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 issue a State of Emergency until June 17 encouaraging people to be cautous and do everything they can 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.
Free Drive-up Testing Available
Prevea Health will offer free drive-up testing to anyone not just Prevea patients who have symptoms of the coronavirus.
Location: Prevea Clinic 2502 S. Ashland Ave
Instructions to receive a test are at https://myprevea.com/
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.
Watch for Symptoms
Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including,
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle aches or pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Free testing is available.
When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention
If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- 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 4.27.2020. Go to this CDC Symptoms link for more information.
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)