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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 26 Video Update
This week’s COVID-19 dashboard, outlined in this email and on the Forward Falcons website, reflects a plateau in positive cases as compared to the previous reporting period. This is a great first step and, from here, we hope to see a drop in cases over the next several weeks which would allow us to explore safely reintroducing more events and activities this semester.
Every day, we move closer to being on the other side of this global pandemic. We are hopeful as more vaccines become available. We also understand COVID-19 fatigue is very real. We are all eager to return to normalcy but we need to continue to practice health and safety guidelines while vaccination efforts ramp up. Please continue to wear a face covering, maintain six feet of distance and keep a small social circle.
Vaccination Planning
Vaccines are rolling out across our region. At this time, the vast majority of our BGSU community is not yet eligible as health departments are focusing supplies on the most vulnerable populations. We continue to be part of conversations with our partners in public health around vaccination efforts. BGSU is offering immediate support in supplies and resources and, if and when the time comes, space for large-scale vaccination clinics. More information is available about vaccines at Wood County Health Department and Erie County Health Department.
COVID-19 Testing Available
Free COVID-19 testing is available weekdays in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union for students, faculty and staff. This testing is by appointment, with dates and times listed on the Forward Falcons website. Please take advantage of this resource to help us to quickly identify positive cases and slow the spread of COVID-19. Make your appointment.
We are so thankful for our students, faculty and staff who remain flexible, compassionate and responsible as we all work together to keep our campuses open. Your individual actions make a difference. Thank you for all you are doing to lower your risk level.
Be well,
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Ben Batey, MPH, RN
Chief Health Officer

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 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.

Students, you can help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution
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 giving to families. Both medical and non-medical volunteers are essential with every MRC mission.

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Community Talking Points
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
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. Wood County's Phase 1B began last week for those age 80 and older. Each week, the required age to be eligible to receive vaccines will be reduced by five years.
This week, people 75 and older are eligible, along with those who have severe congenital or developmental disorders. During the week of Feb. 1, people age 70 or older are eligible, as are employees of K-12 schools that commit to in-person or hybrid education. 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.
Avoiding COVID-19 Scams
Public health workers and law enforcement in Wood County are cautioning people to avoid potential fraud related to COVID-19. Watch a video from Wood County Health Commissioner Ben Robison and Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn sharing tips on how to avoid being the victim of COVID-19 related fraud.
Health Department representatives will not ask for your bank account, credit card number or Social Security number. If you have concerns that a call you receive is not legitimate, ask for the caller’s name and phone number, hang up, and call Wood County Health Department at 419-352-8402 to verify their identity.
You can also make sure that you access legitimate information online by directly visiting the websites for trusted sources, such as Wood County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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:
62 Students
0 Faculty 9 Staff
1/18/2021 - 1/24/2021
(75% of cases for this period live off-campus)
Last Period:
52 Students
5 Faculty 8 Staff
1/11/2021 - 1/17/2021
(73% of cases for this period live off-campus)
114 Students
5 Faculty 17 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:
92% beds available
As of 1/25/2021
Students Currently Quarantined in Residence Halls:
As of 1/25/2021
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 1/18/2021 - 1/24/2021
Positivity Rate:
Ohio Positivity Rate:
Cumulative since 1/1/2021
Positivity Rate: