04/02/2021

Task Force Newsletter: COVID cases in county increasing at a concerning rate

Hello, Beloiters! Who’s excited about the tents going back up, and the chairs being set out so that we can spend more time outdoors now that Spring has sprung? We are!

This is your weekly COVID-19 update for the Beloit community.

Rock, Winnebago counties see significantly higher COVID-19 infection rates

News reports indicate that COVID cases continue to increase at a high rate in both Rock and Winnebago counties, meaning that Beloiters cannot let down their guard. Rock County recorded 16 new cases per 100,000 this past week, up from 12 cases per 100,000 the week before. Winnebago County recorded 19 new cases per 100,000, up from just 10 per 100,000 last week.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 30 percent of Wisconsin’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 18 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.

With the number of people being vaccinated, this effective rate is much higher, which is a significant cause for concern. The COVID-19 Task Force continues to strongly discourage travel off campus. Remaining on campus and following all of our protective practices are some of the ways we keep our campus safe and healthy.

Wisconsin vaccine availability expands significantly

Beginning Monday, all individuals in Wisconsin age 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control, no other tool is as effective against COVID spread than vaccines. Masks and social distancing are helpful, but if we are to experience a “normal existence” at Beloit, we must get vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID.

United Way Blackhawk Region just launched a new website, RockCountyShot.com, designed to serve as a one-stop shop to guide you to getting the vaccine. Locations include pharmacies, community centers, and other health-care professionals. All require an appointment.

Additionally, you may also get a vaccine through your doctor or health care provider. If you are a current patient of Beloit Health System (this includes visits with Madelene, the nurse practitioner in the Health and Wellness Center) then you can schedule an appointment on their website. If you are not a current patient of Beloit Health System then you must call the COVID-19 Vaccine line to schedule an appointment: 608-364-5663. If you have questions about the vaccine in general, please direct them to Tara Girard, Health and Wellness Center Director.

Beloit Action Plan strengthens college to career connections

We’re almost to the end of this unbelievably challenging year, rising to our challenges collectively. Underpinning the work of the College was the Beloit Action Plan, launched this time last year, and praised for its creative and agile response to the pandemic.

On Monday, we will launch an updated Beloit Action Plan which links current and new Beloit career programs to help you build on strengths, set ambitious goals, and gain experiences that set you on a successful career path following graduation. Most of the plan’s components should be familiar to you and they will be even more powerful together. We can’t wait for you to check it out.

Question of the Week

Question

If I get a vaccine, will I still have to be tested for the virus every other week?

Answer

When Mod 2 starts Monday, students who are fully vaccinated and have submitted their COVID-19 vaccine documentation to Tara Girard, director of the Health and Wellness Center, will be exempt from the bi-weekly, asymptomatic testing requirement.

Full vaccination means a completed series of vaccinations plus two weeks beyond the date of your second vaccination, or first, in the case of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If this applies to you, please email Tara a copy or photo of your proof of vaccination.

Photo of the Week

Tents and chairs return the Pearsons Quad, ready to be used.

Be well,
The Covid-19 Task Force

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