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COVID-19 campus update: April 7, 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.

The sky is the limit
Faculty in physics and astronomy have not only accepted the challenge of delivering a first-class educational experience for students online, they have taken it to a whole new level. Intensive collaboration, cooperation and robot-programming experiments are helping faculty give Blugolds a meaningful virtual lab experience online. Read all about the cutting-edge approach instructors are using as the spring semester resumes.

Shields for safety
UW-Eau Claire's Materials Science and Engineering Center is working with Mayo Clinic and a group of community makers to produce face shields for health care workers in all the hospitals in the Chippewa Valley. Some of the personal protective equipment, which is vital for front-line providers during the COVID-19 crisis, is being created right on campus in Phillips Hall. Read the story behind this inspiring collaborative community effort.

Summer study abroad canceled
All summer study abroad and immersion programs have been canceled in the wake of the pandemic, but students interested in taking part in future study abroad and domestic and international immersion programs are encouraged to contact UW-Eau Claire’s Center for International Education. The CIE and Immersion Programs offices have extended the Winterim and spring 2021 priority deadline to May 1. For more information, students can visit the website or email CIE ( and Immersions ( to learn about 2021 programs.

Mental health support available
For students, staff or faculty who might need mental health support, the UW-Eau Claire student organization affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness has created a site on Canvas to share resources and support. Mental health and well-being can be significantly impacted by the current global health and economic crisis, and NAMI at UW-Eau Claire is here to help. Whether you or someone you know is experiencing mental health challenges, contact Dr. Bob Nowlan, professor of English, at to receive permission to join the group.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Tuesday, April 7)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

  • Worldwide: 1,390,511
  • United States: 379,965
  • Wisconsin: 2,440
  • Eau Claire County: 21
  • Barron County: 4
  • Wood County: