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COVID-19 campus update: April 23, 2020

This twice-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.

CERCA makes online debut
Due to COVID-19, the 28th annual Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity will take place online for the first time in the history of the traditional event. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, under the leadership of Dr. Catherine Chan, is utilizing the Canvas platform to showcase the amazing work created by students and their faculty mentors during the event that will run April 27-May 1. Follow this link to watch a video and learn more about this ambitious effort, which will give online visitors the chance to offer input on the individual research projects.

Alumni respond to pandemic
Over the past month, two alumni of UW-Eau Claire’s environmental public health program have stepped forward in their roles as working professionals to help their respective organizations educate the public about COVID-19. Read how Breanna Rheinschmidt (’17) and Zach Zirnhelt (’19) are making a difference in Wisconsin and Minnesota to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Friday deadline for great ideas
WiSys, a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, is challenging its partners to develop innovative ideas to boost local community preparedness and response to pandemics via “WiSys Innovation Challenge: COVID-19.” WiSys’ challenge comes in response to the national crisis that forced students to leave Wisconsin campuses. The challenge is open to all faculty, staff, students and alumni of UW-Eau. Innovators have until Friday, April 24 to submit their ideas in 250 words or less at WiSys will select 20 innovators who will have two weeks to create a proof-of-concept. They will then receive $100 to implement their idea. WiSys may also provide additional resources to further develop an idea after review of the initial implementation. 

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 in the past month. 

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Thursday, April 23)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

  • Worldwide: 2,695,418
  • United States: 866,148
  • Wisconsin: 4,845
  • Eau Claire County: 23
  • Barron County: 6
  • Wood County: 2