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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 March 2 Video Update
In this week’s COVID-19 update, there is a slight increase in cases compared to the previous week, as outlined in this email and on the Forward Falcons website. As cases declined steadily over the last several weeks, we anticipated reaching a plateau, reflecting regional and state trends. We must continue to do our part to lower our risk levels and slow the spread on our campuses.
This week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the state will receive nearly 450,000 vaccines, allowing Ohio to expand to the next eligible group. For more information on vaccines, and a list of provider locations, please visit Ohio’s coronavirus website, the Wood County Health Department website, or the Erie County Health Department website.
With more vaccines available, we are hopeful and eager for a return to normalcy. Throughout the global pandemic, we have seen a spike in cases directly correlated to holidays, events and large gatherings. The small actions you take every day – wearing a face covering, keeping a small social circle, washing your hands, and staying home and getting tested if you feel ill or have been exposed to COVID-19 – will make a difference in our ability to open more activities throughout the spring.
Testing remains a priority with free rapid and PCR testing available in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union for students, faculty and staff. We encourage you to take advantage of this free resource.
Thank you for your flexibility and compassion. Every day, we are closer to being on the other side of the global pandemic, and we appreciate everything you are doing to keep our campuses safe and healthy!
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer

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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.
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Results within 24-48 hours.
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Latest Vaccine Information
COVID-19 vaccines continue to be in short supply everywhere. The Wood County Health Department and its partners are working together to ensure that all people who are currently eligible have opportunities to be vaccinated. We are committed to distributing vaccines as quickly as we receive them, and we are ready for the time when supply increases. Doses are not being stockpiled.
Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines will expand starting Thursday. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Monday that the age requirement will be reduced to age 60 starting Thursday, when the following people will also become eligible:
  • Anyone who is pregnant or is living with type 1 diabetes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or who has received a bone marrow transplant.
  • Those who work in childcare services, funeral services, law enforcement or corrections.
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.
Become a Wood County MRC volunteer and help with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution
The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals, as well as other community members without healthcare backgrounds.
Wood County MRC volunteers also help with flu clinics and tornado response. Volunteers have also helped with non-emergency activities such as packing backpacks with school supplies for families in need. Both medical and non-medical volunteers are essential with every MRC mission. Learn more about the Wood County MRC and how to join by visiting their website.

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:
16 Students
(50% of students live off-campus)
0 Faculty 3 Staff
2/22/2021 - 2/28/2021
Last Period:
13 Students
(85% of students live off-campus)
0 Faculty 0 Staff
2/15/2021 - 2/21/2021
248 Students
6 Faculty 33 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 3/1/2021
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 3/1/2021
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 2/22/2021 - 2/28/2021
Positivity Rate:
Ohio Positivity Rate:
Cumulative since 1/1/2021
Positivity Rate:
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