Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
At this time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and local Public Health are recommending the following precautions to remain healthy:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a disposable tissue, and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom, and after sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- People who are sick should stay home from work, school, or childcare until they are fever free for 24 hours without medicine.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wipe down frequently touched surfaces (i.e., doorknobs, tabletops, phones, keyboards) with a disinfectant regularly, both at home and in the workplace.
- Employers should emphasize with their staff the importance of staying home when sick. Employers may want to explore tele-commute, other work-from-home options, or changing their attendance/sick-leave policies temporarily.
For more specific information please follow the links below.
For specific guidance on community events, self quarantine or more please follow the link below to Wisconsin Department of Health Services.