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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 reporting a drop in cases, as compared to our last reporting period, outlined in the dashboard in this email and on our Forward Falcons website. While we continue to track and report positive COVID-19 cases with anyone affiliated with our campus community, we are now more spread out in our hometown communities and more cases will likely go unreported to us.
If you test positive for COVID-19, please self-report your results to our email or our COVID-19 hotline 419-372-3000. Our contact tracers and COVID-19 team are continuing their work and can help you navigate next steps and answer any questions you have. Additionally, by reporting cases, we are able to better monitor trends and develop best practices for the spring semester.
Similar to the weeks leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, BGSU will resume rapid testing for our campus community in December with dates to be announced in coming days.
December is traditionally a busy month for social gatherings. Our actions now will impact the weeks ahead. As cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in our region, state and nation, it is increasingly important we each do our part to limit interactions with individuals outside of our household.
If you leave your home, 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 are doing to keep our communities as healthy and safe as possible.
Be well,
Ben Batey signature
Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer
Free COVID-19 Screening Tests Next Week
Continuing next week, BGSU will offer free, on-campus rapid COVID-19 testing to students, faculty and staff. The mid-nasal swab test will provide results within 15 minutes. Testing will take place on the BGSU Main Campus inside Memorial Hall. Screening tests will be available by appointment only, with dates and times being announced soon.

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 cases reported at BGSU Firelands. Not all cases are residing in Bowling Green or Wood County.
This Period:
45 Students
2 Faculty 3 Staff
11/25/20 – 12/1/20
(82% of cases for this period live off-campus)
Last Period:
91 Students
2 Faculty 8 Staff
11/18/20 – 11/24/20
(67% of cases for this period live off-campus)
877 Students
11 Faculty 34 Staff
8/20/20 - 12/1/20
Currently Active Cases:
39 Students
1 Faculty 3 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:
99% beds available
As of 12/1/20
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 12/1/20
Screening Testing (11/11/20 to 11/27/20)
Screening tests of targeted asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Cumulative Asymptomatic Testing (8/20/20 to 11/27/20)
Randomized surveillance testing of students and targeted screening testing of asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Open On-Demand Testing [11/25/20]
Open testing for faculty, staff and students who may be asymptomatic, symptomatic, or have had an exposure.
Positivity Rate: