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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 February 2 Video Update
In this week’s COVID-19 update, we are tracking a decline in cases, as compared to our last reporting period, outlined in our weekly dashboard in this email and on our Forward Falcons website. This is an encouraging trend as we continue to move in the right direction and settle into the spring semester.
As cases and demand for testing drops, we have resumed randomized surveillance testing, similar to the fall, for students who come to the main BGSU campus. We are grateful for your participation in this program; it allows us to better track our overall positivity rate and make decisions to keep our campuses healthy, safe and thriving.
Free, on-demand COVID-19 testing remains available for all students, faculty and staff. Both rapid and PCR testing are available in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union by appointment, with available dates and times updated every Friday evening on the Forward Falcons website. Make your appointment now
Every day, we move closer to the other side of the global pandemic as more vaccines become available. For updates, please visit the Wood County Health Department website. BGSU has offered to support large-scale vaccination efforts and there is a way you, too, can help by volunteering with the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) , a national network of volunteers with medical and non-medical backgrounds. As vaccine supplies increase, MRC volunteers will play a critical role in local vaccination clinics. Volunteer today
Please continue to do your part in lowering your risk level. Thank you for your compassion and flexibility this semester and for all you are doing to keep our campuses safe and healthy.
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer

Q&A with Chief Health Officer Ben Batey
Do you have a COVID-19 question? Chief Health Officer Ben Batey can help. Submit your questions for Ben - everything from if you need to double mask to what to do if you've been exposed to COVID-19 - and he will answer in weekly messages and on social media.
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Schedule your free COVID-19 test
BGSU is offering free COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff. Rapid and PCR tests are available weekdays inside the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. These tests will be administered by appointment only. Please continue to check the BGSU COVID-19 testing page and monitor your BGSU email for additional appointment availability.
Rapid Test
Results within 15 minutes.
Schedule your Rapid Test
PCR Test
Results within 24-48 hours.
Schedule your PCR Test

BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline 419-372-3000
The BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline is open, with staff available to answer questions regarding COVID-19 and related topics. Students, faculty and staff are also asked to email health@bgsu.edu or call the hotline to report a positive result to begin contact tracing. The COVID-19 Response Hotline is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Voicemails are checked regularly and returned on Sundays and holidays. To call the hotline, reach out at 419-372-3000.

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Community Talking Points
COVID-19 vaccines continue to be a scarce resource across the United States, and it will take time to provide vaccines to everyone who wants to receive them. Starting this week, people age 70 or older are eligible, as are employees of K-12 schools that commit to in-person or hybrid education. Higher education employees are not included in this phase. For the week of Feb. 8, people 65 and older become eligible.
As information becomes available about the next phases, the Wood County Health Department will share details with all local news media contacts, as well as BGSU. Visit the Wood County Health Department vaccine page for more information and further details about each phase.
Positive Cases of COVID-19 Reported to BGSU
Includes positive COVID-19 cases reported to BGSU from health departments, medical providers, testing and self-report. Not all cases are residing in Bowling Green or Wood County and this includes cases reported at BGSU Firelands.
This Period:
54 Students
(78% of students live off-campus)
0 Faculty 6 Staff
1/25/2021 - 1/31/2021
Last Period:
62 Students
(75% of students live off-campus)
0 Faculty 9 Staff
1/18/2021 - 1/24/2021
168 Students
5 Faculty 23 Staff
Since 1/11/2021 (start of Spring Semester)
On-Campus Isolation and Quarantine
Isolation separates individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 from others to minimize the spread of the virus. 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.
Students Currently Isolated in University Housing:
97% beds available
As of 2/1/2021
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 2/1/2021
COVID-19 Testing
Includes screening testing of targeted individuals as well as open on-demand testing for students, faculty and staff who may be asymptomatic, symptomatic, or have had an exposure.
This Period 1/25/2021 - 1/31/2021
Positivity Rate:
Ohio Positivity Rate:
Cumulative since 1/1/2021
Positivity Rate:
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