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Coronavirus (COVID19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.

Stop the Spread of Germs

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseased like COVID-19.  A mandate to wear masks in public was put in place while in public.  Masks help you and persons you are around by containing the germs that spread this disease.  Practicing social distancing is also recommended.

Persons over age 60 as well as persons with chronic health conditions at any age are at high risk for serious illness including death with the Coronavirus and should consider continuing to stay home and stay safe. 

Guide for Decisions on Getting Out

The UW-Extension has created a wonderful resource to help you make decisions about how to safely go out in the community and re-engage with family and friends.

Resources for Older Adults & Caregivers

Recursos Para Adultos Mayores y sus Cuidadores

Hay tres videos que habla sobre el Coronavirus. Cada video tiene diferentes temas. Primero video, habla de la razones porque es importante a quedarse en casa. El segundo video, habla sobre como comenzó el virus y como las personas puede a transmitir el virus y las precauciones que se deben tomar. El ultimo video, habla sobre ciertos programas comunitarios que ayudan a la población de ancianos, y otros programas de nutrientes que están disponibles. 

Free Drive-Through Testing at 3 sites

All are in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to expand testing availability in Brown County

UWGB Campus –2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI   

Hours 9 am – 4 pm by appointment at https://doineedacovid19test.com/

Free to anyone age 5 and older whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.  Follow the instructions on signs.  Test results within 15 minutes. UWGB News release link with more information.

Brown County Fair Grounds – 1500 Fort Howard Ave, De Pere  

Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm | Saturday – Sunday 8 am – 4 pm | Hours may vary on Holidays

Prevea Health is sponsoring this site.  Free to anyone wheither or not you have symptoms.  Follow the instructions on the signs.  You will be required to call to let them know you arrived.  Drive into a garage where the test will be preformed, staying in your vehicle the entire time.  Must bring a cell phone and ID.

Former Sears Auto Center – 1555 Green Bay Plaza

Monday – Friday 6:30 am – 6:30 pm | Saturday – Sunday 8 am – noon

Bellin Health is sponsoring this site.  Free to anyone experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID.
Pre-registration required via MyBellin.org or by calling the COVID-19 Hotline 920-445-7313.  Replaces the testing site at 600 S. Webster Ave. 

At-Home Testing

All are in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to expand testing availability in Brown County

At-Home Collection Kits

The State of Wisconsin and Vault Medical Services have teamed up to offer a new COVID-19 testing option for everyone who lives in Wisconsin, with or without symptoms, at no cost. This new service allows people to collect their own saliva samples for testing in their home. 

Check out DHS’ website for more information: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/collection.htm

COVID-19 Testing Information

Below are providers in Brown County who can help you with COVID-19 information and testing.  Prevea, Bellin, and CVS provide free COVID-19 testing.  They use pre-screening to qualify.

Watch for Symptoms

Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including,

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms.  For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever.  It is important to know that you can still spread (transmit) the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Information from Department of Health Services Wisconsin. https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/symptoms.htm

 

When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention

If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive.  Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.   Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

Information from the CDC updated 6.25.2020. Go to this CDC Symptoms link for more information.

 

Stop the Spread of Germs

Help prevent the spread of all respiratory diseases.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Especially before eating, after using the bathroom, sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid sharing items, i.e.: dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Strongly recommend using a cloth face covering/mask while in public.

CDC Recommendations for High Risk Groups

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has identified older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung, kidney disease or diabetes are at higher risk for a more serious COVID-19 illness. The CDC recommends that if you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:

  • Assure you have adequate supplies and food should you need to self-quarantine for 2 weeks or longer.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others. Social Distancing of 6 feet or better is recommended.
  • When you go out in public, wear a mask, stay away from others who are sick, limit close contact, and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to reduce further your risk of being exposed.

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC)

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application at access.wisconsin.gov. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.

Income Tax Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/pcs-vita.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program - (WHEAP)

Provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy related crisis situations. Most fuel types are eligible to receive assistance. There are a number of different programs a household can apply for.

Brown County Health and Human Services is the place to apply for these programs. This Home Energy Assistance Programs link will take you to a website outlining the types of programs as well as application information or call the ADRC Benefit Specialists for more information.

Operation Community Cares (OCC)

Website for non-profit organized to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Volunteers available to pick-up and deliver food and basic needs for persons unable to get to the store and/or pantry.  Find registration information at the buttons below. If you are having trouble ADRC staff can help you register, call (920) 448-4300. 

OCC is also looking for volunteers.  See Volunteer button for more information.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs Brown County Community Resources

Booklet with descriptions of and contact information for service providers for persons who are looking for services to meet their basic needs. Includes food, shelter, childcare, employment, medical, transportation, etc.

Government Free Cell Phone Program

A program called Lifeline that provides free and discounted cell phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.

Income Tax Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/pcs-vita.aspx.

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application at access.wisconsin.gov. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

Advocacy Resources

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN)

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin

ABC for Health

AARP

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Medicare Rights Center

Wisconsin FACETS

De"MEN"tia Support Group - Virtual

1st Tuesday each month

9 - 9:45 am  Join by computer or phone!

Call: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 626 878 367
Password: 1234

Call Sheri Mealy at 920-764-1660 or email sheri.mealy@browncountywi.gov if you are intereste in participating or have questions.  Sheri can send a link for joining via computer.

Support for men caring for loved ones with dementia.  Men often have different perspectives and experiences as caregivers.  Join this group, specifically designed and led by men to share successes and challenges of caring for a love one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Go to this Men's Support Group Flyer for details.

Dementia Support Group for Women - Virtual

3rd Thursday each month

9 - 10 am  Join by computer or phone!

Call: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 624 337 538
Password: 1234

Call Sheri Mealy at 920-764-1660 or email sheri.mealy@browncountywi.gov if you are intereste in participating or have questions.  Sheri can send a link for joining via computer.

Don't miss out on connecting with fellow caregivers during this time.  Join this group to share successes and challenges of caring for a loved on with Alzheimer's or other dementia.

Go to this Women's Support Group Flyer for details.

Grief Group

2nd Wednesday

2 pm

Learn about natural and normal grief responses, and tips for coping with loss. Have questions? Call Mandy 920-339-9065

Healing Through Grief - Life After Caregiving

3rd Wednesday

4 - 5:30 pm

A monthly meeting for spouses, partners, family members, and friends who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Download this Healing Through Grief flyer

Hispanic Support Group

Date To Be Determined

 ¡El ADRC legustaria anunciar la adición de un grupo de apoyo en español! Una vez al mes, reuniremos a personas que experimenten cualquier tipo de discapacidad, física o mental, para proporcionar un lugar seguro para hablar, escuchar y simplemente estar allí para ayudarnos.  No hay obligación de hablar, está bien simplemente venry escuchar mientras buscamos unir más a la comunidad hispana aquí en el Condado de Brown. ¡Hasta pronto!

Low Vision Support Group

2nd Tuesday

2 pm

Anyone with low vision join us to share your experiences and learn from others. Covers technology and other information of interest.

Mug Club - Virtual

2nd Wednesday

6 - 7 pm

Join by computer or phone.

Call: 1-414-655-0003
Access Code: 161 715 6921
Password: MugClub2020

Call Teri Bradford 920-448-4320 or email teri.bradford@browncountywi.gov if you are interested in joining!

A monthly gathering for families, friends, partners and other informal caregivers. Sponsored by Brown County Caregiver Coalition. Download this Mug Club flyer.

NAMI

1st Monday

6:30 pm

Support group for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Open to families and caregivers.

Northeast Wisconsin RSD/CRPS Support Group

2nd Tuesday

6 - 8 pm

Voices Behind the Fire. Our goal is to create a safe place for those diagnosed with RSD/CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) Family, friends, caregivers, and medical professionals are encouraged to join our group.

Parkinson's Support Group

2nd Tuesday

12:30 pm

Caregivers are welcome.

Alzheimer's Assoc On-line Family Support Groups

Alzheimer's Association hosts teleconference or on-line support groups for Family Caregivers. 

There are a number of options for caregivers of persons with dementia, including Spanish speakers.  Click this Alzheimer's Association Support Group Flyer link for more information.

Disabilities

Employment Guide for Persons with Disabilities

Outlines employment options including information on job assistance for older adults, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Examples are Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find funding, assistive technology, and legal issues and advocacy.

Information and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

List of organizations that assist persons with disabilities and their families, i.e.: finding services, assistive technology, and support groups in addition to providing education and advocacy on disability related issues and so much more.

Durable Medical Exquipment - Donate - Purchase Used List

ADRC and Options for Independent Living Loan Closets are closed to lending and accepting items.

List of sources for donating equipment you have or to purchase used equipment.  Examples are assistive devices for the bathroom, bedroom, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, etc.  If you need to explore more options call the ADRC at 920-448-4300 for assistance.

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

List of organizations that serve persons with disabilities with programs to help them stay active and learn new skills.

Respite Options for People with Special Needs

Explains what respite is, why it’s important, available respite options and where to get assistance to sort through those options.

ASPIRO

aspiroinc.org. 920-498-2599, 1673 Dousman St., Green Bay, WI Agency serving individuals with disabilities.  Services such as early intervention, employment, and day services, and more.

CP

www.wearecp.org. 920-337-1122, 2801 South Webster Avenue, Green Bay, WI  Provides aquatic exercise, therapy services, adult day services, childcare, advocacy, and information.

Curative Connections

curativeconnections.org. 920-468-1161, 2900 Curry Ln, Green Bay, WI  A wide variety of services for older adults and adults with disabilities.  Dementia, adult day services, training and employment, rehabilitation, transportation and more.

Options for Independent Living

Optionsil.org. 920-590-0500, 555 Country Club Road, Green Bay, WI Disability showcase model home and office.  Get hands on experience with assistive technology and adaptive equipment.  Provides advocacy, peer support, information, and referral.

ADRC Menu

Take a look at the menu. Monthly menus include a variety of meals for every taste. (ADRC Menu for Homebound meal delivery, Community Cafes and Pick-up.)

Food Resources

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Food Delivery & Pick-up

List of grocery stores offering on-line and phone ordering with at store pick-up or delivery.

Community Meals Response to Coronavirus Emergency

List of free community meal programs and changes to their emergency process during the Coronavirus Emergency.  Includes school age free meal locations.

Fully Cooked Meals Delivered to Your Door

List of meal prep and delivery services. Order meals for weekly delivery.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition.  It helps income eligible individuals and families purchase the food they need for good health.  The application process includes a phone interview with Bay Lake Consortium and filling out an online application at access.wisconsin.gov.  Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

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