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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 18 Video Update
We continue to track increased cases of COVID-19 in our campus community, as outlined in this email and on the Forward Falcons website, which follows a surge of cases in our region, state and nation. As a University, we are actively working to identify positive cases before the Thanksgiving holiday by offering free, rapid COVID-19 testing for all students, faculty and staff.
As you prepare to go home for the holidays, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to utilize scarce testing resources. The on-campus testing is by appointment only and we will continue to open more time slots leading up to the Thanksgiving break. Please visit the Forward Falcons website for current testing availability.
It is important to remember testing is only a snapshot in time. After you have been tested, please consider isolating to lower your risk level and continue to monitor for any COVID-19 symptoms. Many of the positive cases we are seeing are from individuals who have mild symptoms. If you are feeling ill, even with a mild headache, congestion or sore throat, please stay home and contact your health care provider or the Falcon Health Center for the most appropriate next steps.
Continue to wear a face covering, keep six feet of physical distance when interacting with others and practice good hand washing hygiene.
Thank you for all you are doing to keep our campus community as safe and healthy as possible.
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 testing for students, faculty and staff. Screening tests will be available on the BGSU main campus Saturday, Nov. 21 and Monday, Nov. 23 through Wednesday, Nov. 25. Testing will be available on the BGSU Firelands campus Friday, Nov. 20. All testing is by appointment only.
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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 health@bgsu.edu 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 twelve (12) cumulative positive students reported at Firelands College. Not all cases are residing in Bowling Green or Wood County.
This Period:
118 Students
3 Faculty 6 Staff
11/11/20 – 11/17/20
(82% of cases for this period live off-campus)
Last Period:
74 Students
1 Faculty 3 Staff
11/4/20 – 11/10/20
(85% of cases for this period live off-campus)
741 Students
7 Faculty 23 Staff
8/20/20 - 11/17/20
Currently Active Cases:
91 Students
1 Faculty 4 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:
88% beds available
As of 11/17/20
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 11/17/20
Surveillance Testing (11/9/20 to 11/13/20)
Randomized surveillance testing of asymptomatic undergraduate and graduate students.
Positivity Rate:
Screening Testing (11/9/20 to 11/13/20)
Screening tests of targeted asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Cumulative Asymptomatic Testing (8/20/20 to 11/13/20)
Randomized surveillance testing of students and targeted screening testing of asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Open On-Demand Testing [11/10/20 to 11/17/20]
Open testing for faculty, staff and students who may be asymptomatic, symptomatic, or have had an exposure.
Positivity Rate: