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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 December 16 Video Update
In this week’s COVID-19 update, we are reporting a slight increase in cases, as compared to our last reporting period, outlined in the dashboard in this email and on our Forward Falcons website.
We continue to offer on-campus rapid testing for students, faculty and staff. Testing is by appointment this Thursday and Friday inside Memorial Hall. Testing times and sign-up availability will be updated on the Forward Falcons website.
Vaccines have come out this week in Ohio. We are hopeful for the future but must remain mindful of our actions today, especially during this holiday season. Continue to limit your interactions with individuals outside of your household, wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of physical distance.
Throughout the winter break, we are offering several health and wellness opportunities, including virtual fitness classes and telehealth counseling services. Our COVID-19 hotline also remains open and can be reached by calling 419-372-3000 or emailing
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer
Schedule a Free COVID-19 Screening Test
BGSU is offering free COVID-19 rapid testing for students, faculty and staff. Screening tests will be available Thursday, Dec. 17 and Friday, Dec. 18, inside Memorial Hall on the BGSU main campus. The mid-nasal swab test will provide results within 15 minutes. All testing is by appointment only.
Schedule Your COVID-19 Test
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Community Talking Points
3 ways you can help our community:
  • Win $1,000 or more in our video contest by sharing how you’re safely celebrating this year
  • Take our fun, holiday-themed quiz with information on planning a safer gathering.
  • Take our COVID-19 pledge to do 5 things for 4 weeks that will help Wood County drive its cases down:
    • Follow all public health guidelines including wearing a mask in public, maintaining a 6-foot social distance and washing hands regularly.
    • Limit the size and number of social gatherings.
    • Limit holiday celebrations to those in my household as much as possible.
    • Stay home if anyone in my household is showing symptoms of COVID-19, and consult with a health care provider to determine if testing is needed.
    • Be an ambassador for public health in the community and ask at least 10 other people to take this pledge.
For more information, visit our Holiday Planning page.

Free Virtual Fitness Classes During Break
Stay active over winter break. Free virtual “Move For Your Mood” classes are offered to BGSU students, faculty and staff through Dec. 20. The schedule is available under the FREE MOVE4YOURMOOD Classes tab on the Falcon Fitness website. Schedule is subject to change. Follow Falcon Fitness @BGSUFitness on Instagram to tune in to Instagram Live classes.

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 cases reported at BGSU Firelands. Not all cases are residing in Bowling Green or Wood County.
This Period:
34 Students
2 Faculty 8 Staff
12/9/20 – 12/15/20
(97% of cases for this period live off-campus)
Last Period:
33 Students
1 Faculty 4 Staff
12/2/20 – 12/8/20
(94% of cases for this period live off-campus)
944 Students
17 Faculty 51 Staff
8/20/20 – 12/15/20
Currently Active Cases:
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:
99% beds available
As of 12/15/20
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 12/15/20
Screening Testing (12/6/20 to 12/11/20)
Screening tests of targeted asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
0.4 %
Cumulative Asymptomatic Testing (8/20/20 to 12/15/20)
Randomized surveillance testing of students and targeted screening testing of asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Open On-Demand Testing (12/9/20)
Open testing for faculty, staff and students who may be asymptomatic, symptomatic, or have had an exposure.
Positivity Rate: