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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 4 Video Update
In this week’s COVID-19 reporting period, we have seen an increase in cases, compared to previous weeks, as outlined in the dashboard in this email and on the Forward Falcons website. We anticipated this trend, as cases have been increasing across Wood County and the state. We are currently not seeing as drastic of an increase as some other areas and we all can play a part to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community.
We must also be especially mindful of our actions now, before the Thanksgiving holiday. This is the time to plan for how you will return home without increasing the risk for spread of the virus. Keep your risk level low by limiting interactions, wearing a face covering and maintaining a safe physical distance when you are with others. In the coming week, we will also have more information on how students, faculty and staff can sign up to get a free COVID-19 test prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thank you for all you are doing to keep our campus community healthy and safe, and for all you are doing now to keep your loved ones safe at home.
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer

On-Campus BGSU Flu Clinics
The next flu clinic will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m). The clinic will be at the Bowen-Thompson Student Union in Room 201 (Sky Bank). Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to sign up for a time slot, although walk-ins are welcome. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID.
In addition to on-campus flu clinics, faculty and staff members who have Medical Mutual of Ohio as their insurance provider can search for locations that offer flu shots that are fully covered by insurance.

Mental Health Discussion with BGSU Counseling Center
You are invited to join a Mental Health Virtual Discussion at noon on Thursday, Nov. 5 via Zoom. BGSU students and Dr. Garrett Gilmer, director of the BGSU Counseling Center, will offer the opportunity to learn about Counseling Center services, talk with each other about their mental health concerns, discuss strategies for caring for their mental health and ask mental health-related questions.
Register to attend. Registrants will be sent a confirmation email that will include specific information about accessing the Zoom meeting, and how to pick up your FREE box lunch. For additional questions or to notify us of specific accommodation needs, please contact Dr. Garrett Gilmer at ggilmer@bgsu.edu.

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 five (5) cumulative positive students reported at Firelands College. Not all cases are residing in Bowling Green or Wood County.
This Period:
33 Students
1 Faculty 3 Staff
10/28/20 – 11/3/20
(51% of cases for this period live off-campus)
Last Period:
20 Students
0 Faculty 1 Staff
10/21/20 - 10/27/20
(55% of cases for this period live off-campus)
549 Students
3 Faculty 14 Staff
8/20/20 - 11/3/20
Currently Active Cases:
27 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:
94% beds available
As of 11/3/20
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 11/3/20
Surveillance Testing (10/26/20 to 10/30/20
Randomized surveillance testing of asymptomatic undergraduate and graduate students.
Positivity Rate:
Screening Testing (10/26/20 to 10/30/20)
Screening tests of targeted asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate:
Cumulative Asymptomatic Testing (8/20/20 to 10/30/20)
Randomized surveillance testing of students and targeted screening testing of asymptomatic individuals.
Positivity Rate: