Reminder: Proof of full vaccination for employees will eliminate requirement for Covid-19 Testing

Since January 19, 2021, it has been a UW System requirement that any employee who comes into any UW-Green Bay building once a week or more to conduct business must obtain a negative COVID-19 test through an antigen test, or through a subsequent confirmation test administered not more than 14 days prior to accessing the campus building. In response on the recent update to SYS 600-02, Interim: Summer 2021 COVID-19 Testing Requirements, it is with pleasure, that we share the news that any UW-Green Bay employee that is fully vaccinated and does not have symptoms of COVID-19 will no longer be required to participate in bi-weekly surveillance testing effective today, May 10, 2021.

Employees who are fully vaccinated can get an exemption from the testing requirement by completing the Immunization Record Form located in the MyUWPortal. As part of the form, employees will be required to upload proof of vaccination, by providing a copy of their vaccination record from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. Instructions on how to complete the form can be viewed here.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two (2) weeks after receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna); or
  • Two (2) weeks after receiving a one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)

Employees who are not fully vaccinated or choose not to receive the vaccination will still be required to obtain a test through the UW Green Bay Testing Center or have the testing administered at a medical service provider of their choice or an alternative testing location. Please note campus testing locations and hours have changed.

On-Campus Testing Logistics:

Green Bay Campus (East Gym located in the Kress Events Center)

  • Week of May 10th
    • Mon & Tues 7:00am-2:00pm
    • Wed & Thurs 12:00pm-4:00pm
    • Fri 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Week of May 17th
    • Mon & Tues 12:00pm-2:00pm
    • Wed & Thurs 10:00am-4:00pm
    • Fri 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Starting the week of May 24th and moving forward
    • Mon/Wed/Thurs 10:30am-12:30pm
    • Tues 2:00pm-4:00pm
    • Fri 9:00am-11:00am

*All appointment availability will be listed on the MyPrevea app, please plan in advance to guarantee availability for a testing appointment.

Marinette Campus (Cafeteria)

  • Last day for on-campus testing will be  Tuesday, May 11th, hours will be 10:00am – 12:00pm

Manitowoc Campus (Gym)

  • Last day for on-campus testing occurred Tuesday, May 4th.

 

Sheboygan Campus (Fine Arts Gallery – Theater Building)

  • Last day for on-campus testing occurred Wednesday, May 5th.

 

 

Employees who are unable to obtain a test on campus can find a local community testing site. Testing at these sites are provided at no cost and may require an appointment. Wisconsin residents may also request an at-home specimen collection kit at no cost. It is important to know that many of these testing sites are only administering PCR (lab resulted) tests and may take 3-5 business days to get the result.

 

Daily Self-Assessment:

 

Employees who have completed the Immunization Record Form exempting them from testing will no longer be required to complete the Daily Self-Assessment prior to arriving to campus each day.

 

As a reminder, all employees should remain diligent and continue to practice the 3 W’s (Wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance) while on campus. Employees should continue to monitor for symptoms and stay home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

 

Should you have questions related to any of the information contained within this e-mail, please feel free to contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Photo of Covid-19 virus magnified with the text, "COVID-19 Why it Matters, Variants and eased restrictions concern."

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 22, Variants and eased restrictions concern

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 22, Variants and eased restrictions concern

Hi Brian Merkel, great to be with you, Microbiology and Immunology UW-Green Bay and we are here to talk to you about COVID-19 and why it matters to you.

The variants, this is something that is very important when it comes to COVID-19. We are coming down off of the curve at this time, however, there are a couple things pushing up on the curve to make things worse. That has to do with the loosening of restrictions. That has to do with some of the travel patterns of individuals that we are concerned with because all of these things represent opportunities for more infections. And how that all ties into the variants.

The more opportunities this unstable virus has to infect people. And when it does infect people, we are giving more of it an opportunity to become something else. We are also giving the variants that currently exist an opportunity to become even more dangerous. There are three categories of them. There are variants of interest. Those are the least concerning but still a concern. There’s variants of concern and there’s variants of high consequence, according to the Center for Disease Control.

As of now, we do not have any variants that are variants of high consequence. We don’t want that to change. Variants of high consequence do not respond to vaccines. They do not respond to therapeutics. We don’t want to start all this all over again. Which means we have to continue to immunize. So, there’s a bit of a race.

We want to immunize as many people as possible, so we create high herd immunity to the variants that are here. Where these things still work and the original strain that causes COVID-19. And we want to continue in this fourth-quarter phase of where we are with this pandemic. To continue maintaining our distance, washing our hands, and wearing masks.

We’re all in this together and we’re so close, let’s just continue and finish it.

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

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

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies? https://youtu.be/J2lfJzoUEHI

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants? https://youtu.be/5l58jEZv3NQ

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality https://youtu.be/bGqLsRRbzVk

Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome? https://youtu.be/f11b8nFpJiE

Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants https://youtu.be/15ifuIosz2c

Part 20: Vaccine Side Effects https://youtu.be/7n3touy2PUY

Part 21: I’m young, why get vaccinated? https://youtu.be/F3KaBpSUpGo

Part 22: Variants and eased restrictions concern https://youtu.be/Xlt0VsxO-UA

 

UW-Green Bay Nursing student, Precious Yang draws up the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to immunize a patient at the Lakeshore Community Health Center in Manitowoc on Friday, March 26, 2021. Observing the nursing student, left, Christine Vandenhouten, chair of Nursing & Health Studies at UW-Green Bay.

100,000+ Doses of Vaccine Distributed on UW-Green Bay Campuses

University continues to help region move forward from pandemic

Green Bay, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s four campuses are making a significant difference in the battle against COVID-19. With Prevea Health community vaccination clinics at all four campuses (Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan), Prevea has administered nearly 105,000 doses of vaccine to date at these sites alone.

“We are grateful for the collective effort of our students, faculty, staff, and our partners at Prevea Health to fight the pandemic,” says UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander. “Reaching the milestones of 100,000 vaccination shots and 30,000 rapid tests is helping our region to move past the pandemic. Not only have we shown how resilient we are in continuing to educate and keep students safe during this time, we’ve also served, as we should, as an important community partner in being a part of the solution. We will continue to try to solve problems for the region we serve.”

“COVID-19 vaccination is key as we move forward in this pandemic to determine what will happen next. We are extremely thankful to our UW-Green Bay partners and the way that they have wanted to help steer this pandemic in the right direction,” says President and CEO, Dr. Ashok Rai. “Their partnership has allowed us the space we’ve needed to vaccinate the masses in four of our communities. I can’t say enough how important this has been as we make every effort to vaccinate Northeast Wisconsin.”

COVID-19 vaccines are available at all four UW-Green Bay campuses with many available appointments. To schedule an appointment, visit: prevea.com/vaccine.

UW-Green Bay Nursing Students Step to Front Lines

To date, UW-Green Bay nursing students have provided more than 700 hours vaccinating and educating at COVID vaccination sites in February and March alone. Additionally, nursing faculty have contributed 77 hours toward vaccination efforts during this period. Nursing students are eager to be involved in this important public health initiative. Nursing students and supervising nursing faculty have assisted at 13 vaccination sites including at the Marinette School District, Watertown City Health Department, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Kewaunee County Health Department, Green Bay Correctional Institution, Lawrence University, and National Guard/Menasha City Health Department. Additional sites include Lakeshore Community Health Center, Veterans Administration Clinic and Aurora BayCare.

This effort has been supported by a Wisconsin Partnership Program Grant and UW System tuition credit program for nursing students involved in assisting with COVID response activities.

Rapid Testing will Continue through May

In response to the region’s ongoing need for Covid-19 testing, UW-Green Bay will be extending the community surge drive-thru testing at the Weidner Center through May 2021. To date, 30,765 rapid antigen and confirmatory PCR tests have been given at the site. To schedule an appointment please visit doineedacovid19test.com.

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Vaccine clinic opens on UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus | WFRV

Monday afternoon, a new vaccination site opened on the UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus.

“We want to make sure everybody gets vaccinated and doesn’t have to travel too far, so just having a Green Bay campus and asking people to travel wouldn’t be fair, so really are trying to make sure we get the mass vaccination sites as close to where people live as possible,” Dr. Ashok Rai, President & CEO of Prevea said.

Source: Vaccine clinic opens on UW-Green Bay Manitowoc Campus | WFRV

Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus to open Monday, March 29

Appointments now available at myprevea.com

Manitowoc, Wis.—A Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is opening in Manitowoc at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus, 705 Viebahn St., inside Hillside Hall on Monday, March 29.

The Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc 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). Appointments are required and appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply provided by DHS.

How to make an appointment

The fastest way to get an appointment scheduled is with MyPrevea. Visit www.myprevea.com to set up an account at no cost. You do not have to be a Prevea patient to sign up for a MyPrevea account or to make an appointment for a vaccination.  MyPrevea is also available as an app on any smartphone or other device. If you do not have access or are unable to use the internet, Prevea has a toll-free number dedicated to COVID-19 vaccination questions and information: 1 (833) 344 – 4373.

Having trouble, or still have questions?

Visit www.prevea.com/vaccine for information on Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic locations, vaccination eligibility, how to create a MyPrevea account, how to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination and more.

Prevea Health also currently operates community COVID-19 vaccination clinics at UW-Green Bay campuses in Green Bay, Sheboygan and Marinette; at Jacob’s Well Church in Chippewa Falls; and at other sites throughout Wisconsin pending vaccine supply. Again, appointments are required at all locations and appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

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Media Contacts:

Angela Deja

Public Relations Manager

Prevea Health

(715) 271-7707

angela.deja@prevea.com

 

Sue Bodilly

Asst. Dir., Marketing and University Communication

UW-Green Bay

(920) 465-5502

bodillys@uwgb.edu

About Prevea Health
Founded in Green Bay, Wis. in 1996, Prevea Health is a health care organization that provides high-quality, primary and specialty health care in 80+ locations across Northern, Eastern and Western Wisconsin in clinic and hospital settings. It is partnered with six Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals across Wisconsin to provide patients a system of highly-coordinated care, close to home: HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls; HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls. For more information, visit www.prevea.com.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

 

Community COVID-19 vaccine clinic opening at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus

The Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to all community members eligible for the vaccine under the vaccination prioritization guidelines set by Wisconsin DHS.

Source: Community COVID-19 vaccine clinic opening at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus | NBC26

UW-Green Bay planning to be in-person for fall 2021 semester

UWGB Interim Provost Kate Burns said, “Our plan is also to be back in the fall in terms of a whole lot of in-person classes.” That’s news students are looking forward to after a year of most classes being online.

“To me, it’s just a lot easier being in-person,” said UWGB junior Colin Jeantet.

“It will be nice to have that in-person experience again, be able to connect with your classmates and professors,” said junior Caleb Deering.

Source: UW Green Bay planning to be in-person for fall 2021 semester | FOX11

Photo of a microscopic enlargement of the COVID-19 virus with the text, COVID-19 Why it matters: Spring break, protect yourself

Video: COVID-19 Why it Matters: Part 19, Spring Break, protect yourself against variants

This video series features UW-Green Bay’s Immunologist Brian Merkel discussing 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 19: Spring Break, protect yourself against variants: 

“Good morning, Brian Merkel, microbiology and immunology at UW-Green Bay and we are here to talk about why COVID-19 matters to you.

There are so many things to be optimistic in. We are going to have enough vaccine supply to vaccinate every adult in the United States by the end of May. We have the good news about the supply, and we are coming down off of the curve. However, on the other hand, importantly we have these COVID variants which are much more contagious. That requires us then to be vigilant.

In fact, studies indicate that if we relax our good public health measures that would greatly impact the effectiveness of the vaccines, despite how rapid the rollout would be. The idea is to approach spring break with wearing masks, keeping our distance, and washing our hands, avoiding congregate settings, so we can allow the vaccines to do the good work that they need to do.

Especially where the variants are concerned because if we do otherwise, the concern is that we will be looking at a fourth surge caused by these COVID variants despite all the great vaccines that we have available to us.”

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

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

Part 14: Why is COVID-19 Testing so Important? https://youtu.be/Fr9VJZZrTE0

Part 15: What are COVID-19 Antibodies? https://youtu.be/J2lfJzoUEHI

Part 16: Will the vaccine protect against new COVID-19 variants? https://youtu.be/5l58jEZv3NQ

Part 17: Vaccine myths vs reality https://youtu.be/bGqLsRRbzVk

Part 18: What is long-hauler syndrome? https://youtu.be/f11b8nFpJiE

Part 19: Spring break, protect yourself against variants https://youtu.be/15ifuIosz2c