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

In this week's COVID-19 update, we are tracking a decrease in positive cases in our BGSU community, compared to our last reporting period, as outlined in the dashboard in this email and on our Forward Falcons website. This decrease comes as we have significantly increased testing over the last several weeks. While this is encouraging, we must remain vigilant leading up to and after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Throughout December, we will continue to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing for students, faculty and staff, with dates and times to be announced in the coming weeks.
As we move to an all-virtual learning experience for the remainder of the fall semester, we will work with the Wood County Health Department and Wood County Hospital to track COVID-19 in our BGSU community. If you test positive for COVID-19, please email us to help us better track cases in real time. Your mental health and well-being are equally important. The BGSU Counseling Center will remain open throughout the fall semester and holiday break and will offer telehealth services.
Continue to practice the health and safety guidelines we know to be effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Wear a face covering, keep 6 feet of physical distance when interacting with others, practice good hand washing hygiene and, 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.
Thank you for all you have done to keep our campus community healthy and safe this semester, and all you will do in the weeks ahead to keep you and your loved ones healthy over the holidays.
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer
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 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.

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 fifteen (15) cumulative positive students reported at BGSU Firelands. Not all cases are residing in Bowling Green or Wood County.
This Period:
91 Students
2 Faculty 8 Staff
11/18/20 – 11/24/20
(67% of cases for this period live off-campus)
Last Period:
118 Students
3 Faculty 6 Staff
11/11/20 – 11/17/20
(82% of cases for this period live off-campus)
832 Students
9 Faculty 31 Staff
8/20/20 - 11/24/20
Currently Active Cases:
64 Students
2 Faculty 5 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:
89% beds available
As of 11/24/20
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 11/24/20
Screening Testing (11/18/20 to 11/24/20)
Screening tests of targeted asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Cumulative Asymptomatic Testing (8/20/20 to 11/24/20)
Randomized surveillance testing of students and targeted screening testing of asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Open On-Demand Testing [11/18/20 to 11/24/20]
Open testing for faculty, staff and students who may be asymptomatic, symptomatic, or have had an exposure.
Positivity Rate: