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Blugold Flight Plan Update: March 11 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.

State Department of Health Services expands groups eligible for vaccine
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced this morning that individuals 16 and older with specific medical conditions will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 29. “Wisconsin continues to be a national leader in vaccinations, and we are excited to open up eligibility to more Wisconsinites,” Gov. Tony Evers said. “I know this past year has been rough for everyone and I want to thank folks for stepping up and doing their part to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19. We urge those eligible and at highest risk to get vaccinated because each shot in arms means we are one step closer to getting back to our Wisconsin way of life.” A page on the DHS website provides a complete breakdown of the medical conditions that would make a person eligible to receive the vaccine beginning March 29. The announcement by DHS aligns with the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control earlier this week.

UW-Eau Claire to hold vaccine clinic for 100 eligible Blugolds at Zorn Arena
An invitation-only vaccine clinic will be held from 3:30-5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, 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.

Eau Claire health department holding vaccine clinic at Zorn Arena March 18
On Thursday, March 18, UW-Eau Claire is hosting one of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department COVID-19 community vaccination clinics at Zorn Arena. UW-Eau Claire’s Student Health Service and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are working with the health department to operate the clinic, which will run from 2-6 p.m. The clinic will be open to all eligible individuals within the Eau Claire community. Those eligible to receive the vaccine, including faculty and staff in a higher education setting, will receive information to register. Antigen testing will end at 12:30 p.m. on March 18 to accommodate the vaccine clinic.

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 

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 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. 

State launches vaccine assistance hotline for Wisconsin residents
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services created a toll-free hotline, 844-684-1064, to provide personal assistance and give 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.

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 11)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Worldwide: 118,905,631
United States: 29,869,793
Wisconsin: 623,150
Eau Claire County: 11,421
Barron County: 5,604
Wood County: 7,179

UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 Dashboard, updated daily

Look for the next Blugold Flight Plan newsletter on March 18.

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