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.
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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.
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.
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.
The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration operates a help phone line for those in emotional distress related to a disaster who would like to speak with someone. The number is 800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Also, University Counseling Services offers these tips for coping with coronavirus concerns.
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.
Testing information can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website. Testing facilities are straining to meet demand, so testing may be limited. Faculty and staff should contact their primary health providers. Students can contact their primary health providers or the Norris Health Center for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Wisconsin 211 coronavirus information
- A listing of Wisconsin nurse and health hotlines can be found here.
- The Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin COVID-19 hotline is 414-805-2000, or see https://www.froedtert.com/coronavirus.
- The Advocate Aurora Health COVID-19 hotline is 866-443-2584, or see https://www.advocateaurorahealth.org/coronavirus-disease-2019?_ga=2.5914487.513356221.1584732750-1003591075.1584732750
- The Ascension COVID-19 hotline is 833-978-0649, or see https://healthcare.ascension.org/Specialty-Care/Coronavirus
- The VA’s COVID-19 hotline is 1-888-469-6614, or see https://www.milwaukee.va.gov/emergency/index.asp
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.
In response to state orders to limit public gatherings during the coronavirus health emergency, all university-sponsored events through May 31 are canceled or have been moved online. This includes all events for the rest of the spring semester.
Information about what is known about COVID-19 transmission can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
At this time, campus has the same risk as our surrounding community. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus.
Consult with your personal health professional. At this time, campus has the same risk as our surrounding community. Those with severe chronic medical conditions may be at higher risk of developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Guidelines are available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Chancellor Mark Mone and UWM Health Officer Dr. Julie Bonner have provided regular updates to the campus community for several weeks. These updates, along with links to resources and a list of frequently asked questions broken down by topic are available on UWM’s COVID-19 website.
If you feel you are unable to attend in-person classes Friday, you should contact your instructor. If you have difficulty, you can contact the Dean of Students’ Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guidance that applies to people suspected of having COVID-19 with a pending test is located on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website.
Alert your supervisor to how you are feeling. Upon departing from work, contact your health care provider via telephone for further direction.
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.
UWM announced on March 18 that it would extend online or alternative delivery of instruction from Monday, March 30, to the end of the spring semester. Spring break runs March 15 to 29.
National and state updates:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services Outbreaks in Wisconsin page
Detailed guidance on self-quarantine is located on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services webpage.
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.
Our campus community has the same risk as our surrounding community, and UWM has taken steps to respond accordingly.
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.