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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 January 12 Video Update
We are excited to welcome students, faculty and staff back to our campuses with the start of the spring semester. Over the last several weeks, we have been focused on safely returning to our campuses by increasing testing to actively identify positive cases and implement isolation plans before the start of the semester. This week’s COVID-19 dashboard, outlined in this email and on the Forward Falcons website, reflects the significant increase in our campus population and testing over the last 10 days.
While cases have increased, the majority of the active cases we are tracking were identified early through at-home testing, prior to students moving back to Bowling Green. We are really thankful for all of the students who took advantage of testing before the start of the semester. This has helped us to quickly identify positive cases and begin isolation, quarantines and contact tracing.
COVID-19 Testing
BGSU will continue to offer free COVID-19 tests to slow the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. This testing in the first few weeks will be prioritized for students, as health care resources are limited and students are most likely to be returning from hometown communities and congregating in closer quarters. However, if a faculty or staff member who is working on-campus needs a COVID-19 test, they are also able to sign up.
Testing is by appointment. There are two options: a PCR test with results in 24 to 48 hours, and, a rapid test with results in 15 minutes. Both tests are a mid-nasal swab. Testing is taking place in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union, with dates and times updated throughout the week on the Forward Falcons website. Sign up for your test now.
Campus Health and Safety Protocols
As we begin the spring semester, we will be diligent in practicing health and safety guidelines. This includes wearing a face covering, keeping a small social circle, maintaining 6 feet of physical distance and washing your hands often. Stay home if you are feeling ill, even with mild symptoms. Our campus testing is available if you wake up with or develop COVID-19 symptoms at any point. In addition, BGSU will continue to follow Ohio’s 10 p.m. curfew, which was recently extended.
We are looking forward to a great spring semester. Thank you for doing your part to keep our campuses as healthy and safe as possible.
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer
Schedule your free COVID-19 test
BGSU is prioritizing free COVID-19 rapid and PCR testing to all students upon their return to campus. Faculty or staff members who need a test may also sign up. 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.
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PCR Test
Results within 24-48 hours.
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New Students and Employees: Sign the Forward Falcon Community Commitment
The health and safety of our campus community remains our top priority. If you are a new BGSU student or employee this semester, please complete the Forward Falcon Community Commitment and help us slow the spread of COVID-19. As a public university for the public good, you are helping to protect your own health and the health of our Falcon family.

Weeks of Welcome kicks off spring semester
We are celebrating the start of spring semester with Weeks of Welcome featuring a Winter Wonderland. Throughout the month of January, there will be virtual and in-person events where you can hang out with friends, meet new people and have fun at a safe physical distance. You can find a full list of events and activities on our Weeks of Welcome web page.
If you haven't checked it out already, make sure you head to the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle now through Friday to check out the Winter Wonderland. Heated tents, twinkling lights, an iceless ice rink, workshop activities and virtual reality experiences are just a few things to expect to find each evening.

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 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 are not yet available for the general public, but supply is expected to increase during the coming months. As information becomes available about the next phases, the Wood County Health Department will share information with all local news media contacts, as well as BGSU.
The Wood County Health Department expects to continue receiving COVID-19 vaccine shipments but does not yet know how long it will take to provide vaccines to people who want them in Phase 1A. We will share more information as we receive it about Phase 1B. Visit the Wood County Health Department Vaccine page for more information and further details about each phase.

Our dashboard numbers reflect the return to campus period and will reset next week for the spring 2021 semester.
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.
Total Cases:
170 Students
(163 Students off-campus)
4 Faculty 9 Staff
1/1/2021 - 1/10/2021
Last Period:
37 Students
1 Faculty 8 Staff
12/23/2020 – 12/31/2020
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:
96% beds available
As of 1/10/2021
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 1/10/2021
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.
Positivity Rate:
Ohio Positivity Rate:
Total testing for this period included home PCR testing of residence hall students before their return to campus. Positivity rate for this group was 4.3%