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. Stay Safer at Home has been lifted. Brown County Board issued a State of Emergency due to the Coronavirus until July 15. Public health recommendations include practicing social distancing and wearing a mask in public to stop the spread of germs.
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. See the link below on how you can stop the spread of germs.
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.
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.
- Prevea: Go to myprevea.com for screening information, how to request a test, and locations.
- Bellin Health: Call 920-445-7313 or 1-888-330-3524. Click this Bellin Health Getting Help with COVID-19 Flyer.
- CVS: Go to cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid-assessment to see if you qualify for a test and to find a local locations.
- Aurora Health: Call the hot-line at 866-443-2584. Click on this Aurora Health COVID-19 Flyer.
Contact Tracing – How to identify Scammers
Contact tracing is used to reduce the spread of the virus, when persons test positive for COVID-19. It is conducted by local public health with the support of WI Department of Health Services. It is an important part of containing the virus.
Contact tracers will never ask for social security or bank account numbers and do not use texting. Go to this Contract Tracing link to learn more.
Watch for Symptoms
Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including,
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Muscle pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
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)