MONDAY Update: COVID-19 Update
Congratulations on making it to the mid-point of the fall semester! Thank you for all you are doing each and every day for our students and one another as we respond to the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice; the upcoming election; and the delivery of our academic mission. For today’s Monday Message, we are providing COVID-19 reminders and sharing information about upcoming events. (And as always, don’t forget to mask up!)
Review the resources in the UW-Parkside Employee Guidebook section, Employee Support and Wellbeing. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are provided at no cost to employee and members of their household. Contact FEI, the EAP provider, at 866-274-4723 or the FEI EAP Homepage using SOWI as the username. Here are additional resources shared by Dr. Penny Lyter on Self Care during C-19:
- Froedtert Health, provided ways to stay physically and mentally healthy during covid-19.
- Mayo Clinic, COVID-19: Eating, moving and meditating are keys to staying healthy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m85TruhQ4mM
- 13 Most Popular Gratitude Exercises & Activities https://positivepsychology.com/gratitude-exercises/
- Rethinking Our Self-Care During the Pandemic https://www.mindful.org/rethinking-our-self-care-during-the-pandemic/
- Staying Physically Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic https://www.acsm.org/read-research/newsroom/news-releases/news-detail/2020/03/16/staying-physically-active-during-covid-19-pandemic
Update on COVID-19 Testing
This testing is available to all who live or work in Wisconsin, ages 5 and up. No symptoms of COVID-19 are required. Click Kenosha County Testing Locations for a full and up to date list of testing locations.
Kenosha County Job Center
The Wisconsin National Guard will provide free, drive-thru testing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Monday, Oct. 12-Dec. 7, at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Kenosha. No appointment and no symptoms are needed. This is open to any person who lives or works in Wisconsin, ages 5 and up. Testing will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with results arriving within seven days. Online pre-registration is recommended at https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov.
Kenosha County Center
The Wisconsin National Guard will provide free, drive-thru testing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Friday, Oct. 16-Dec. 4 (except for Nov. 27), at the Kenosha County Center at highways 45 and 50 in Bristol. No appointment and no symptoms are needed. This is open to any person who lives or works in Wisconsin, ages 5 and up. Testing will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with results arriving within seven days. Online pre-registration is recommended at https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov.
Locally owned, independent pharmacy Modern Apothecary will offer testing each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through at least Nov. 15 in the parking lot south of the Simmons Island Beach House, 5001 Fourth Ave., Kenosha. There is no charge for this testing. Testing hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. An appointment and pre-registration are strongly encouraged, with appointment times available at https://modernapothecary.10to8.com and registration available at https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov.
Protect yourself against the FLU with an annual Flu Shot
For employees enrolled in health insurance at UW Parkside please use your Navitus Pharmacy Benefit Card to receive in network benefits at Aurora Pharmacies. Utilizing your Navitus Pharmacy Benefit will ensure you and the members of your plan will receive (in most instances) a free flu shot. Employees that are not enrolled with our health insurance plans on campus should check with their insurance carrier regarding coverage. Aurora Pharmacy welcomes UW Parkside employees and their families! Vaccinating patients 6 years and older.
Aurora Pharmacy Racine
8400 Washington Ave, Mt Pleasant, WI 53406
Hours M-F 9am-7pm, Sat/Sun 9am-4pm
Aurora Pharmacy Kenosha
10400 75th St, Kenosha, WI 53142
Hours M-F 7:30am-10pm, Sat/Sun 8am-4pm
Aurora Pharmacy Union Grove
4310 67th Drive, Union Grove, WI 53182
Hours M-F 8am-7pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Sun 9am-1pm
Aurora Pharmacy St Francis
2000 E Layton Ave, Suite 150, St Francis, WI 53235
Hours M-F 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm
Aurora Pharmacy Edgerton
6901 W Edgerton Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53220
Hours M-F 8am-9pm, Sat/Sun 8am-8pm
In addition, UW-Parkside Student Health is hosting flu clinics for staff and students this week: Cost for students $20, staff $35. If you need forms for reimbursement to your insurance provider, please let staff know. Flu Shots will be given in Ranger Hall on October 20th from 1:00-4:00 and in Pike River Suites on October 27th from 10:30am-1:00pm.
UW-Parkside COVID-19 Dashboard
Take a look at the enhanced COVID-19 Dashboard updated by John Standard and Dr. Renee Kirby.
Do you know the symptoms of COVID-19, the flu, a cold, allergies, or asthma?
Dr. Jen Freiheit, Director of Kenosha County Public Health shared this info graphic on the symptoms. We are seeing lots of colds and seasonal allergies on campus.
Managing Election Anxiety – here are some great resources from the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA) for dealing with anxiety and stress related to the upcoming election:
- How to Deal With Election Anxiety (Psychology Today)
- How to Handle the Stress Between Now and Election Day (Healthline)
- Already Got Election Anxiety? Here are 4 Ways to Grapple (Psychology Today)
- Stressed About the Election? 5 Tips to Get You Through (Cleveland Clinic)
Happy Halloween! Have fun – Stay safe!
We hope everyone has a fun and enjoyable Halloween! Please remember to be safe and follow our guidelines via our “Prepare. Protect. Prevent.” video.
Five Things You Should Know:
NCAA Championships bid announcement
We learned officially yesterday and announced today that we were awarded bids to host three upcoming NCAA Cross Country Division II Championships, including the 2022 and 2025 Midwest Regionals and the 2025 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP! We’re really excited about this opportunity to welcome the nation’s best teams and runners to the nation’s best cross country course! Read more.
Four Ways to Make a Difference in the Community
Check out the Ranger Reach Out website to sign up to Fill food boxes at the Shalom Center on November 5th; Give to the UW-Parkside Food Drive; Help Root Pike Win on the Wayne Dannehl Cross Country Course; and Participate in the Annual United Way Campaigns.
Mark your calendars for the October 29th, 2:00 – 3:00 for the first Fall Leadership Assembly and Campus Update. Everyone is invited to this Virtual Meeting to learn more about UW-Parkside’s commitment to Student Success and Partnerships with our Communities. We will also provide updates on the current state of COVID-19 and provide announcements of coming events. Register here.
CNHS Annual Alumni & Community Event
The College of Natural and Health Sciences (CNHS) at University of Wisconsin-Parkside will be holding its upcoming sixth annual Alumni & Community event via livestream from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. This event is free and open to the public. However, for those considering donating, 100% of donations will go to support student scholarships.
Don’t Forget to Vote!
Parkside Presidential Pumpkin Patch + Courageous Conversation on Voter Suppression
Pumpkin Patch - OCT 20-21 | 10 AM- 3 PM; Courageous Conversation – OCT 26 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Picking a pumpkin is simpler than picking a President! From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 21, students, faculty, and staff are welcome to pick up a pumpkin and get voter information, either in Main Place or outside the Student Center! The College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies and Alan E. Guskin Center for Community & Business Engagement, in coordination with Bread to Spread the Vote (www.spreadthevote.org), are hosting this free event for the UW-Parkside community. There will be a table in Main Place with a banner and sign directing people to the pumpkin patch, which will be located outside the Student Center.
UW-Parkside, in partnership with the Kenosha Coalition for Dismantling Racism, presents a virtual panel discussion on voter suppression followed by interactive discussions on Monday, Oct 26 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Information for this event, and more, can be found on the Election Experience event web page. No registration is required, simply visit our website and click the event link contained in the Voter Suppression Guest Speaker box.
Don’t forget to register for the upcoming Community Conversations! To register, contact Jonathan Shailor at firstname.lastname@example.org.