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Should I wear a mask to reduce the transmission of coronavirus?

April 6, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (such as grocery stores and pharmacies). The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders. More information about cloth face coverings is available here.

What does it mean to “self-monitor”?

March 26, 2020

You should monitor yourself for a fever by taking your temperature twice a day and be alert for coughing or difficulty breathing. If you develop any of these symptoms, you should self-isolate and contact your health care provider by phone immediately. The Wisconsin Department of Health has additional information here.

How long do people have to be self-quarantined or self-isolated?

March 26, 2020

This will depend on the reason a person is self-quarantined. People who are self-quarantined/self-isolated can stop once their health care provider or public health official tells them they can. New guidelines become available every day, taking into account the limited test availability. The duration of self-quarantine for those returning from an affected area is 14 days.

What support is available for a student who is self-quarantining in University Housing?

March 26, 2020

University Housing is implementing additional social-distancing protocols as residents move out of the residence halls. Because there is community spread within Milwaukee County, it is especially important that students who are remaining on campus plan now in the event that they are asked to self-quarantine by a health professional or public health official. This includes provisions such as keeping a supply of needed medications and being prepared to start distance learning on March 30. Additional details are available to students remaining in University Housing.

What should I do if I have had direct or indirect contact with a person diagnosed with or being evaluated for COVID-19?

March 26, 2020

People should follow all guidelines that have been provided by their local and state public health officials. They should monitor themselves for fever, cough and shortness of breath, and if they develop symptoms, call their health care provider for advice. UWM employees should call their personal health care provider. Students can contact either their personal health care provider or the Norris Health Center at 414-229-4716. Call ahead before going to a clinic, urgent care or an emergency room.

I understand a UWM employee tested positive for coronavirus. How will people know if they were in close contact with the person?

March 26, 2020

The Milwaukee Health Department conducts tests for coronavirus, and with a positive test, it begins a contact investigation. Using information gathered during this investigation, local or state health departments notify people it determines are at risk. Local health departments are following state and federal public health guidelines related to contact investigations.

Will the Norris Health Center be able to test for coronavirus?

March 26, 2020

The Norris Health Center is not testing for coronavirus at this time. The Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory is prioritizing tests from hospitals and long-term care facilities. Coronavirus testing in Wisconsin and elsewhere remains limited due to the high volume of requests and limited number of tests and test analysis capacity. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Have there been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UWM?

March 26, 2020

Yes. The City of Milwaukee Health Department has confirmed one case of COVID-19 in a UWM employee. There will likely be more. However, as of this week, the spread of the virus in Milwaukee County can no longer be traced to individuals, and thus, the public health guidance does not provide details about the identity of people who have been infected. Because almost all students and employees are not on campus, they should follow information related to COVID-19 through their local health departments, which execute state and federal public health guidelines.

Where can I get help and assistance related to COVID-19?

March 20, 2020

Individuals who a personal health concern should contact their personal healthcare provider.

If you have general questions, here are some hotlines and websites that can help:

Students and employees who live in different states can contact state and local health care agencies in their states. They also can find their local 211 resources here.



Will UWM require “social distancing?”

March 12, 2020

Social distancing measures are designed to reduce the spread of the virus by reducing direct contact between individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.” Please consult the Wisconsin DHS and Milwaukee Health Department websites for information related to social distancing.

Where can I get regular updates with accurate information related to steps being taken at an international, national, state and city level?

March 11, 2020

Global updates:

National and state updates:

Local updates:

What is the university doing to keep the community safe?

March 11, 2020

At UWM, the Infectious Disease Preparedness Team and the Crisis Management Team are meeting regularly to monitor the situation, to review rapidly evolving guidance from national, state and local public health authorities, and to coordinate across departments to address needs. Consult UWM’s COVID-19 webpage for updates.

Norris Health Center is following public health authorities’ guidelines for health care facilities. This includes asking patients who have respiratory symptoms or fever whether they have traveled internationally in the past two weeks. If a student is identified as someone who has the risk factors identified by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, they will be isolated for assessment and staff will work with local and state public health professionals to prevent the spread of infection to others.

What is the coronavirus and what are the symptoms?

March 11, 2020

The novel coronavirus is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness. It was first detected in Wuhan, China. Common symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.