Monday, March 23, 2020

UW Oshkosh students respond in large numbers to call for help in housing coronavirus patients on campus

The university expects that only one of its residence halls and about 100 to 200 rooms will be needed.
By Joseph Schulz
UW Oshkosh has received more than 100 responses, most of them from students, to its call for volunteers in case the campus is selected to house coronavirus patients.

In a conference call with reporters on Monday, Chancellor Andrew Leavitt described the campus response to his request for volunteers, which was issued Sunday.

He said that the university would house patients from within the Fox Valley and that UW Madison and UW-Milwaukee are also being eyed to house patients.

Conversations about UWO being used to house COVID-19 patients began last Thursday, and by Saturday the state asked the university if its facilities could be used, he said.

It’s unclear which residence halls will be used to house patients, but Leavitt said they’re all being cleaned and prepped for potential use.

The university anticipates that only one residence hall will be needed, with about 100 to 200 rooms, he noted.

Leavitt added that the two main residence halls the university is eyeing for use are Horizon Village and the Gruenhagen Conference Center.

He concluded the call by saying these are unprecedented times, and that he’s heartened by the community’s response to his call for volunteers.

“I think that’s a testament to what we’re doing these days and we all have to come together as a community to beat this thing,” Leavitt said.

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