Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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. 

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.

Free Drive-Through Testing at Brown County Fair Grounds

1500 Fort Howard Ave, De Pere, WI

Starting Monday, November 2 Prevea Health in partnership with the Wisconsin Dpeartment of Health Services (DHS) will provide Drive-Through testing.

Free to anyone whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.  Those wishing to be tested remain in their car through a covered, two lane drive-through keeping them safe from the cold and winter elements.

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.


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)


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

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

Curative Connections 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 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.

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