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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)



***The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing. Please note that all information is subject to change; Public Health is keeping you informed to the best of our ability.
Revised 3/30/2020


Governor Evers Safer At Home Order
Safer at Home Frequently Asked Questions
Essential Businesses
Wisconsin DHS COVID-19 page: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/index.htm
CDC COVID-19 page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Symptoms
People with confirmed infections have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms may include:
* Fever
* Cough
* Shortness of breath
Click here for more symptom information.

Treatment
There is not an anti-viral medication or a vaccination/immunization available for COVID-19.

Prevention
* Follow Governor Evers Safer At Home order.
* Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds.
* Stay home when you are sick.
* Cover your coughs and sneezes.

Public Health Response to a Confirmed Case
* When Public Health learns of a confirmed COVID-19 case, a staff person interviews the positive case and then identifies high and medium risk contact persons.
* Public health then contacts the high and medium risk contacts and asks them to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their last exposure to the positive case and to monitor themselves for fever and respiratory symptoms.
* Contacts to the positive case will be followed by public health to determine when a person can be released from isolation or quarantine.

Travel
Travel conditions are being updated daily and alerts are subject to change. Please review the CDC Travel page before your trip. CDC Travel Page

How It Spreads
* It appears that COVID-19 is spread person to person.
* It spreads when little blobs of liquid, called respiratory droplets, are released as someone coughs, sneezes, or talks.
* Respiratory droplets are too heavy to remain in the air, so the spread happens when people are in close contact, or within 6 feet of each other.
* Someone can catch COVID-19 by inhaling the respiratory droplets, or touching their eyes, nose or mouth with contaminated hands.

If You Are Sick:
* Call your healthcare provider for guidance before you go to the hospital
* Seek emergency care if you have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
* Call 911 or your healthcare provider right away if you believe that you have been exposed to COVID-19

Taking Care of Your Mental Health
This is a time of great uncertainty and disruption and you may be feeling many emotions now such as fear, anxiety and anger. Remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health! Check out these resources:
* Trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 and free of charge at 1-800-985-5990 or by texting TalkWithUs to 66747.
* Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health

Cleaning and Disinfecting
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces every day. To disinfect, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface. A properly diluted bleach solution will work too.

To make a bleach solution, mix 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
OR
4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.