New Normal: PA announcers bring sense of normalcy during unusual season | WFRV

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed plenty in the sports world. In an era with no fans in the stands it’s the public address announcers that bring a sense of normalcy and energy to otherwise empty gyms. Phoenix public announcer Trevor Ramseier helps brings more energy to GB basketball games, even without any fans.

Source: New Normal: PA announcers bring sense of normalcy during unusual season | WFRV

New COVID-19 vaccination locations at UWO, UWGB Marinette Campus | NBC26

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh announced Wednesday a community COVID-19 vaccination center will open next week to eligible members of the public by appointment only. This week, eligible healthcare workers, essential workers and others in Phase 1a are being vaccinated at the site on a limited basis, UWO says. The site will begin taking appointments soon for the full opening the week of Feb. 15.

Source: New COVID-19 vaccination locations at UWO, UWGB Marinette Campus | NBC26

Prevea vaccine clinic to open in Marinette | News |

MARINETTE—Prevea Health and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced Wednesday a Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will soon open on the UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus at 750 W. Bay Shore St. in Marinette, in partnership with the Marinette County Public Health Department.The Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all community members eligible for the vaccine under the vaccination prioritization guidelines set by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). Currently, that includes frontline health care personnel, residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, police and fire personnel, and adults 65 and older. Appointments are required and appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply provided by DHS.

Source: Prevea vaccine clinic to open in Marinette | News |

Black History Month events held via Zoom have allowed local universities to ‘reach the world’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (NBC26) — Calls for racial justice were heard far and wide this past year.Now, during this Black History Month, many of those calls are heard through Zoom.”Covid has allowed us the opportunity to reach the world,” UW-Oshkosh (UWO) African American Studies Director Dr. Alphonso Simpson said.The Northeast Wisconsin community is celebrating Black History Month with a twist this year. Nearly all of the events held at places like UW-Green Bay and UWO are on the computer.

“We stop to think about those contributions that have made our pathway better, and those contributions that have opened the door for us to have continued dialogue,” Vice Chancellor for UWGB Inclusivity Dr. Corey King said.

But that dialogue is a lot different online.

“The greatest opportunity for impact was when we gathered as a people, right?” King said. “[It was] through the marches [and] through the meaningful gatherings.”

Source: Black History Month events held via Zoom have allowed local universities to ‘reach the world’

Lucky to be old? UW-Green Bay Alumna details COVID-19 vaccination experience| Wisconsin State Farmer

UW-Green Bay alumna Susan Manzke ’09 (adult returning student) was nervous about her vaccination appointment at the Prevea vaccination site on the Green Bay Campus…

“So I worried. First, would the weather cooperate? Second, would I find my way to the correct building? Would there be a long line? Would there be a long wait? … Just too many things for me to think about before my appointment…

Her experience turned out not to be worth the worry and she chronicled it in a column for the Wisconsin State Farmer.

Green Bay bus route now stops at Prevea vaccination clinic, Kress Center | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay bus route seven will stop at the Kress Center on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s campus. According to the City of Green Bay, effective immediately this route will service the Kress Center on-request.

“Our role as a public regional university is to make our community a stronger and better place,” said UWGB Chancellor Michael Alexander. Prevea Health recently opened a vaccination clinic at UWGB that, when operating at full capacity, can administer over 10,000 doses a week.

“After seeing so much pain and suffering these past 10 months, our dedication has never been more galvanized,” said Prevea Health President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai.

Source: Green Bay bus route now stops at UWGB vaccination clinic | WFRV Local 5 – Green Bay, Appleton

Photo of the covid-19 virus enlarged under a microscope with the text, "COVID-19 Why it Matters: Vaccine myths vs reality."

Video COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 17, Vaccine myths vs. reality

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel on COVID-19 and Why it Matters. This series empowers viewers with knowledge to help them navigate through the pandemic. Merkel has a Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology from the Medical College of Virginia. He is an associate professor in UW-Green Bay’s Human Biology & Biology programs and has an appointment at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He will be responding to a number of questions related to COVID-19 and try to get behind the “why” it’s important to be educated in your decision-making as we navigate the pandemic together.

Video Transcript – COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 17, Vaccine myths vs reality

Hello, I am Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology at UW-Green Bay and we’re here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

The vaccines that are currently available the Moderna vaccine and the Pfizer vaccine certain myths that are around in terms of this vaccine. There’s no evidence that this vaccine is going to alter your DNA, in that when you get immunized, you’re not being exposed to the virus itself, you get exposed to the RNA. The RNA gets inside your body. It allows our bodies ultimately to develop a response just to the one part of the virus that we need to make a response to. And it’s a very safe vaccine.

One of the things that you can expect, however, is that you may have a fever, you may not feel “right” because our immune systems are normally at rest. So, when we get immunized to things safely, we’re ramping up the immune system by design. All vaccines are different in terms of how efficacious that they are, but 95 percent is very good. As great as 95 percent sounds, which it is, one out of 20, even after immunization, if they get exposed, they certainly can become infected.

The more of us that become vaccinated, the better off we’re going to be. What this is going to do is to decrease the burden of this virus in the environment, in the population and once we get down below a certain threshold then we can begin to think about removing our masks and going back to the life that we used to know. So, when my opportunity comes around, I am really looking forward to getting immunized myself.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from

Part 2: Two main types of viruses

Part 3: Why is this virus serious?

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care?

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start?

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask?

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year?

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine?

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information?

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear?

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important?

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies?

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants?

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality

Colleges ease application requirements for incoming freshmen because of pandemic – WFRV

“We’re taking into consideration that everyone’s lives have been disrupted since March of 2020,” said Jen Jones, assistant vice chancellor for Enrollment Services from UW-Green Bay.

So this year hundreds of colleges have made some significant changes, making the application process a bit easier. Both St. Norbert and UW-Green Bay have removed the requirement to submit ACT or SAT scores.

Source: Colleges ease application requirements for incoming freshmen because of pandemic, WFRV

COVID-19 vaccinations for people 65 and older underway in Brown County

GREEN BAY – Close to 1,000 people are expected to get COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday at the Prevea Health clinic on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus, according to Dr. Ashok Rai, CEO of Prevea Health. A statewide push to vaccinate people ages 65 and older began Monday after the state announced on Jan. 19 that age group was now eligible for the shots. Prevea Health has been vaccinating people 65 and up since Wednesday because it had allotments available at the time of the announcement for people in that age group, Rai said. Bellin Health also reported a high demand in appointments last week and urged patience as more slots open up. While most of the Brown County’s recent cases remain highest among people in their 20s, most of the 190 Brown County residents who died due to the virus were 70 or older, according to DHS data.

Source: COVID-19 vaccinations for people 65 and older underway in Brown County