COVID on campus

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The news column “COVID on campus” posts relevant COVID-19 news every week for UWEC students.

Several locations around Eau Claire are now able to offer vaccines to those eligible, both to those with local health care providers and those without.

While Eau Claire does not have a mass vaccination clinic, it does offer several locations for those eligible to choose from.

Among the locations available, there are several locations through local health care providers, such as: 

  • HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital/Prevea
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System
  • Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Several OakLeaf Clinic locations

Additionally, vaccinations are available to those whose health care providers are not local or for those who do not have a health care provider. All vaccine locations are available to contact on the Eau Claire County Response Homepage.

Vaccine locations for those who do not wish to go through local health care providers include:

  • Eau Claire City-County Health Department
  • Walgreens, specifically the Clairemont Ave. and S. Hastings Way locations
  • Walmart
  • Sam’s Club

According to WEAU, Target will soon also become a location where vaccines are available, thanks to its partnership with CVS.

Certain students at UW-Eau Claire also received an email from Blugold Central at 1:20 p.m. today regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, formerly known as the CARES Act. Based on their FAFSAs for the 2020-2021 year, some students may receive grants.  

In national news, the House just passed a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill which President Joe Biden hopes to sign on Friday, according to CNBC.

The bill passed the House without a Republican vote by a margin of 220-211. This stimulus check would be the third since the start of the pandemic. The first gave $1,200 while the second round of stimulus checks offered up to $600, according to USA Today.

As of 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, there is one new positive case of COVID-19 among on-campus students tested at Zorn Arena out of the 390 on-campus student tests, 300 off-campus student tests and 122 staff and faculty tests given.

According to the UW-Eau Claire COVID-19 dashboard, there have been 26,956 tests given since Jan. 23, with 44 tests being positive for COVID-19. 

As of 9 a.m. today, there are no students in quarantine or in isolation on campus currently. 

The Barron County data has no new positive cases of COVID-19. However, there have been 16 total weekly tests given to students and 21 weekly tests given to staff and faculty.

As of 1:45 p.m. on March 8, the information from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department said there are 5 new student-connected positive cases of COVID-19 as well as three new staff-connected cases. 

Since September of 2020, the total number of student-connected cases of COVID-19 now rests at 1,082 cases, which is an increase of five cases since last week. The total number of staff and faculty-connected cases is now at 46 cases, which is an increase of three cases since last week.

In Eau Claire County, there have been a total of 11,056 positive cases of COVID-19, an increase of 38 cases since last week. There have also been a total of 48,724 negative tests for COVID-19, according to the Eau Claire County Information Hub.

There have been 105 confirmed deaths due to COVID-19, which has increased by one death since last week. Out of all of the cases of COVID-19 infections in Eau Claire County, 358 cases have required hospitalization, which increased by four cases since last week.

There are currently 98 active cases of COVID-19 infections ongoing, with a total of 10,852 recovered cases currently. 

Spierings can be reached at [email protected]