COVID-19 testing expands to all UW-Eau Claire students
Free, rapid-result COVID-19 testing is expanding to include all University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students during the spring semester.
About 3,700 students living in residence halls have been tested regularly since the start of the school year. Beginning Jan. 23, off-campus students also will be required to take an antigen test that provides results in about 15 minutes.
Students living in university housing will be required to take an antigen test once a week during the spring semester while off-campus students will be tested every other week.
Students at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County also will have access to antigen testing on the university’s campus in Rice Lake.
"Testing all students will allow us to identify COVID positive individuals as soon as possible so that they can be appropriately isolated and prevent further spread to the campus community," says Dr. Kimberly Frodl, Student Health Service medical director at UW-Eau Claire.
Ken Vance Motors Fund Distributes $50,000 to Chippewa Valley Nonprofit
Ken Vance Motors is making a big difference in the Chippewa Valley using a Fund it established at the Eau Claire Community Foundation. It’s distributing $50,000 in grants to ten Wisconsin nonprofits. The grantees are:
These grants will help recipients do everything from purchasing necessary equipment to hiring new staff members. “Thanks to Ken Vance Motors, we are able to purchase a more energy efficient freezer for our shelter and allocate funds to assist with maintenance of our truck,” said Amy Giani, Executive Director of Family Promise of the Chippewa Valley, which runs the Beacon House shelter for families experiencing homelessness.
Governor Tony Evers, UW-System President Tommy Thompson visit Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Green Bay, Wis. – Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers and UW-System President Tommy Thompson were among state and local dignitaries to visit the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay today on its first day of operations.
Located inside the Kress Events Center, the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is the first of its kind in Northeast Wisconsin and one of the largest in the state with capacity to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to more than 10,500 people each week as doses become available and additional phases of vaccine eligibility are announced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
“It was 25 years ago this month, that the founding physicians of what they would call “Prevea Health,” came together and made a commitment to care for the health of our communities,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO, Prevea Health in his remarks to state and local dignitaries today. “After seeing so much pain and suffering these past ten months of the pandemic, our dedication has never been more galvanized. We have all experienced loss over this time, and now it is time turn that loss into focus.”
The Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic officially opened today to vaccinate area police and fire personnel, and additional community members who qualify under the DHS Phase 1a vaccination prioritization guidelines. It will also serve all other community members who become eligible for the vaccine in the DHS phases to come.
Dr. Deborah Kerr Nears Election with Most Cash on Hand, Most Signatures for Ballot Placement
CALEDONIA - Dr. Deborah Kerr, candidate for Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, today issued the following statement regarding her having filed the strongest fundraising numbers of any candidate and displaying the broadest base of support from across the state:
“I am deeply honored by the hard work and dedication to our campaign of people from across our state and across the country. I am pleased to announce that we are nearing the election on February 16 with the most cash on hand of any candidate - $50,141.38.
“I have always made it clear that we are going to be a campaign that brings everyone to the table and assembles the broadest base of support. I am proud that we have Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who all agree with our message: there’s no room for politics in education.
“Our campaign is also proud to announce that we showed how well our efforts were organized when we collected nomination signatures to have my name placed on the ballot. We had 2,965 signatures verified that were collected in 177 cities, villages, and towns from across the state. More signatures than any other candidate in this election.
“We are taking our position in this race seriously and we’re going to continue to build on our strength and appeal in the weeks to come. I’m encouraging you to join our efforts as we gain the support of voters from all across Wisconsin.
“As superintendent, I'm going to bring every school district to the table and work together to fight for every child. Wisconsin is ready for real leadership and a commitment to the future of education across the state. Wisconsin's kids are counting on us.”
Royal Credit Union Announces New Branch Manager - Hudson Branch
HUDSON, Wis. – Royal Credit Union (Royal) announces Hossam Selim as Branch Manager of the Hudson branch. Selim’s new role will include maintaining highly engaged team members to ensure superior levels of service to Members while staying engaged in the Hudson community to live and promote Royal’s core values.
Selim has been in banking for a total of nine years, the last seven as a branch manager. Selim started as a teller at TCF Bank after high school and worked his way up to branch manager. Selim was also a branch manager at Bank of America in Minnesota as well as at Beal Bank in Edina Minnesota. Selim received his business administration degree from Metropolitan State University in 2013.
Selim has stayed active in the community through volunteer efforts for Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children. Selim also organized Beal Bank’s partnership with People Reaching Out to People (PROP), a local food shelf. Selim is looking forward to being an engaged members of the Hudson community through volunteer work and building relationships with community members. Selim resides in Burnsville, Minnesota.
About Royal Credit Union
Royal Credit Union is a federally insured credit union proudly serving over 220,000 Members in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Royal is driven by a core ideology built on a strong purpose and values. You can open an account or apply for a low-rate loan at Royal Credit Union if you live or work in 26 counties in western Wisconsin or 16 counties in Minnesota. Counties served in Wisconsin include Adams, Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Lincoln, Marathon, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempealeau, Washburn, and Wood. Counties served in Minnesota include Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Isanti, Olmsted, Pine, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Wabasha, Washington, Winona and Wright. Realtors in the state of Wisconsin or Minnesota are also eligible to join the credit union. Visit rcu.org or call Royal Credit Union at 800-341-9911 for more information.
'Clear Water' Exhibit Opens Feb. 1 in Foster Gallery
The Artist Series and the Foster Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have partnered to present "Clear Water," a graphic design exhibit by Minneapolis-based designer Melanie Walby. The exhibit examines how racism manifests in everyday life and more importantly, what to do about it. The show will be installed in the Foster Gallery from Feb. 1-March 7, and is free and open to Blugold students, faculty and staff. A gallery video tour will be accessible to the general public on the Foster Gallery webpage. Interim Foster Gallery director Amanda Bulger is excited to share this important exhibit with the campus and area communities, an exhibit Walby tailored for this particular audience.
"This exhibition is specifically designed for the Blugold and greater Eau Claire community. Confronting racism in our community can be challenging and uncomfortable but Walby has designed this exhibition to offer healing, liberation and joy," Bulger says.
"Once you see the fishbowl you can’t unsee the clear water. It was through studying and making relationships with people who were further along in their learning than me that I was able to understand racism systemically — not as something that only racist people do, but as a thoughtful, intentional design that people made sure happened on purpose for hundreds of years. The work is designed as though I’m in conversation with another person of color. It walks the viewer through my own process of unlearning and ends with where I’m trying to go. My exhibition offers grace in the reality that none of us are done. It points to scriptures that we can use for inspiration while working to build a better world. And it holds the viewer accountable to themselves and others in the same loving way that God has done for us. I want people to leave this exhibit with a new understanding of dismantling racism that feels more spiritual than divisive. This is "Clear Water.'"
Walby grew up in Eau Claire and received a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. She spent several years in the design and marketing world before making a move to nonprofit work as a communications manager. She currently serves as design director for Pollen Midwest, a Minneapolis media arts organization that "fosters empathy, encourages connection across differences and inspires meaningful action by sharing stories of individuals who want to change our collective story for the better."
Walby has served on the board of the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts as the director of sustainable design and was recently named to the Minnesota Ad Federation's "32 under 32" list of artists to follow. She also has been featured in industry publications like Communication Arts magazine and Adobe Creative Jam, recognized for the ways in which her works demonstrate "a deep understanding of how art and design move people toward social change."
To see the "Clear Water" exhibit in the gallery, campus members may attend during open gallery hours, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 6-8 p.m. Thursdays; and 1-4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
MLK Jr. Day Panel On The First Amendment And Race On “The West Side” January 22
Eau Claire, Wis. – Excerpts from a panel on Race, Civility and the First Amendment from the Martin Luther King Remembrance Celebration on Monday will be featured at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 22 on “The West Side” on The Ideas Network stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7/River Falls.
Participants in the panel included Josh Kaul, Wisconsin’s Attorney General; Eric Kasper, Director of Constitutional Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Timothy Shiell, University of Wisconsin-Stout philosophy professor and author of the book “African Americans and the First Amendment;” and Lynette McNeely, chair of legal redress of the NAACP in Wisconsin. The moderator of the panel was Le’Trice Donaldson, assistant professor of history at UW-Stout. Teresa O’Halloran, interim Vice-Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Student Affairs at UW-Eau Claire, shared questions from the live audience during the panel presentation.
The panel was part of a day-long program held during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday sponsored by the Pablo Center at the Confluence, Uniting Bridges, Converge Radio, UWEC, UW-Stout, Chippewa Valley Technical Colleges, and the cities of Eau Claire and Altoona.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM River Falls and via an online live stream on 88.7 WRFW-FM via wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
About Wisconsin Public Radio
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Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency, Issues New Face Coverings Order as State Continues Vaccine Distribution
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #104 and Emergency Order #1 establishing a new statewide public health emergency and face coverings requirement, respectively, as the state continues to expand vaccination distribution across the state. Executive Order #104 is available here and Emergency Order #1 is available here.
“We’re working every day to get vaccines distributed and get shots in arms to get our state back to some sort of normal,” said Gov. Evers. “At the end of the day, vaccine supplies are limited, so while we continue to ask the federal government for more vaccines and faster, we have to keep working together to stop the spread today by continuing wear our masks, staying home whenever we can, avoiding gatherings, and doubling down on our efforts to keep our friends, neighbors, and families safe.”
As of today, Wisconsin has administered 248,185 vaccines across the state and began administering vaccines in Phase 1B to first responders and law enforcement earlier this week. The Department of Health Services (DHS) also announced Wisconsinites 65 years or older will be eligible for the vaccine starting Mon., Jan. 25, 2021. There are approximately 700,000 Wisconsin residents 65 years or older that would be eligible for the next round of vaccines, therefore it will take time to get through this group and will be dependent on the number of vaccines provided by the federal government.
For up-to-date information about Wisconsin’s COVID-19 response, visit the DHS COVID-19 webpage. We also encourage you to follow @DHSWI on Facebook and Twitter, or dhs.wi on Instagram for more information on COVID-19.
UW-Eau Claire nursing students are part of mobile COVID-19 vaccine teams
Some University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire nursing students are engaged in the all-hands-on-deck effort to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in the state.
Blugold nursing students are part of the mobile COVID-19 vaccination team program recently announced by Gov. Tony Evers to expand access to the vaccine in Wisconsin. As of Jan. 19, nearly 250,000 state residents had received a vaccination, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
A pilot vaccination clinic is in Eau Claire on Wednesday, Jan. 20, for frontline health care workers, including police and fire personnel.
Six nursing students have volunteered to be part of the vaccination teams that are staffed by Wisconsin National Guard members, state health workers and the UW System. In addition to the experience, students receive a $500 tuition credit for the spring semester for working 16 hours with the program.
Nursing students can play an important role in the rapid response to the highly infectious and deadly virus, says Dr. Pamela Guthman, assistant professor of nursing at UW-Eau Claire.
Prevea Health partners with Jacob’s Well Church to open community COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Chippewa Valley on Feb. 1
Eau Claire, Wis. – Prevea Health is partnering with Jacob’s Well Church in Lake Hallie to launch a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic beginning Monday, February 1.
“We are grateful to Jacob’s Well Church for its partnership on this historic and life-saving effort that will help to protect our community members from COVID-19,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO, Prevea Health.
The Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Jacob’s Well Church, 3211 N. 50th Ave., Lake Hallie, 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, frontline health care personnel, residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, police and fire personnel and adults ages 65 and older can make an appointment for vaccination. For the latest on who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin, Prevea Health encourages everyone to regularly check the DHS website at: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm
Appointments are required for the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Jacob’s Well Church. Prevea encourages patients and members of the public to create a MyPrevea account at myprevea.com as this is where vaccine scheduling is available. You do not have to be a Prevea patient to sign up for a MyPrevea account or to receive a vaccine at the Prevea community vaccination location. You can also visit www.prevea.com/vaccine for additional information or call 1 (833) 344 – HERE (4373) for assistance. Appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply that is provided by Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Please note: Prior to the opening of the Prevea Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Jacob’s Well Church on Feb. 1 - those eligible for vaccination (frontline health care personnel, residents in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities, police and fire personnel, and adults ages 65 and older) can make appointments with Prevea Health to be vaccinated at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, 900 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire. Again, appointments are required through MyPrevea or by calling 1 (833) 344 – 4373. Appointment availability is dependent on available vaccine supply that is provided by Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
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.
City Council City Manager Search Update
On Tuesday, January 19, 2021, members of the Eau Claire City Council met in closed session to consider the three city manager candidates and review feedback with respect to city manager candidate interviews that were held on January 14 and 15, 2021. City Council discussed the qualifications of the candidates and deliberated on a hiring decision and related next steps. The Council has provided direction to Baker Tilly, the City’s search consultant, to extend an offer of employment and commence negotiations with the selected candidate. The next Eau Claire City Manager will be announced once the candidate has been contacted and accepts the terms of appointment.
WESTconsin Credit Union Donates $10,000 to Eau Claire Senior Center
Eau Claire, WI-- WESTconsin Credit Union is pleased to announce the donation of $10,000 to the L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire. The donation will specifically benefit the “Fit for the Future” Campaign to design and build a 4,000 square foot fitness facility and remodel the existing lower level. The renovation will provide space for additional physical fitness programs and create rooms to support partnerships with area organizations like the Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement.
Eau Claire Chamber
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