteer during normal working hours. Hours worked at the clinic outside of an individual’s normal work schedule are not considered paid time. If you can assist at Zorn Arena, take a minute to send an email to Jodi Thesing-Ritter so you can join the team helping the campus and community get vaccinated.

Tuition credit for students working at COVID-19 vaccination sites extended
UW-Eau Claire students who worked at a vaccination site have until May 22 to submit completed forms to Blugold Central to receive a $500 tuition credit. The UW System extended the deadline for students to take advantage of this program. UW System President Tommy Thompson announced that nursing and pharmacy students who work in a Wisconsin COVID-19 vaccination site are eligible to earn the credit. Students who work in a similar situation from May 22-Aug. 31 will be eligible to take advantage of a summer tuition credit. The program is open to UW System students enrolled in a nursing or pharmacy program who work as a COVID-19 vaccinator between Jan. 1, 2021 and May 22, 2021. Learn more about the expanded program.

Vaccine detail added to university’s COVID-19 dashboard
UW-Eau Claire’s COVID-19 dashboard now includes self-reported data showing the number and percentage of faculty, staff and students who have been vaccinated. As of Monday, more than 4,000 Blugolds have been vaccinated, including more than 75% of faculty and staff. More than 30% of students, most of whom only became eligible to receive the vaccine three weeks ago, have been vaccinated. The data is being mined from the Blugold Protocol app.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, April 22)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 145,147,577
United States: 32,636,832
Wisconsin: 654,510
Eau Claire County: 11,760
Barron County: 5,822
Wood County: 7,374

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on April 29.

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