Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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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 whether 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 your risk of being exposed.

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