Photo of an UW-Green Bay student-athlete wearing a ‘Nix the Vid face mask to help keep the UW-Green Bay community safe!

Video: Student-athletes press on to ‘Nix the Vid

UW-Green Bay student-athletes have worked together to ‘Nix the Vid and help keep the UW-Green Bay community safeIt’s been a year of pressing on during the pandemic but these Green Bay athletes are not allowing COVID-19 to hold them back! Members of the Phoenix family take pride in protecting themselves and others by following the 3 Ws—wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance. https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward/. Go Phoenix!

 

 

Video: Chancellor Alexander to students… ‘You are doing an amazing job’

Hi UW-Green Bay students. I hope you’re all doing well.

We’re a few weeks before the Thanksgiving break and I want to let you know that we’ve done an amazing job to this point to keep the campus safe and be able to function as best we can throughout the pandemic.

I want to urge you over these last few weeks going into Thanksgiving to please stay vigilant. To please make sure you’re doing everything you can to make sure that not only are you safe in these last few weeks on campus, but that we’re able to have you all go home and be safe while you’re with your families, so that we can bring you all back and resume the last few weeks of the semester.

I urge you to please make sure if you’re on campus that you are taking responsibility for the testing that we have each week for you.

I want to thank you one more time for everything you’ve done this semester. The work and attention and detail that you have done is remarkable, and the rates that we have relative to our community shows just how responsible you’ve been. I am incredibly appreciative and I know everyone at the University is for the way you’ve handled what’s been a really difficult semester.

Thank you, and I want to wish you the best for the rest of your semester. I know that everyone did not have classes exactly as they wanted them, and appreciate your flexibility while we’re able to get this sorted out and make sure that you persist in your education. That’s the most important thing for us right now. We want you to continue to persist in your education. The pandemic will end as soon as possible and at that point we want to make sure that all of you are still on track to finish your educational goals.

Thanks again for your attention. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and we look forward to seeing you these next few weeks and when you return.

 

Photo of a red car turning into UW-Green Bay's main entrance past the digital marquee with the text "Covid-19 Rapid Test, free, by appointment doineedacovid19test.com."

Video: Community leaders join UW-Green Bay in promoting a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Center

Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach joined Chancellor Mike Alexander in promoting Rapid COVID-19 Testing at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. The University is serving as a drive-up testing site for the community. The “surge testing” is a partnership between the UW System and the U.S, Department of Health and is available to anyone age 5-and-older at no cost, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment at https://doineedacovid19test.com. Individuals do not have to be experiencing symptoms nor have close contact of someone with COVID-19 to get a test, nor do they need to live in Green Bay. ETrueNorth is under contract to administer the tests. 

Video Transcript for COVID-19 Rapid Testing Center: President Thompson from the UW System and the federal government for providing us the tests today to be able to provide for the community. We have over 12,000 tests that we’ll be able to give out. And we appreciate being able to host this on our campus and hopefully help our community to help stop the spread.

Thank you to the chancellor and his team for really bringing forward this rapid test opportunity to our area. Fifteen minutes you know you’ll have your results. This is the first time that we can actually have real-time testing taking place for the general community. And as we want to get our economy back, it’s really important for us to be able to have the ability to test and then know the results more immediately. To have that rapid testing ability, it’s not something that we’ve had previously in this community. I think it’s a good way to get a sense for what community spread actually looks like in the Green Bay area.

We need people to continue to be vigilant. We need people to continue to social distance, wear masks. Thanksgiving around the corner here to celebrate in a much different way. With just members of your own household, with your immediate family rather than those large gatherings around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Because we’re at a really critical point here. This is what we need not just in Green Bay, Brown County, State of Wisconsin, this is what we need all across the country. We have positivity rates in this community and this state, that are really through the roof. Which indicates that we need more testing. We need more contact tracing and this is a huge step in the right direction.

More at https://www.uwgb.edu/phoenix-forward.

UW campuses prepare to open coronavirus test sites | WLUK

“Community members can come on campus and register online for an appointment, come filter through, get a test taken, and then within 15 minutes they can get that result,” UWGB interim chancellor Sheryl Van Gruensven said. UW-Green Bay opens its surge testing site on Monday.

Source: UW campuses prepare to open coronavirus test sites | WLUK

UWGB to open rapid testing site; 7-day positivity rate of 37.26%

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will begin to offer rapid COVID-19 testing Nov. 9 to off-campus people as a “surge testing site.”

The seven-day positivity rate in Brown County stood at 37.26% since a testing site at the Brown County Fairgrounds in De Pere opened on Monday. Green Bay was ranked 20th as of Wednesday in the New York Times’ analysis of infection rates in metro areas.

Source: UWGB to open rapid testing site; 7-day positivity rate of 37.26%, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Photo of the Covid-19 virus under a microscope with the text, "Covid-19 Why it matters: Fall break, protect yourself and others.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 13, Fall Break…Protect Yourself and Others

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 13: Thanksgiving break, protect yourself & others

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

Today we want to talk about holidays like Thanksgiving and how to address celebrating Thanksgiving while doing that safely given the realities of COVID-19. One of the ways we can think about that is to think about relative risks.

The lowest risk option is to celebrate the holiday with your household family members.

The next category of risk, which we would describe as having moderate risk, would be to travel to visit family members, extended family members, or entertain extended family members at your home. The best option in that particular scenario would be to do it outside. Now that’s difficult because it is getting colder but nonetheless that is the recommendation. Some of the associated recommendations—if you were to do that outside would be to avoid sharing utensils, keeping your distance, and when not eating or drinking wearing your face covering.

The higher risk category would be larger gatherings with family members indoors, shopping, all of those kinds of things in busy areas. Those carry greater risk just because of the habits and nature of this virus. It will take advantage of those kinds of things. So, plan ahead and realize that different activities carry risk.

Self-quarantine for 14 days before visiting others over Thanksgiving. Be safe and follow the three W’s as we say at UW-Green Bay—wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. Thank you.

COVID-19 Why it Matters: Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come fromhttps://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s

Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask?https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Part 13: Fall break, protect yourself & others https://youtu.be/h21Ed_bBTE4

 

More than 12,000 Free Rapid COVID Tests Available at Drive-Up Testing Site at UW-Green Bay, beginning Monday, Nov. 9

GREEN BAY, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host one of the state’s COVID-19 “surge-testing sites”—a partnership between the UW System’s 13 Universities and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as announced today (Nov. 4) by UW System President Tommy Thompson. See the UW System news release.

It is the first time a federal surge testing operation will utilize Abbott BinaxNOW rapid point-of-care tests that provide a result “while-you-wait,” within 15 minutes. PCR Tests distributed by the federal government and allocated by the state Department of Health Services will be used as a confirmatory test in line with Department of Health Services existing protocol.

The drive-up testing area will be held near UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, which allows easy access and traffic flow from Nicolet Drive. Campuses are currently establishing testing sites with medical support provided by eTrueNorth under contract with the federal government.

Testing will be available to anyone age 5-and-older at no cost, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment at DoINeedACovid19Test.com. Individuals do not have to be experiencing symptoms nor have close contact of someone with COVID-19 to get a test, nor do they need to live in Green Bay.

“Our universities are perfectly positioned to help Wisconsin combat the spread of COVID-19,” Thompson said in a statement, today. “This is the Wisconsin Idea in action, and a recognition of our existing work to keep our students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible during the pandemic.”

The state Department of Health Services will be supplying an additional 30,000 PCR tests as part of the effort. Individuals who test negative using the BinaxNOW test but also are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or who test positive but do not have symptoms are urged to get a confirmatory PCR test at the testing site.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander said the campus is prepared to do what it takes to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in Northeast Wisconsin.

“It is our responsibility to do what we can to help stop the spread,” he said. “We have been granted more than 12,000 tests to use on our campus to help slow the spread of the pandemic. We urge everyone, especially those 30-years-and-younger who are less likely to be symptomatic but still carry and unknowingly spread the virus, to take advantage of this quick and easy testing opportunity.”

Individuals who want to be tested can register online, proceed to the testing site, administer the test themselves under supervision, and label it for processing. All participants must register for a free test at DoINeedACOVID19Test.com. Participants will also retrieve results by logging into this portal after receiving an email that results are ready.

Alexander is also asking the community to help spread the word about this new testing program.

“It’s free, it’s fast and it will help our community to get the spread under control,” he shared. “UW-Green Bay wants to be a part of the solution in this community and that’s why we’re working so hard to get the word out. Please tell your family, friends and neighbors to get a test.”

Students who live on the Green Bay Campus will not have their testing procedures or test site altered. They will be expected to continue their weekly mandatory surveillance testing at the Kress Events Center Turf Gym. All other UW-Green Bay students have the option of using either testing option to monitor COVID-19.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Photo of the Covid-19 virus enlarged under a microscope with the text, "Covid-19 Why Huge Covid-19 spike in Wisconsin.

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 12, Why huge COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

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 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin?

Hello, Brian Merkel, Microbiology and Immunology UW-Green Bay and we are here today to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

Specifically, we want to address the current spike that we’re having in COVID-19 in Wisconsin. I think one of the best examples of why we should be so concerned about the spikes that we’re currently dealing with in Wisconsin, has to do with the reality that we just opened up a field hospital in Milwaukee.

Now that’s something as an educator at UW-Green Bay, that I used to talk about just in history books with the pandemic problem of 1918. Never in my life would I ever thought for a minute that we would be doing something like that now.

So, here we are. We have this terrible spike in Wisconsin now. In terms of explanations, it has to do with large gatherings and people not following the prescribed safeguards. The challenge is compliance and so we strongly encourage people to realize and there’s empowerment to this because the more each of us does our part to comply with the prescribed safeguards, the better off we’re going to be, and the more likely we’re going to get a good handle on this virus.

We strongly encourage you to wear masks, wash your hands, and keep your distance, and avoid large gatherings and please stay at home when you’re sick.

COVID-19 Why it Matters Video Series:

Introduction with Brian Merkel https://youtu.be/M-yYPSPk30Q

Part 1: What are viruses and where did this one come from https://youtu.be/DYbiIv8ICgs

Part 2: Two main types of viruses https://youtu.be/O-OVk3rx96s Part 3: Why is this virus serious? https://youtu.be/EDFyNN8i5G4

Part 4: Why wash hands/wear mask? https://youtu.be/FlcAvlt876Y

Part 5: I’m young! Why should I care? https://youtu.be/TDrEV_beY1U

Part 6: Can pandemics be stopped before they start? https://youtu.be/lgWnJZNYbFI

Part 7: Pandemic is not local, why wear a mask? https://youtu.be/IG3Sl3q-xH8

Part 8: Why does everyone need a flu shot this year? https://youtu.be/DGpBFj0fJkA

Part 9: What is the science behind a vaccine? https://youtu.be/eQ3FclkYaQo

Part 10: Where can I find accurate information? https://youtu.be/pLMlU5Xnkgo

Part 11: What type of mask should I wear? https://youtu.be/gCFHxQvkVYE

Part 12: Why HUGE COVID-19 spikes in Wisconsin? https://youtu.be/OuqmXvrDApY

Virtual Q and A with Counseling Team is next week

The Counseling Team from UW-Green Bay will answer your questions about mental health support and resources available to UW-Green Bay students. A session for parents will be held Monday, Nov. 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. Parents can join the Teams meeting at this link. A session for students will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 4 to 5 p.m. Students can join at this link.

Panelists

  • Amy Henniges, Counseling Director
  • Lissa Balison, MSE, LPC, Senior Counselor
  • Theresa Weise, MA, LPC, CSAC, Senior Counselor
  • Michelle Gauger, MS, LPC, CSAC, Counselor
  • John Cheslock, MA, LPC, Counselor