Update on Required COVID-19 Testing & Exemptions for Fully Vaccinated Faculty and Staff

Since January 19, 2021, it has been a UW System requirement that any employee who comes into any UW-Green Bay building once a week or more to conduct business must obtain a negative COVID-19 test through an antigen test, or through a subsequent confirmation test administered not more than 14 days prior to accessing the campus building. In response on the recent update to SYS 600-02, Interim: Summer 2021 COVID-19 Testing Requirements, it is with pleasure, that we share the news that any UW-Green Bay employee that is fully vaccinated and does not have symptoms of COVID-19 will no longer be required to participate in bi-weekly surveillance testing effective May 10, 2021.

Employees who are fully vaccinated can get an exemption from the testing requirement by completing the Immunization Record Form located in the MyUWPortal. As part of the form, employees will be required to upload proof of vaccination, by providing a copy of their vaccination record from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. Instructions on how to complete the form can be viewed here.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two (2) weeks after receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna); or
  • Two (2) weeks after receiving a one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson)

Employees who are not fully vaccinated or choose not to receive the vaccination will still be required to obtain a test through the UW Green Bay Testing Center or have the testing administered at a medical service provider of their choice or an alternative testing location. Please note campus testing locations and hours have changed.

On-Campus Testing Logistics:

Green Bay Campus (East Gym located in the Kress Events Center)

  • Week of May 10th
    • Mon & Tues 7:00am-2:00pm
    • Wed & Thurs 12:00pm-4:00pm
    • Fri 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Week of May 17th
    • Mon & Tues 12:00pm-2:00pm
    • Wed & Thurs 10:00am-4:00pm
    • Fri 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Starting the week of May 24th and moving forward
    • Mon/Wed/Thurs 10:30am-12:30pm
    • Tues 2:00pm-4:00pm
    • Fri 9:00am-11:00am

*All appointment availability will be listed on the MyPrevea app, please plan in advance to guarantee availability for a testing appointment.

Marinette Campus (Cafeteria)

  • Last day for on-campus testing will be  Tuesday, May 11th, hours will be 10:00am – 12:00pm

Manitowoc Campus (Gym)

  • Last day for on-campus testing occurred Tuesday, May 4th.

Sheboygan Campus (Fine Arts Gallery – Theater Building)

  • Last day for on-campus testing occurred Wednesday, May 5th.

Employees who are unable to obtain a test on campus can find a local community testing site. Testing at these sites are provided at no cost and may require an appointment. Wisconsin residents may also request an at-home specimen collection kit at no cost. It is important to know that many of these testing sites are only administering PCR (lab resulted) tests and may take 3-5 business days to get the result.

Daily Self-Assessment:

Employees who have completed the Immunization Record Form exempting them from testing will no longer be required to complete the Daily Self-Assessment prior to arriving to campus each day.

Face Coverings & Social Distancing:

Aligned with the Center for Disease Control’s “CDC” recent update to the COVID-19 Safety Guidelines, the University of Wisconsin System removed the System-wide mask mandate. Effective June 1, 2021, employees who have a verified vaccination through the above process will be exempt from the use of face coverings and the practice of social distancing.

There is no requirement to receive a vaccination or apply for an exemption, however employees who are present in buildings who are not exempt will need to still participate in the current COVID-19 Safety Protocols unless an exemption is confirmed through the exemption process.

Employees should continue to monitor for symptoms and stay home if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

Should you have questions related to any of the information contained within this e-mail, please feel free to contact Human Resources at hr@uwgb.edu or (920) 465-2390.

Mental Health Awareness Month

There is no quick fix or magic pill for mental health issues, but I’m confident that together, as we learn and talk about them more, we’ll start to turn every month into one where mental health is a priority, both at home and at work. To your good health!

Well Wisconsin Invitational Teams Steps Challenge

The Invitational is a team-based steps challenge made up of 5 person teams. The Invitational begins with a warm up round on May 3rd, 2021, followed by 5 weeks of friendly competition, as your 5 person team is matched up with a different 5-person team. Participating in all 5 Rounds of the Invitational will earn well-being activity credit! Please click on the following link for more information about this event:

Invitational Overview

Registration for The Invitational Team Steps Challenge is open from
May 3 to May 9 at webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin. All eligible employees will also receive an email invitation to register around May 3rd. The challenge runs May 10 through June 15.

EARN REWARDS
Report at least 5 days of steps in each round (for all five rounds of the challenge) to earn the Well-Being Activity reward. Completion of this activity, plus the health assessment and a health check, earns you $150.*

DOWNLOAD OUR APP
Use Wellness At Your Side from WebMD to register and track your steps during The Invitational. Enter “SOWI” as the connection code.

*The Well Wisconsin incentive program is a voluntary program available to employees, retirees and spouses enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, excluding Medicare Advantage participants who have incentives available through their health plan. The Well Wisconsin incentive will automatically be issued to eligible participants upon completing the applicable activities. All wellness incentives paid to participants are considered taxable income to the group health plan subscriber and are reported to their employer, who will issue a W2. In some cases, the Wisconsin Retirement System acts as the employer. Retirees, continuants and their spouses will have some taxes withheld from the incentive amount earned.

May Well Wisconsin Challenge: Explore Wisconsin State Parks

This month’s challenge is encouraging everyone to get out and explore our wonderful state parks. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have developed a fun event that will challenge visitors to explore the Wisconsin properties in new and fun ways to increase healthy habits, connect with family and friends, and help serve the community.

There are several activities to choose from like hiking, camping, fishing, paddling, photography, and volunteering to help clean the parks. Please go to the site to see all the challenges listed (link below under resources). There is no fee associated with the challenge except for a vehicle admission sticker. Plan to complete it with family members, friends, coworkers or just some alone time outdoors.

The challenge has started and runs through September 22, 2021. Participants need to complete at least one of the challenges in order to get credit for the Well Wisconsin Incentive. Register on the site and download the logbook. When you complete a challenge, log it and email a picture of the logbook to wellness@uwgb.edu.

Want to learn more about the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks Explore Challenge? Tune in to Well Wisconsin Radio on Tuesday, May 25th from Noon-12:30. Host Morgan Meinen will be interviewing Mike McFadzen and Randall Paske from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

Register here or available on demand after the live air date.

Resources:

Wis. Friends Explore

WebMD: Health Benefits of Getting Outside

Well Wisconsin Activity for April: Better without Booze

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month, so you are encouraged to participate in a one-week challenge called Better without Booze. The purpose of the challenge is to go one week without drinking alcohol. Hopefully to bring awareness to the fact that you can feel so much better and healthier without consuming alcohol.

According to the World Health Organization, worldwide there are around 3 million deaths every year as a result from harmful use of alcohol. Additionally, the use of alcohol can be a causal factor for more than 200 disease and injury conditions. It is okay to consume alcohol every once and a while, but in moderation.

To get credit for this employer sponsored activity, eliminate alcohol for one week. Complete the drink tracker and email it to wellness@uwgb.edu.  After completing the first week, we encourage you to continue limiting alcohol. It’s recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to exceed 1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men.

Alcohol and the Effects on Health:

  • Excessive alcohol use can lead to cancer of the breast, liver, colon, throat, mouth, and esophagus
  • Can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of getting sick
  • Increase chance of getting in a motor vehicle crash
  • Learning and memory problems
  • Mental health problems including depression and anxiety

Additional Resources:

Source: Well Wisconsin

Bellin Run 2021

It’s time to register for the 45th Annual Bellin Run!  The Bellin Run will be a virtual event from June 12 – 21, 2021.  This 10K (6.2 mile) event is for runners and walkers of all participation levels, and can be completed between June 12 and 21.

Employees, students, family and friends are encouraged to sign up to participate as part of the UW-Green Bay Corporate team!

To register on our team, click on our Company Link:  https://runsignup.com/Race/Register?raceId=53110&corpTeamId=21152&corpToken=2siG8IcoaV0QS3xnwAdzZSOgqAftAgIM

Team password: Phoenix

This will take you directly to our team registration page.  You can register your entire family in this cart.

UW-Green Bay is part of the Bellin Run Corporate Challenge, and being part of this program gets you these perks:

  • You will receive an early incentive gift with the Bellin Run logo on it
  • If you register by May 15th, your race packet (bib and race shirt) will be delivered directly to the Green Bay campus about a week before the event. *NOTE: If you are not regularly on the Green Bay campus, there will be an option to have your packet mailed directly to your home for a $10 shipping & handling fee.*

Friends and family can be registered on our team so that they receive these benefits as well.

Also, due to a wellness grant from the Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF), employees will receive $10 off of their registration fees. This discount will automatically be calculated when you register on our team as an employee.  *NOTE:  This discount is only for use by UWGB employees and does not apply to students, friends & family members.  If you are registering family members or friends, please note that the $10 discount is only applicable to employee’s registration fees.*

NOTE:  in the event you don’t have this link handy – to register, go to www.bellinrun.com and click on “Register Today”. At the registration page, you will click on “Register on a Corporate Team”, search for “UW-Green Bay,” input our password (see above) and continue through the registration process.  There are options for both the 10K and the Children’s Run.

Check out their helpful training guide!

Questions? Please contact:

Kaitlyn O’Claire
oclairek@uwgb.edu 
(715) 735-4331

March Wellness Activity: 60 Second Challenge

Get set, go, your 60 seconds begins now!!

We have an exciting new opportunity for you to participate in called the 60 Second Challenge to encourage movement throughout the day and get you away from the computer for a minute. It is proven that those who take breaks throughout the workday are to be more productive.

The 60 Second Challenge encourages you to be physically active for 60 seconds every hour of the workday. The exercises are predetermined with modifications and variations that can be completed in any order throughout the day and at any point within the hour.

The unique aspect of the challenge is that you will have completed 8 minutes, of the recommended 30 minutes, of physical activity each day by incorporating it into your workday.

To participate you can use the tracking sheet and the exercise resource sheets (links below). The tracking sheet allows you to track your completed exercises throughout the day and how many reps if you choose to do so. The exercise resource sheets will provide you with descriptions and pictures on how to properly perform each exercise along with modifications and variations. When you have completed the 2-week tracking sheet you can email wellness@uwgb.edu a picture of it to receive a code to self-report your participation in this employer sponsored well-being activity for Well Wisconsin at webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin.

It is helpful to set hourly reminders for yourself or you can set a daily reminder and snooze it every hour, so it keeps coming up throughout the day.

Following the challenge, you can do another two-week challenge with new exercises which is also included (please see “Round 2” tab on tracking sheet). You are not required to do this to earn credit – it would be an option to benefit yourself and your health.

Source: Well Wisconsin

Onsite Health Screening

Time to register for your onsite health screening!

A free health screening* event has been scheduled at the Green Bay and Sheboygan campuses for employees (and spouses) who are enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program.

At an onsite screening, you’ll learn your measurements for blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol (HDL, LDL and total), triglycerides and glucose, and be in and out in 20 minutes. Register today!

Green Bay Campus:

  • DATE:  Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • TIME:  7:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • LOCATION:  University Union, Phoenix Rooms, Green Bay campus

Sheboygan Campus:

  • DATE:  Thursday, September 9, 2021
  • TIME:  8:00 to 10:30 am
  • LOCATION:  Wombat Room, Sheboygan campus

Please register at webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin by clicking “Get Started” on the Biometric Screening card.  Click here for instructions.

Earn your $150 Well Wisconsin Incentive

Complete three activities by October 8, 2021 to earn the $150 Well Wisconsin incentive.

  1. Get a Health Check – Complete a biometric screening (details above), dental exam or coaching session, more information available at webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin.
  2. Complete the WebMD One’s health assessment – it takes about 10 minutes and is mobile and tablet friendly!
  3. Complete a Well-Being Activity through WebMD (ex. complete a challenge, listen to two 30 minute interviews, etc.).

For more information on the Well Wisconsin Program or to complete your activities, log in to webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin­­.  Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the health screening.

*The Well Wisconsin incentive program is a voluntary program available to employees, retirees and spouses enrolled in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, excluding Medicare Advantage participants who have incentives available through their health plan. The Well Wisconsin incentive will automatically be issued to eligible participants upon completing the applicable activities. All wellness incentives paid to participants are considered taxable income to the group health plan subscriber and are reported to their employer, who will issue a W2. In some cases, the Wisconsin Retirement System acts as the employer. Retirees, continuants and their spouses will have some taxes withheld from the incentive amount earned.

Wellness Wednesdays in March

WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS

UW-Green Bay faculty and staff are invited to join the Wellness Committee on Wednesdays in March for virtual wellness activities!

Registration (you will receive a calendar invite with a link to attend)

March 3rd – Progressive Muscle Relaxation
12:15-12:30pm
Progressive muscle relaxation is a method that helps relieve tension in the body.  You tense a group of muscles as you breathe in, and you relax them as you breathe out.  For the full experience, find a comfortable position lying down to participate.

March 10th – Chair Yoga
12:15-12:30pm
Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support. Just like a regular yoga practice, chair yoga increases flexibility and body awareness.

March 24th – Meditation (Guided Imagery)
12:15-12:30pm
Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that draws on your ability to visualize and daydream. This session will take you on a mental vacation to the beach under the warm sun and ocean air.

March 31st – Stretch Break (Posture Reset)
12:15-12:30pm
This short session will help your body reset and counteract the effects of poor posture. Poor posture in any aspect of your life can exhaust muscles and lead to low back and other chronic pain if it’s not addressed.