COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information and Resources

COVID-19 Information and Resources

As COVID-19 continues to evolve on a day-to-day and hour-by-hour basis, the amount of information can become overwhelming. During these uncertain times, we remind ourselves of our mission: to educate, support and advocate for the bleeding disorders community of Wisconsin. We are working diligently to make sure you have the most up-to-date and relevant information we can provide.

Below is a comprehensive list of information and resources. Moving forward, we will be sending our subscribers emails that contain information related to COVID-19, as well as GLHF programs and services.  For a list of the most recent articles and up-to-date information, visit GLHF’s COVID-19 category of the News Section of our website. Simply click on ‘News’ and then choose the ‘COVID-19’ category on the top.

In addition, we have added a full list of reputable resources related to COVID-19 information as it relates to bleeding disorders, as well as general COVID-19 information for the entire population. You can find this comprehensive list in the Resources section of our website.

Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation (GLHF)
GLHF has created a special section on our website dedicated to COVID-19 and bleeding disorders in our News Section.

GLHF has also created a special section on its Resources Page that has all a list of all reputable resources regarding COVID-19. It includes recent and up-to-date articles, advisories and statements from NHF, HFA, WFA, MASAC, the CDC and the FDA.

A Message from Danielle Leitner Baxter, Executive Director of GLHF – June 2020

A Message to the Community from GLHF’s Executive Director, Danielle Leitner Baxter – April 2020

GLHF Letter to the Community on COVID-19 – March 2020

State of Wisconsin

Milwaukee Responds to the Coronovirus Outbreak

Milwaukee County COVID-19 Dashboard: Information about confirmed cases and confirmed deaths in Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee County Courts to Reopen July 20, 2020: Beginning July 20, in-person trials will resume at the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The County worked closely with health consultants to redesign courtrooms in a way that adheres to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While the COVID-19 pandemic is still underway, it’s important to protect the constitutional right to a speedy trial. Reopening the courts is a fundamental part of ensuring that right.

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CARES Act Funding Announcement: Effective July 29, the Milwaukee County Board voted to move forward with County Executive David Crowley’s plan to allocate more than $77 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. Amid the growing need for County services, the proposal supports life safety measures, emergency operations and investments in critical economic stability and public health services.

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MCTS to Require Masks on Buses Starting August 1: The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced today that masks or face coverings will be required on buses starting August 1. MCTS ecourages the public to bring their own mask – as many passengers have already been doing – to help protect themselves and others wile riding the bus.

For more information about MCTS’s response to COVID-19, please visit RideMCTS.com/Coronavirus.

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Milwaukee County Face Mask Policy Now In Effect: A reminder that Milwaukee County’s Universal Face Mask Policy goes into effect this week. To protect the health and safety of the community and County employees, everyone will be required to wear a face mask at all county buildings and facilities with controlled entrances. It is strongly recommended face masks be worn at outdoor County facilities and grounds, as well as at the airport and on buses. Disposable face masks will be provided to members of the public who do not have a mask when one is required, as well as on buses.

The Universal Face Mask Policy is in line with the CDC recommendation that face masks be worn to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly in areas of significant community-spread transmission, such as Milwaukee County.

Free COVID-19 Testing on Wednesdays: Shalem Healing continues to offer free testing on Wednesdays through the month of July in the Bader Philanthropies parking lot. No appointment is needed and those seeking a test do not need to be showing symptoms. A limited number of tests are available. Both nasal and blood testing will be offered. Those wishing to be tested should enter the parking lot via N. 5th St.  \

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Summer Meal Sites for Kids: For 1 in 4 children in Milwaukee, summer hunger is a harsh reality.  Many rely on school meals as a main source of nourishment during the school year. Hunger Task Force will provide summer meal sites for kids through the Milwaukee Summer Meals Program. The program provides children age 18 and under with access to nutritious meals during the summer to help eliminate the summer nutrition gap. Meals are available at a number of locations.

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

Youth Sports Safety Tips: Some youth sports programs are starting up again. Before returning to play, the CDC has tips for kids, coaches and parents to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. Watch Video for more information about youth sports recommendations from the CDC .

Share Your Input on the DHHS 2021 Budget: Milwaukee County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is seeking input for the 2021 budget. It has been a difficult year and they want to hear from the public ideas on how to be as effective and efficient as possible. On the DHHS website, there is a link to a short survey ad the opportunity to provide comments. DHHS budget input.

Got COVID-19 Questions? Ask 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 askmhdcovid19@milwaukee.gov and you will get answers.

Stay Safe Wisconsin: As Wisconsin starts to reopen, we must stay safe and continue to protect ourselves and others in our community from COVID-19. Keep yourself, your loved ones and our community safe by following public health guidelines and taking protective measures. Visit StaySafeMKE.org for 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.

State of Wisconsin updates on COVID-19 / Coronavirus and how it’s affecting life in Wisconsin from reporters at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. This includes: What You Need to Know About Coronavirus in WisconsinCoronavirus in the U.S. and Around the World and Names of Care Centers with COVID-19 Cases Released by DHS.

Wisconsin Healthcare Access Network

Medicine Assistance Tool– A search engine designed to help patients, caregivers and healthcare providers discover available resources. Many companies have recently expanded their assistance programs due to COVID-19.

Medicine Assistance Tool – a search engine designed to help patients, caregivers and health care providers discover available resources. Many companies have recently expanded their assistance programs due to COVID-19

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease – This is informational resources for high risk groups.

Kaiser Family Foundation– A map that shows which states have taken “health policy actions” including waiving cost sharing, early refills, etc.

Stateside– This is a list by state of recent state actions, legislative and executive.

National Governors Association– A list of state actions, including an essential business tracker.

National Conference of State Legislators– A list of legislature-focused actions.

The Commonwealth Fund– This is a list of private insurance changes by states.

Council of State Governments– A list of wide-ranging tools, governors and legislatures.

Milkin Institute COVID-19 Treatment Tracker – This includes information on potential treatments & vaccines in development.

Chamber of Commerce – This is a list of essential workforce items.

National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF) 
NHF is hosting webinars and town hall meetings every Friday at 5 pm (6 pm ET) on topics related to COVID-19. Topics have included telehealthinsurance coverage, a health and wellness update from NHF’s Dr. Leonard Valentino and more. For information about upcoming webinars and how to register, visit NHF’s website. To register for the Friday, April 17 webinar: Stress and Anxiety: Coping with COVID-19, click here.

NHF created a section on their website titled COVID-19 Informationwhere you can find the latest resources and information regarding the virus and the bleeding disorders community.

Updates on Specialty Pharmacy Provider Services During COVID-19 Pandemic – NHF is posting all communications from specialty pharmacy providers regarding any potential effects that the COVID-19 pandemic could have on their ability to distribute product and provide services. If you have any questions about your specialty pharmacy provider, we urge to you contact them directly. You can visit NHF’s Updates on Product Availability page to see statements from pharmaceutical companies on possible impacts to manufacture of products.

NHF’s CEO, Dr. Leonard Valentino, in partnership with the Hemophilia Federation of America’s (HFA) President and CEO, Sharon Meyers, M.S., CFRE, has conducted webinars including Dr. Valentino’s Town Hall Webinar and Coverage Concerns and Unanswered Questions: We Get It.

For information about upcoming webinars or to view previously recorded webinars, visit NHF’s website or GLHF’s website.

Statements/Updates from NHF’s Dr. Leonard Valentino on COVID-19: Dr. Leonard Valentino is adding updates every week for the community.

NHF Letter to the Community on COVID-19

HTC Visits and COVID-19

Updates on Product Availability During COVID-19

NHF’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Council (MASAC)
Over the years MASAC has issued more than 400 communications covering a wide range of medical issues, from prevention and treatment to infectious disease complications and women with bleeding disorders. Each year, MASAC establishes standard treatment guidelines. These are often referred to by international experts, medical schools, pharmacists, emergency room personnel, insurance companies and many others. View the latest MASAC recommendations here.

MASAC Letter to the Community Regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019

Supplemental MASAC Statement Regarding Home Delivery and Refill Under State of Emergency Declaration

Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Get the Latest on COVID-19 and the State of Wisconsin’s Safer-at-Home

Public Meetings During a Public Health Emergency

World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH)
The WFH website has created several sections on their website dedicated to COVID-19 including: WFH Statements and AdvisoriesRegulatory Agencies and Partner Announcement Statements and Pharmaceutical Industry Statements.

A Message from the WFH President and CEO

Specific Risks of COVID-19 to the Bleeding Disorders Community

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.

Webinar: View WFH’s Webinar: Bleeding Disorders and COVID-19 – Facts and Risks for People with Bleeding Disorders, which was held on April 9.

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.

HFA President and CEO, Sharon Meyers, M.S., CFRE, in partnership with NHF’s CEO, Dr. Leonard Valentio, have and will continue to conduct webinars every Friday at 5 pm (6 pm ET). For upcoming webinars, as well as past webinars that you can listen to online, visit NHF’s website.

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.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

Coronavirus Self-Checker: A guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care

How to Protect Yourself and Others

What to Do if You Are Sick

Cases, Data and Surveillance

COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.

Running Essential Errands and Limiting Your Exposure

Older Adults and COVID-19

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA is working with U.S. government partners, including the CDC and internal partners to address the pandemic.

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.

The FDA Releases a New Webpage During COVID-19 Outbreak

Latest COVID-19 Information from the FDA

Frequently Asked Questions

Medical Countermeasures

How to Help

Report a Problem

Health Fraud

Contact FDA

Additional Resources

World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. WHO’s primary goal is to direct international health within the United Nations’ system and to lead partners. Their website has a comprehensive list of resources, including Rolling Updates on the Coronavirus Disease.

Coronavirus Disease Situation Dashboard

WHO Health Alert brings COVID-19 facts to billions via WhatsApp

Medicare RX Access Network (MRAN)

MRAN has developed a COVID-19 Resource Guide, including links to government resources, aging resources, patient group resources and industry resources.

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

PhRMA represents the country’s leading biopharmaceutical research companies and supports the search for new treatments and cures.

Learn the latest information on the biopharmaceutical industry’s effort to beat COVID-19

PhRMA has created a COVID-19 Infographic: How we are Fighting COVID-19

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 SecurityStanford 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.