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Milwaukee County has confirmed cases of novel coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will provide updates as frequently as possible.
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What is Coronavirus?
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.
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 or have recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. 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. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
Where can I get tested?
The federal government is currently in the process of developing and deploying tests for COVID-19. When there are testing locations established within Milwaukee County, we will share them here. The CDC recommends that anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to COVID-19 and develops a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, should call their healthcare provider for medical advice.
What does self-quarantine mean?
Follow these instructions for the 14 days after you left the Level 3 country (e.g., beginning the day after the last day you were in a country with a Level 3 travel health notice).
- Stay home. This means do not go to school, work, public areas or attend large gatherings such as parties, weddings, meetings and sporting events. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world that has a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
- Do not go out to restaurants or have guests over to your house.
- Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you must contact your local health department first for instructions. Please know, if you choose to travel and become ill while you are away, you may not be able to return home using public transport (e.g., air travel) until you are well and released from possible isolation by the local public health department.
- Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
- As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
- Postpone all non-essential medical appointments (e.g., dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during the quarantine, please call your provider ahead of time and tell them that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Your local health department may also be able to help you.
- If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels and bedding.
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 closed to the public. There are different payment options available. For case information, call (414) 615-2593 or email.
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.
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
Closed to the public. All zoo and Zoological Society events and programs are cancelled until further notice.
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.
House of Correction
Video visitations only.
Milwaukee County Jail
Video visitations only. Non-contact attorney visitation is available onsite.
Vel R. Phillips Youth and Family Justice Center
Personal and professional visits are suspended but being done telephonically.
Veteran's Service Office, 6419 W. Greenfield Ave.
Closed to the public.
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.
Milwaukee County Administrative Orders
Have questions on county procedures and guidance for employees?
Milwaukee County has compiled a list of resources to help you navigate this rapidly evolving situation.