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COVID-19 campus update: March 31, 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.

Students: Watch Email and Canvas This Week!

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare to work with students in an online environment for the rest of the semester. Students, watch your university email and check Canvas for learning activities that will be posted by instructors on or before April 2. Instructors may ask students to participate in an online discussion, send an email or take a brief quiz. This “check-in” day will help test the new learning environment, allow students the chance to reconnect with instructors, and preview what and how you’ll learn for the rest of the semester.

Relevant Research

Sara Lassila, who earned a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from UW-Eau Claire, is a test development supervisor at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her team developed a test that can detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Read the inspiring story that details Sara and her team’s work to discover this important test.

Relief Funds Available

The UW-Eau Claire Foundation has established the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to provide support to students who have been most acutely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Dean of Students Office has established a process for students seeking temporary, short-term financial assistance. Students can describe their needs and request financial assistance by filling out this form. To qualify for funding, students must be currently enrolled as degree-seeking full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate students and experiencing unexpected financial hardship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that students may only receive funds once via this application.

Blugolds on the Move

For students who have not yet moved out of university housing, the deadline for moving has been extended to April 30. To be eligible for a pro-rated housing refund, students need to move out of campus housing by the end of April. You can sign up for a move-out time by visiting My Housing Portal. Once you visit the portal, you can select a two-hour window from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. from now until April 4, or from April 24-30. Move-out times are not required for students planning to move out between the dates of April 5 and April 23.

If you need to stay beyond April 4, you will be relocated to an extended-stay location starting April 5. When you return to campus, you may find that new students have relocated to spaces in your apartment or suite if you live in Haymarket Landing, Chancellors, Aspenson Mogensen or The Suites. If you have questions about moving out of university housing, feel free to email the team at

Barron County Resources

Students at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County can now access a variety of resources pulled together to help those on the Rice Lake campus cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. A new webpage details academic resources, including tutoring support and online learning tools, in addition to information about the campus food pantry, online library services and online counseling services.

Food Pantry Open

The Campus Harvest Food Pantry on the Eau Claire campus is open each week on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-5 p.m. Students are invited to stop in Brewer Hall to pick up produce and other food items. Students visiting the food pantry should enter Brewer Hall through the main door that faces Hibbard Hall.

Viruses Don’t Discriminate

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Equity in Student Matters Commission have created a downloadable flyer with helpful tips on how to stop the spread of COVID-19. To be clear, the virus is not unique to an ethnic group, race or culture. Unfortunately, some people have been targeted by racist stereotypes. If you are the target of a bias incident, please submit a BIRT report at this link.

Blugolds Staying Strong

For Blugolds looking to stay active while staying safe, the Recreation and Sport Operations Group Exercise Team is hosting several online classes and challenges. Students, faculty and staff can connect with a team of student instructors as they lead participants through cardio, strength, dance and yoga. Many of the classes will be videos you can access anytime. A few offerings will be live classes hosted through Zoom. Blugolds can like the UW-Eau Claire Group Exercise Facebook page to access all challenges and classes, and you can follow uwecgroupexercise on Instagram to stay active in April and May.

Vital Statistics
(as of noon Tuesday, March 31)

Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

  • Worldwide: 823,479
  • United States: 175,067
  • Wisconsin: 1,221
  • Eau Claire County: 13
  • Barron County: 0
  • Wood County: 2

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