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Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Milwaukee County
Learn what Milwaukee County is doing to help ensure a safe and healthy working environment for employees and customers. The video covers a review of the new COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Universal Face Mask Policy and Procedures Administrative Order 20-14v1 and details training topics and procedures from County Executive Crowley, our medical director and the CDC.
Milwaukee County has confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updates as frequently as possible.
In accordance with HIPAA laws, Milwaukee County will not release names or personal information of employees who test positive for COVID-19.
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What is Coronavirus?
On Feb. 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19.
When should I get tested?
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, call 2-1-1 to find the nearest testing center. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately.
Where can I get tested?
Milwaukee’s Community Health Centers have increased testing capacity and now offer COVID-19 diagnostic testing and care for their patients as well as community members without a regular doctor who have COVID symptoms. Individuals enrolled at a health center as well as people without a regular doctor who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should call 2-1-1 to determine if there is a need for a testing appointment.
Health Center Contact Information
Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center: (414) 383-9526 | http://www.gliihc.net/
Milwaukee Health Services, Inc.: (414) 372-8080 | www.mhsi.org
Outreach Community Health Centers: (414) 727-6320 | www.ochc-milw.org
Progressive Community Health Centers: (414) 882-2040 | www.progressivechc.org
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers: (414) 672-1353 | www.sschc.org
What if my home isn’t safe?
During the COVID-19 crisis, if you do not feel safe at home because of abuse or neglect, help is available. Call 2-1-1 to get connected to someone who can help or click here to find resources.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing:
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
- Do not gather in groups
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.
Limit close contact with others outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you—or they—have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
The Wisconsin National Guard is conducting free COVID-19 testing for anyone, regardless of symptoms.
Drive-thru and walk-up testing are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday - Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. No appointment is needed.
Custer Stadium at Barack Obama High School of Career and Technical Education, 4300 W. Fairmount Ave.
UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Avenue
All other testing sites require an appointment. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath), use the map to find a health center and make an appointment for your test or call 2-1-1.
Milwaukee County and its partners are working with Community Health Centers to ensure those who need COVID-19 tests can get them.
Closures and Service Changes
Here is a list of county departments and facilities that are closed or operating at reduced capacity.
Child Support Services
The Child Support Services office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for payments and for scheduled appointments only. To schedule an appointment or for case information, call (414) 615-2593.
Housing Division, 600 W. Walnut St.
The Milwaukee County Housing Division is closed. Workers are working offsite and will be available by phone. If you are receiving rental assistance through Milwaukee County, there will not be a disruption in rent payments. For additional information, contact the Housing Division staff member who is assigned to your case. Individuals in need of shelter can call 2-1-1.
Senior Centers and Services
For updates on the status of Senior Centers, Aging Resource Center and Meals on Wheels, click here.
Aging Resource Center: Call our Aging Resource Call Center at (414) 289-6874 if you need assistance. Aging Resource Center staff are conducting their appointments over the phone.
The majority of Milwaukee County Parks public venues are closed until further notice and public events, rentals and programs scheduled to be held at these venues have also been cancelled. View the full list of Parks facilities closures.
The Offices of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors are not open to the public.
The Offices of the County Executive are not open to the public. Staff can be reached at (414) 278-4211.
The Treasurer's office has suspended all counter service for the public, but is open to employees who need to conduct official business.
The Clerk's office has suspended all counter service for the public.
Register of Deeds
The Register of Deeds office is closed to the public. The office is processing vital records requests via phone or email.
Department of Administrative Services
All Department of Administrative Services offices are closed to the public. Staff is working virtually.
Services for new employee orientation and retirees are available by appointment only. Learn more.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court issued two Administrative Orders: one postponing all civil and criminal jury trials statewide through May 22, 2020, and the second stating that, subject to certain exceptions, all proceedings in the courts of this state are to be conducted via remote audio-video technology if practicable.
Press Release Full Order and Operational Plan
Transit, 1942 N. 17th St.
Administrative office is closed to visitors. More updates here: www.ridemcts.com/coronavirus
Mitchell International Airport
The zoo is partially open as an "outdoor experience." Learn more.
Offices are in operation, but the facility is closed to the public.
Behavioral Health Division, 9455 Watertown Plank Rd.
Front door and loading dock, closed to the public, but open for essential services. Psychiatric Crisis Services - Emergency Room - Circle Drive Entrance is open. View map.
Marcia P. Coggs Building, 1220 W. Vliet St.
Closed to the public. State Department of Health Services will serve individuals experiencing homelessness with EBT cards and document scanning from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. only. Access to the building is restricted to the Vliet Street entrance.
Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center
Open to the public. Visitation limited. View map.
House of Correction
Video visitations only.
Milwaukee County Jail
Video visitations only. Non-contact attorney visitation is available onsite.
Youth Detention Center
Personal and professional visits are suspended but being done telephonically. Learn more.
In-person traffic desk functions and in-person civil process functions are closed until further notice. Online services are available. Sheriff sales have been suspended until June 1, 2020.
Veteran's Service Office, 6419 W. Greenfield Ave.
Closed to the public.
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