COVID on Campus

COVID cases continue to decline

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February 22, 2024
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The news column “COVID on campus” posts relevant COVID-19 news every week for UWEC students.

UW-Eau Claire continues to see low levels of COVID-19 transmission on campus. The COVID-19 Dashboard reported only one new positive case from 469 tests during the week of Feb. 14. 

The dashboard also reported 12 on-campus students in isolation and six in quarantine as of Feb. 18. 

On-campus students are required to isolate when experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting test results, and to quarantine with a positive test or close contact. Katherine Thomas Hall remains open for students in quarantine. 

According to the dashboard, 7,909 UW-Eau Claire students have uploaded proof of vaccination, making up 83.5% of all students, as of Jan. 3. 

Student Health Services is holding upcoming vaccine booster clinics on Feb. 22 and March 2 that will be located at the Student Health Center.

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, individuals are eligible for a booster dose 5 months after the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or 2 months after the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Students can register for the upcoming clinics online or by calling 715-836-5360.

UW-Eau Claire follows a larger trend as the surrounding area also records declining COVID-19 transmission. 

The Eau Claire County Health Department released a weekly report on Feb. 18 indicating a fourth consecutive week with significant decline in positive cases. Eau Claire county reported 347 positive cases, a 42% decline from the previous week, but remaining in the “Very High” category. 

Eau Claire County also reports 60.2% of residents as fully vaccinated, a 0.4% increase from the previous week. 

The state of Wisconsin also recorded another week of declining cases with a seven-day average of 1,371 new cases and 15 deaths according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). 

For the state of Wisconsin, 60.2% of residents are fully vaccinated, according to the DHS dashboard, with 11,671 new vaccines given this week. 

The U.S. recorded another week of declining cases with the seven-day average falling to 93,024 new cases according to CDC data released on Feb. 18.

The CDC also reported a seven-day average of 209,231 new vaccinations bringing the national total to 549,939,423 vaccinations administered. 

While the case numbers have declined over the past few weeks, the U.S. has seen an increase in COVID deaths as the national death toll climbs to 930,954. 

The week of Feb. 14 marked another week of low transmission on campus as cases continue to decline in the region and across the country.

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