COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information and Resources
Below are some of the best resources and websites available for information regarding COVID-19.
CDC COVID Data Tracker (Includes cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations)
StaySafeMKE.org — Tips on how to stay safe and the latest information on testing. You can also download Stay Safe graphics to show your support and encourage others to #StaySafeMKE.
Got COVID-19 Questions? Ask the Milwaukee Health Department! The Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) launched ASKMHD to provide answers in an efficient, streamlined way. All questions are sent to the appropriate department for follow-up or will be answered directly. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get answers.
World Federation of Hemophilia: Specific Risks of COVID-19 to the Bleeding Disorders Community
The COVID-19 Task Force of the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) has released a statement on risks of acquiring COVID-19 disease and specific risks this infection presents to those with a bleeding disorder. Key takeaways are summarized in teh full article. The full announcement inclues sources at the Centers for Disease Control CDC ), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Hemlibra website Read the full statement o on WFH’s website.
Urgent need for COVID Convalescent Plasma and blood donations
Consider donating blood today. There is an urgent need for COVID convalescent plasma and blood donations. If you are fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help coronavirus patients in need by donating COVID convalescent plasma (CCP). Please consider donating at Versiti Blood Centers or the American Red Cross.
Vaccinations: Information, Guidance and Updates
COVID-19 Vaccines and Bleeding Disorders: FAQs and Guidance (NHF, Updated January 2021)
These FAQs were created in anticipation of questions or concerns individuals with bleeding disorders may have about the new COVID-19 vaccines. Read more.
COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance
It is important that hemophilia treatment centers, in close collaboration with patient organizations, take action to inform people with bleeding disorders about the COVID-19 vaccines and contribute to an effective vaccination program. Read more.
What You May Feel After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
It’s important that people understand that there may be some side effects after receiving the COVID-19. These can range from a slightly sore arm to fever and chills. These bodily reactions are your immune system reacting to the vaccine and not an indication that you have come down with COVID, and most disappear after a day or two. Read more experiences from those who have received the vaccine here.
Frequently asked questions about vaccines (Medical College of Wisconsin)
The Medical College of Wisconsin has launched a website providing answers to frequently asked questions about vaccines. Learn the basics of vaccines and why they are so important to the health of our community. Read more.
COVID-19 Vaccine Doesn’t Cause Shingles: The epidemic of coronavirus disinformation continues to rage across the internet. Lately, Google searches for “covid shingles” have hit an all-time high. Experts have found no connection between the coronavirus vaccine and shingles – but if you’re concerned, there is a very effective shingles vaccination available, too. Learn more.
KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor Dashboard. The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor is an ongoing research project tracking the public’s attitudes and experiences with COVID-19 vaccinations. Using a combination of surveys and qualitative research, the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor tracks the dynamic nature of public opinion as vaccine development and distribution unfold, including vaccine confidence and hesitancy, trusted messengers and messages, as well as the public’s experiences with vaccination as distribution begins.
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): The most recent information indicates that about 20% of Americans will definitely not or only take a vaccine if required. The United States Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reports that non-serious reactions are reported in about 372 out of every million (0.037%) administered doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccines (https://vaers.hhs.gov). The most frequently reported adverse events are pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache and muscle pain. Each is more common after the second dose.
COVID-19 Tracing App Launches in Wisconsin
A new mobile app to assist in notifying contacts of people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 is now live. WI Exposure Notification complements the state’s and partner agencies’ efforts in contact tracing by informing Wisconsinites if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Get the App.
Test Up MKE Launches
Test Up MKE is a new website launched to provide the latest COVID-19 information and testing access. You can also visit the Department of Human Services website where you can find testing locations across Wisconsin by state. Click here for information. Note: For testing locations across Wisconsin, click here.
Milwaukee County Updates to the COVID-19 Dashboard
Since the pandemic began in March 2020, the Milwaukee County COVID-19 dashboard has provided residents with essential information, including the total number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, race and ethnicity data, and more. The County recently updated the dashboard to include additional data breakdowns by municipality, age, and race/ethnicity. These updates are a step toward greater transparency to county residents and also allow the County to make better-informed decisions to achieve racial equity and become the healthiest county in Wisconsin. Read more.
Keeping Mental Health in Mind
As we continue into winter, it’s important to keep mental health in mind — especially this year. The Medical College of Wisconsin encourages you to take care of your mental health and know that you’re not alone. For tips to manage stress, coping mechanisms, and information on seasonal affective disorder. Also, remember there are local mental health resources available to help residents. For free help and resources, call the Milwaukee County mental health crisis line at (414) 257-7222. The crisis line is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. More information.
Financial, Energy and Meal Assistance Programs
Need Help Managing the Financial Impacts of COVID-19?
Are you stressed about your finances? The Financial Navigators program helps city of Milwaukee residents deal with the financial impacts of COVID-19. The City of Milwaukee, in partnership with Riverworks Development Corporation, created this free service to remotely connect residents with a trained Financial Navigator to receive one-on-one guidance on managing their financial issues. Sign up at Milwaukee.gov/FN or call (414) 882-7440 to get started. Register now.
Milwaukee County Mortgage Assistance Program
The Milwaukee County Housing Division is partnering with Housing Resources, Inc. to provide mortgage assistance through CARES Act funding to eligible homeowners facing mortgage delinquency or foreclosure due to financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are being accepted now through Dec. 18, 2020. Homeowners can apply through a web-based application at https://www.hri-wi.org/mortgage-assistance.
Eviction Prevention Program
Milwaukee County designated a portion of its CARES Act funding for eviction prevention programs. So far, 4,600 applications for assistance have been received and $2 million in assistance has been provided through Community Advocates. There has been a decrease in eviction filings in the Milwaukee County courts, and some Milwaukee landlords are working directly with the County to address concerns and identify resources to help keep tenants in their homes. Read More.
Energy Assistance Available
Now is the time to apply for energy assistance. The income requirements have changed due to COVID-19. If you’ve previously applied and didn’t qualify, you are encouraged to apply again. When you qualify for the Energy Assistance program, you can access additional energy-saving and money-saving programs. Visit KeepWarmMKE.org for more information or to apply online. Learn more.
Meal Sites for Kids
For 1 in 4 children in Milwaukee, hunger is a harsh reality. Many rely on school meals as a main source of nourishment during the school year. With summer beginning, and many children doing online classes, the problem persists. Contact the Hunger Task Force for information about meal programs. The program provides children age 18 and under with access to nutritious meals to help eliminate nutrition gap. To find the location nearest you, dial 2-1-1, call toll free at 866-211-3380, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit impactinc.org. Find a Location
Milwaukee County Transit
For the current Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) requirements regarding COVID-19, visit their website.
World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH)
The WFH website has created several sections on their website dedicated to COVID-19 including: WFH Statements and Advisories, Regulatory Agencies and Partner Announcement Statements and Pharmaceutical Industry Statements.
WFH eLearning Platform – To ensure all members of the bleeding disorder community have access to important clinical and patient-focused information, the WFH developed the WFH eLearning Platform. The platform features more than 500 important resources in six languages.
Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA)
The HFA has created a section on its website titled Coronavirus: What HFA is Doing.
The site includes a section on Frequently Asked Questions: Bleeding Disorders and COVID-19 that is frequently updated.
HFA has also created a Patient Voice Inbox for patient care and product availability concerns or issues. questions or issues regarding access to your products or care.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC website has created a COVID-19 section on their website. It includes what top medical professionals and experts consider the most trusted, up-to-date information about COVID-19. All information and resources are multilingual. Click here to access CDC resources in languages other than English.
Along with other federal, state and local agencies and public health officials across the country, the FDA continues critical work to protect public health. Visit the FDA’s COVID-19 section of their website and Learn more about the FDA Covid-19 Response.
Other Helpful Websites
Covidactnow.org – Covid Act Now is a multidisciplinary team of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts and public policy leaders working to provide disease intelligence and data analysis on COVID-19 in the U.S. The website allows you to search by state or county and gives you answers to some of these questions: Is your community ready to re-open? Is COVID-19 decreasing? Are we testing enough? Are hospitals ready? Their partners include: Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security, Stanford University Clinical Excellence Research Center, and Grand Rounds. They published their first version of their model on March 20. More than 10 million Americans have used the model since. They engaged with dozens of federal, state, and local government officials, including the U.S. military and White House, to assist with response planning.