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This week's essential COVID-19 information from BGSU Chief Health Officer Ben Batey

Watch BGSU Chief Health Officer Ben Batey's November 24 Video Update
As our campus community prepares for the upcoming holiday break, we are reaching out early this week as many of our students are returning home for Thanksgiving and virtual learning.
Throughout the last several weeks, BGSU has conducted thousands of COVID-19 tests for students, faculty and staff to actively identify positive cases in our campus community before the holiday. Many of the individuals who tested positive were experiencing mild symptoms. This serves as an important reminder that if you are feeling ill, even with a mild headache, congestion or sore throat, stay home and contact your health care provider or the Falcon Health Center for the most appropriate next steps.
We will continue to communicate important COVID-19-related updates in weekly emails and maintain the weekly reporting dashboard on the Forward Falcons website, which will be updated with this week's numbers later this week.
We know many of you are eager to see family and friends. Please, stay home if you are feeling ill. If you see people outside of your own household, wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of physical distance when interacting with others and practice good hand washing hygiene.
Our collective actions have made a difference this semester. Thank you to everyone who isolated or quarantined and followed health and safety guidelines that kept our campus community as safe and healthy as possible.
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer
BGSU COVID-19 Dashboard to be updated Wednesday
BGSU's COVID-19 dashboard information will be updated on the Forward Falcons website this Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Tips to keep you and your family safe when you are home
Before you travel
  • Start to decrease your social contacts 7 to 14 days before coming home.
  • Monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms like fever, cough, body aches, etc.
  • Get tested a few days before traveling home.
  • Based on your test results, review these tips provided by Ohio Department of Health.
While you travel
  • Wear a face covering when you are within six feet of another person.
  • Control your environment by keeping your distance from others when possible.
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands often, especially after touching high-contact surfaces.
After you get home
  • If possible, sleep in a separate room and use a separate bathroom from others.
  • Do not share drinking glasses, dishes or eating utensils unless they have been washed.
  • In your home, wear a face covering when around elderly or individuals with a weakened immune system.
  • When in public, continue to wear your face covering, wash your hands and maintain physical distance.

BGSU Counseling Center Resources
During the pandemic, the BGSU Counseling Center is offering their services via telehealth at 419-372-2081. The Counseling Center has put together COVID-19 counseling resources to keep you up to date on COVID-19 and various ways to cope/offer support during this time.

BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline 419-372-3000
The BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff can answer questions regarding COVID-19 and related topics. Students, faculty and staff can email or call the hotline if they have a pending COVID-19 test, or to report a positive result to begin contact tracing. To call the hotline, reach out at 419-372-3000.

Isolation and Quarantine Protocols
Know what to do if you test positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 by learning more about BGSU's self-isolation and quarantine protocols.