Task Force Newsletter: Alert Level Green, Think Spring
Hello, Beloiters! We’ve just finished the third week of classes and snow is melting. Spring is around the corner!
This is your weekly COVID-19 update for the Beloit community.
Wisconsin COVID cases declining; vaccine rollout continues
News reports indicate the average number of new cases in Wisconsin overall and in both Rock and Winnebago counties continues to fall. The current daily average of approximately 8 cases per 100,000 in both counties is down slightly from last week’s 9 cases per 100,000. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 18 percent of Wisconsin’s population has at least one dose of the vaccine, and 9.6 percent of the population has received two.
Even as cases decrease and vaccinations increase, public health officials warn that it’s still critically important to continue wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, and washing hands frequently.
Disinfecting wipes should be treated as trash
The College has placed disinfecting wipes throughout campus to help us maintain cleanliness and reduce the potential for spreading COVID-19. When you discard them, please treat them as you would any trash, and avoid putting used wipes in toilets. The wipes plug toilet and sewer lines, which means water could be shut off to your building or residence hall while lines are unplugged. If an additional trash can is necessary to dispose of the wipes, please tell Housekeeping.
#GetWoke Panel will discuss racial disparity in health care
COVID-19 has illustrated stark health care inequities between white, Black, and Brown communities. Join a panel of health care experts for a webinar to discuss these disparities and what health systems can do to address them at 7 p.m. CT on Friday, March 12. Panelists include:
Nilma A. Ortiz-Colón, a first-generation, Latinx pharmacist who has worked in the field for more than 10 years, earning a PhD in pharmacy at Roosevelt University, Schaumburg, IL;
Nzingha Hall, manager of Youth and Source leadership Programs at SisterLove Inc. and a ’14 Beloit College graduate in Health and Society who recently earned a Master of Public Health degree from Morehouse School of Medicine with an emphasis in global health, health communications, and reproductive health;
And Lynette Mindt, a clinical instructor for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Edgewood College who also worked at Beloit Health System and was taught Spanish in the U.S. and conversational English at Peking University.
Question of the Week
The College announced earlier this week that we are now at the Green Alert Level. Does this mean that students can get together like in the old days, say in 2019?
Not so fast. With the move to Green, gatherings and events are permitted but will require Task Force approval.
A written plan for any gathering or event must be submitted to the Task Force as soon as possible, depending on planning needs. If approved, the event must abide by occupancy limits in the selected spaces, and all protective practices must be followed, including wearing face coverings and physical distancing. Don’t forget - self-care is community care, and we are grateful our students are committed to both.
Photo of the Week
It won’t be long, Beloiters, before it will be warm enough for you to rent kayaks for free and go boating on the Rock River.
Until then, be well.
The COVID-19 Task Force