Eau Claire City-County Health Department
Eau Claire City-County Health Department would like to share the following important information:
Dunn County and Eau Claire County are partnering to host a community COVID-19 free drive-thru testing collection site.
This testing will be free of charge to any Wisconsin resident and available to any individuals age 5 years and older who are currently sick with any of the following symptoms:
Following testing, people should return directly to their home and isolate themselves until they receive their test results and further guidance from public health. Isolation means stay home, separate yourself from other people in your home, and wash your hands often. People will be notified of their test results by phone within 24-48 hours.
Please check this event page before you leave home to ensure testing kits are still available. If testing kits run out before the end of the event, we will update this event page.
Providing a mass COVID-19 testing site offers a better understanding of the presence of the virus in our communities. This will only be a moment-in-time snapshot of its current activity.
**PLEASE NOTE: If you are not able to attend, or happen to miss this event, there are other events being held around the Western Wisconsin Region in May. Additional Testing Sites: http://wwphrc.org/covid-19-community-testing/. Testing will also still be available through local providers.
Call the COVID-19 Call Center at 715-831-7425 or visit the COVID-19 Information Hub website: https://coronavirus-and-covid-19-information-hub-eccounty.hub.arcgis.com/
Feed My People Food Bank
On behalf of the Board of Directors and search committee, I am excited to inform you that we have identified Nancy Renkes as our new Executive Director, following Emily Moore's retirement on May 29. Our national search process yielded a great group of promising candidates and we believe we found someone who will be a highly effective leader of Feed My People in the coming years. She will begin at Feed My People on June 1.
Nancy has a passion for our mission and has strengths in team building, community relations and fund development. She has over 20 years of non-profit experience, and her most recent position was Vice President & Chief Partnerships Officer at River Bend Foodbank. Read her full bio here.
We greatly appreciate your support of our mission; it has been vital in helping Feed My People continue to be vibrant during these trying times. We look forward with great anticipation to continuing our journey towards ending hunger in west central Wisconsin.
President of Feed My People Board of Directors
Huebsch Services Donates 8,000 N95 Face Masks.
Eau Claire, Wisconsin (April 30, 2020) – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment has been a needed resource that is in short supply. Huebsch Services recognized this need early on and made a commitment to use the company’s connections throughout the world to source N95 masks. This week, Huebsch Services donated 8,000 N95 face masks to the communities Huebsch calls home – Eau Claire and Chippewa Counties in Wisconsin and Dakota County in Minnesota. The emergency management teams in these counties can identify the areas of greatest need for this personal protective equipment and distribute the N95 face masks to medical personnel and first responders throughout the local communities.
“Helping others is at the core of what we do at Huebsch,” says Fourth Generation President and CEO Jim Vaudreuil. “Thank you to all the first responders and medical personnel in our communities. We hope this donation helps you to be protected as you continue to care for our communities.”
In addition to the donation of 8,000 N95 face masks, Huebsch has also been producing fabric face masks for its employees and continues to support the Mask Beez community face mask initiative in the Eau Claire area. To date, Huebsch has picked up, laundered, and then delivered 11,429 new fabric face masks back to the medical community through the Mask Beez program.
About Huebsch Services
Huebsch Services serves over 6,000 customers in the West Central Wisconsin and the metropolitan areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN with offices in Eau Claire, WI and Eagan, MN. Huebsch is dedicated to helping others be successful. The company specializes in the sales and service of work uniforms, floor matting, and facility supplies.
Eau Claire Community Foundation
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Wisconsin Public Radio
Eau Claire Express Baseball on “Spectrum West” May 7, 2020
Host Al Ross will talk with Dale Varsho, director of operations and field manager the Eau Claire Express baseball team on “Spectrum West,” which airs at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020 on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls. The program will also feature interviews with the organizers of Creative Economy Week in Eau Claire, and the directors of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild of Eau Claire and the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.
Dale Varsho, director of operations and field manager of the Eau Claire Express baseball club will meet with Ross this week to talk about the club’s preparation for a potential 2020 season. The Express are members of the Great Plains Division of the Northwoods League.
Sara Larsen and Kyle Lehman will visit the show to talk about Creative Economy Week, an annual project of Arts Wisconsin and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities. This year’s version will feature virtual exhibits, visual presentation and panel discussions online.
Correspondent Jim Oliver will welcome Ann Sessions, executive director of the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, for a look inside its deliberations in the face of the current pandemic shutdown. Jim will also outline decisions already being made by other western Wisconsin theater companies in the current climate.
John Potter, executive director of the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, will talk with Ross about his organization’s approach and adjustments to their 2020-21 season.
Health care administration grads lead long-term care facilities through COVID-19 crisis
A dedicated group of Blugold alumni, including Kendall Rosemeyer, administrator at Dove Healthcare – West Eau Claire, are charged with overseeing the care of some of the Chippewa Valley’s most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Full story.
Healthcare Provider Implements New Training Hours at Reduced Rate
Goal to Increase Class Frequency and CNA Graduates
In April 2020, Governor Evers signed Assembly Bill 1038 into law, which included permanently establishing the nurse aide training hours requirement at the federal 75-hour standard. Local skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and assisted living provider Dove Healthcare hosts multiple classes every year and in 2019, graduated 250 certified nursing assistants (CNA) from their state-approved classroom and clinical sites.
Historically, prospective students have faced barriers with waiting lists and the cost of tuition, which is counterproductive to the constant demand for CNAs across northwestern WI. Assembly Bill 1038 allows program sites like Dove Healthcare the flexibility to adjust their training programs in order to help meet the needs of the community.
Dove Healthcare’s Regional Director of Operations Jeremy Kiley commented, “Our long-standing mission has been to increase the number of quality healthcare workers in the Chippewa Valley. While about half of the students go on to apply for employment with us, the rest are pursuing other goals, such as employment at a local hospital or application requirements for nursing school. Dove Healthcare is proud to be a community partner in this way, and the new training requirement is instrumental to increasing our class frequency, reducing the tuition fee, and thus expanding our healthcare workforce.”
Students going on to work for Dove Healthcare complete an additional 16 hours of hands-on training upon hire. They are also eligible for 100% reimbursement of the $475 class fee.
For more information about the nurse aide training program, visit dovehealthcare.com/cnaclass, call 715-720-2283, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Dove Healthcare
Dove Healthcare consists of six skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers and five assisted living residences in northwest Wisconsin. Core services include rehabilitation, post-hospital care, ventilator care, skilled nursing, long-term and end-of-life care, as well as assisted living and memory care. For more information, visit the website dovehealthcare.com
Chippewa Valley Technical College
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
More than 300 Blugolds already receive funding from emergency fund
The UW-Eau Claire Foundation already has distributed emergency funds to more than 320 current students who need help paying for things like rent, groceries and internet access during the COVID-19 crisis. Full story.
Biology grad reflects on her unconventional college success story
A journey that began at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County and is ending amid a global pandemic and online learning, Carolyn Bauer's college experience has been unique and highly successful, and her lessons for future Blugolds are golden. Full story.
Twin sisters to earn nursing degrees from UW-Eau Claire
Twin sisters Brooke and Chelsea Scholbe are among the Blugolds earning their nursing degrees this month from UW-Eau Claire. They are eager to begin their professional nursing careers even though they will be joining the health care field during COVID-19. Full story.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month celebration kicks off May 1
The Office of Multicultural Affairs at UW-Eau Claire will host online events and provide a number of relevant, educational resources for the university community and the public. Full story.
Prevea Health, HSHS hospitals resume some services, procedures delayed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Eau Claire, Wis. – Prevea Health and Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) hospitals in Wisconsin are now resuming some non-COVID-19-related services and procedures that were placed on hold beginning in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are continuously monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and with carefully-designed infection prevention protocols in place, we are able to resume many of our essential health care services and provide our patients the care they need in the safest way possible,” said Dr. Ashok Rai, President and CEO at Prevea Health.
Prevea Health provides primary and specialty health care in locations across Eastern and Western Wisconsin. Prevea Health providers also see patients and perform procedures at all six HSHS hospitals in Wisconsin: HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire; HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls; HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay; HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan; and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.
“We want to assure all patients who come through our doors we have taken every step possible to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of our colleagues and medical providers as we resume non-COVID-19 related procedures,” said Andy Bagnall, President and CEO of HSHS Wisconsin. “All facilities in HSHS hospitals across Wisconsin – from our emergency rooms to our operating rooms – are safe and we are well-prepared to serve your health care needs.”
Prevea Health patients who were notified their procedures were being delayed, and who are now able to receive their procedure, will be contacted by their health care provider. Any patient or community member who would like to schedule an appointment at Prevea Health, or who has questions about their care, may contact Prevea Health at (888) 277-3832 or visit www.prevea.com to learn which services may be available to them including in-person, video and/or telephone visits.
Prevea Health also offers care for common conditions such as cold, flu, bladder infections, pink eye and more, online through Prevea Virtual Care: www.prevea.com/virtualcare. Screening and evaluation for COVID-19 is also available through Prevea Virtual Care at no cost.
HSHS hospitals remind the public that viruses don’t disappear in the outdoors
EAU CLAIRE AND CHIPPEWA FALLS – It’s an exciting time in western Wisconsin as the forecast predicts a warm and sunny weekend, but health officials are reminding communities that COVID-19 and other viruses do not take a break during nice weather.
State parks opened today and HSHS Dr. Rich Cooley encourages park-goers to allow for social distancing even outdoors. “Fresh air is good for the soul, but make sure to enjoy the outdoors safely – either alone or with people from your household,” Dr. Cooley said. “Continue to stay more than 6 feet away from others for your safety and theirs.”
Dr. Cooley also says it’s a good idea to bring hand sanitizer with you during outings since soap and water may not be accessible everywhere.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months, however there is no evidence to determine if that also applies to COVID-19. Regardless, the CDC recommends proactive outdoor safety measures during this uncertain time.
Because parks are expected to be busier this weekend, it’s also recommended by the CDC that you bring a cloth face covering in the event you are near others outside of your household.
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.