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March 11 evening update: COVID-19 information session set for March 12

The following message was sent March 11 to all UW-Eau Claire and UW-Eau Claire – Barron County students, faculty and staff:

NOTE: The COVID-19 information forum mentioned below has been changed from a live event to one that will be livestreamed only. The forum can be viewed at this link, and questions can be submitted via email to olsonke@uwec.edu.

In order to provide the most up-to-date information about the status of COVID-19 (also known as the novel coronavirus) to the UW-Eau Claire campus community, I am inviting you to attend an information forum Thursday, March 12 at 10 a.m. in Davies Ojibwe Ballroom (center).

EC Health Department Memo

The information forum will include Marisa Stanley from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department and Dr. Janki Patel, an infectious disease expert from Mayo Clinic Health System. They will present the latest information regarding the status of COVID-19 in our community and will answer your questions about the virus. This is an opportunity for the campus community to learn directly from public health experts so we can all be better informed and better prepared. 

Immediately following the forum, the university’s Emergency Response Team will convene to discuss the latest information and determine what, if any, additional precautionary measures should be undertaken now and in the near future. Because our spring break is among the latest in the UW System, we will make a decision whether to extend spring break no later than next Wednesday.

As I said in my email earlier today, it is vital that we remain vigilant about the COVID-19 outbreak and take appropriate precautions and actions to ensure faculty, staff and student safety.  I want to reinforce that the health and safety of members of our campus communities is paramount and we are closely coordinating with public health professionals regarding preparedness and response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please read the latest guidance they have provided (right).

As I also said in my earlier email, this is a fluid situation that we are continuously monitoring.  Since that email was sent, we have been informed the NCAA has determined that men’s and women’s hockey, as well as other winter sports championships will be held without spectators (except for families).  You may read the NCAA statement here. Those who purchased tickets for the games UW-Eau Claire is hosting may receive a refund at the University Service Center.

Sincerely,

James C. Schmidt
Chancellor, UW-Eau Claire