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COVID-19 campus update: March 24, 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 you can access key resources and assist others on campus and in the community.

Staying Home, Staying Safe

Chancellor Schmidt directed the UW-Eau Claire team to follow Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” directive Monday afternoon, which means all but a small group of employees essential to keeping critical campus operations in place will work from home. Employees who will remain working on campus include the UW-Eau Claire Police; staff at the Children’s Nature Academy; support staff in the residence halls and food service; faculty with active research projects and those overseeing research animals; and key facilities employees. In addition, employees helping students in Counseling Services, Student Health Service, Blugold Central, Admissions, Accounts Payable, campus banking and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning also will be present on campus. You can find additional details in Gov. Evers’ emergency order. 

Closed for Safety, Open to Blugolds

On Monday, doors to academic buildings and Schofield Hall were locked. Staff and students who need access have appropriate keys. Card readers are activated on the buildings that are equipped, including Haas and Phillips. Those who need access to a building but do not have a key are encouraged to fill out a Key Request eform. If your department has need of specific considerations or has questions, please contact Tim Boehnen, Director of Risk Management & Safety ( For those interested in buying meals from Marketplace in Davies, the east doors will be unlocked from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stop the Spread

With strong support from UW-Eau Claire, the Eau Claire City-County Health Department unveiled a countywide informational campaign titled “Stop the Spread” on Monday afternoon. Integrated Marketing and Communications created the artwork for the campaign, which is being shared on the university’s social media accounts as well as the social media platforms of dozens of partners in the health department’s strategic coalition. Mike Rindo, assistant chancellor for facilities and university relations, is helping shepherd the city-county health department’s outreach efforts as a visiting public information officer. Please share the posts from UWEC’s Facebook and Twitter posts, and use the hashtag #stopthespreadec.

Heading Home

Approximately 1,600 of the 3,600 who have called the residence halls home this semester have gathered their belongings and returned home to prepare to continue the semester online. Over the next 10 days, a similar number of students will make the same move. Thanks to all the students, parents and the amazing staff in Housing and Residence Life who have helped make this process as smooth a transition as possible in a short period of time.

How You Can Help

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives across campus and around the world, and while the virus and the endless flow of information about it can feel overwhelming, there are ways you can help. The UW-Eau Claire Foundation established the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support students and programs that have been affected by the pandemic. From plane tickets to help students return home to support for students who suddenly find themselves out of work, the relief fund is a great way for Blugolds to help Blugolds.

Supporting Local Businesses

Local businesses, many of which work with the university to support students, faculty and staff in myriad ways, are struggling right now. UW-Eau Claire is joining dozens of area organizations to support Volume One’s “Pulling Together While Staying Apart” initiative, which is offering resources and ways for people to connect and support our local business community. 

Vital Statistics
(as of noon, Tuesday, March 24)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

  • Worldwide: 414,277
  • United States: 51,542
  • Wisconsin: 457
  • Eau Claire County:

For the latest information about UW-Eau Claire’s response to COVID-19 and related resources, visit the university’s COVID-19 Updates webpage.