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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 October 14 Video Update
We continue to see significant decreases in COVID-19 cases in our campus communities, as outlined in the dashboard below and on our Forward Falcons website. We are encouraged by this trend. As we monitor cases with the Wood County Health Department and Wood County Hospital, we must remain diligent in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition to tracking symptomatic testing for individuals who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we have increased our testing rates with our surveillance and screening testing program.
Thank you to everyone who has worked with contact tracers for quarantine and isolation. We know these steps can create inconveniences in your daily routines, but your cooperation has made a difference.
As we look ahead, we want to encourage our campus community to make a voting plan for the upcoming election. If you have the opportunity to vote now, we encourage you to consider early voting while you are feeling well, avoiding being faced with quarantine or COVID-19 symptoms on Election Day. By voting early, you select the date and time that works well for your schedule, and you help keep poll workers and other voters safe.
Thank you for your efforts in keeping our campus communities as healthy and safe as possible.
Be well,
Ben Batey signature
Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer

Spring Calendar and Grading Policy Update
On Friday, President Rogers shared two important updates related to our COVID-19 planning: flexible grading options and adjustments to the spring semester calendar. For important dates and deadlines, visit BGSU’s 2020-21 academic calendar.

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.

Awaiting COVID-19 Testing Results
If you get tested for COVID-19 at the Falcon Health Center, or as part of the surveillance testing program, results will typically be available within three to five days. Following your test, you will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours with information on how to set up an account in MyHealth Record, where test results will be posted. If a test result is positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by a BGSU or Wood County Health Department contact tracer. The University will work with you to develop the most appropriate isolation plan.

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.

Surveillance Testing and Contact Tracing
BGSU has implemented randomized surveillance testing for undergraduate and graduate students on the main campus. The program focuses on testing students who do not have COVID-19 symptoms (asymptomatic). Students randomly selected each week will be notified via their University email and/or text message.

Positive Cases of COVID-19 Reported to BGSU
Includes positive COVID-19 cases reported to BGSU from health departments, medical providers, asymptomatic and surveillance testing and self-report. Includes four (4) cumulative positive students reported at Firelands College. Not all cases are residing in Bowling Green or Wood County.
This Period:
16 Students
0 Faculty 3 Staff
10/7/20 – 10/13/20
(79% of cases for this period live off-campus)
Last Period:
49 Students
0 Faculty 0 Staff
9/30/20 – 10/6/20
(69% of cases for this period live off-campus)
474 Students
1 Faculty 8 Staff
8/20/30 - 10/13/20
Currently Active Cases:
15 Students
0 Faculty 2 Staff
This includes BGSU faculty, staff, and students who are being monitored by their local health department according to state and federal isolation criteria.
On-Campus Isolation and Quarantine
Isolation separates individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 from others who are not sick to minimize the spread. Quarantine separates individuals who have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 from the general public. All residence hall students are offered on-campus quarantine and isolation space. Students may choose to return home to a permanent residence.
Students Currently Isolated in University Housing:
97% beds available
As of 10/13/20
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 10/13/20
Surveillance Testing (10/7/20 to 10/13/20)
Randomized surveillance testing of asymptomatic undergraduate and graduate students.
Positivity Rate:
Screening Testing (10/7/20 to 10/13/20)
Screening tests of targeted asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Cumulative Asymptomatic Testing (8/20/20 to 10/13/20)
Randomized surveillance testing of students and targeted screening testing of asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate: