COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information and Resources
CDC COVID Data Tracker (Includes cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations)
StaySafeMKE.org: With COVID-19 cases and deaths at an all time high, we must stay safe and continue to protect ourselves and others in our community. 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.
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.
Vaccinations: Information, Guidance and Updates
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 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.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Bleeding Disorders: FAQs and Guidance (NHF, Updated January 12, 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.
A Vaccine FAQ for Our Community
As the vaccine becomes more available, we know many people in our community have questions. We compiled an FAQ based off questions we’ve received from the community and will be updating it as more information becomes available. Learn more 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 and Bleeding Disorders: Does having a bleeding disorder mean I’m at a higher risk for COVID? Frequently Asked Questions. Read more.
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. This allows them to take steps to keep themselves and those around them safe. According to Governor Tony Evers, “This app is completely voluntary, but the more people who use it, the more effective it will be.” Get the App.
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.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page
To provide Wisconsinites with timely COVID-19 vaccine information, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) launched its new COVID-19 vaccine data page. Data shown includes summary metrics for vaccine allocation, shipment, and total vaccine administered. The page also includes a graph displaying the number of vaccinations administered per day. DHS will update the page at 2 p.m. every Tuesday. Read more.
Keeping Mental Health in Mind
As we continue into winter, it’s important to keep mental health in mind — especially this year. This time of year can pose unique mental health challenges for many people. 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, click the below button.
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.
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.
Leaders of Wisconsin’s Two Medical Schools Urge Everyone to Take Action During the COVID-19 Outbreak. Med School Leaders Urge Public to Stay home to Stop the Spread.
Leaders of Wisconsin’s two medical schools have an urgent message to the public: Right now, every person in the state has the power to save lives by choosing to take a stand against COVID-19. The impact that COVID-19 has had on neighbors, friends, communities, health care professionals and frontline workers in our state has been devastating. Medical professionals are seeing sky-high levels of illness and hospitals running out of beds and staff. Do your part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, wearing a mask, washing your hands, and maintaining a distance of six feet or more from others when you must leave your household. Read more.
Milwaukee County Health Screening Policy Updated
The health of Milwaukee County employees, contractors and visitors is of vital concern and importance, therefore Milwaukee County has updated the health screening policy for anyone entering Milwaukee County buildings. All employees and contractors must screen for symptoms, including fever, and for exposure on each day they are working in-person, and the screening must be completed before or upon entrance to the worksite. Requirements for screening visitors to Milwaukee County facilities vary by the location accessed by visitors and by the expected length of the visit. Read more.
New tool calculates COVID-19 risk of events attendance
The COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool, developed by a Georgia Institute of Technology professor, allows you to calculate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by attending an event, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas gatherings. Use this tool to calculate the severity of risk of exposure to COVID-19 by entering the number of people who will be in attendance at an event and the county in which the event will take place. Read more.
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.
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.
Test Up MKE Launches
Test Up MKE is a new website launched to provide the latest COVID-19 information and testing access. This site provides easy access to information on the effects of the pandemic on groups disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 such as essential workers, immigrants and BIPOC communities. The website is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Arabic and Burmese. It also has an accessibility feature for those with hearing, visual and other special needs.
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.
It’s Time to Double Mask
The CDC has changed its guidance in response to the new, more contagious variants of COVID-19, recommending either a mask with multiple layers of fabric, or wearing a surgical mask underneath a cloth mask. The guidelines also stress that fit – snugly around the mouth, nose and chin – is important to reduce spread. Learn More.
Wisconsin Physician Leaders and Public Health Officers Issue Plea to Community
Southeastern Wisconsin is experiencing critically high levels of COVID-19 and significant spread in communities. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are increasing across the state. Health care leaders and local health departments are asking the communities they serve to do their part to reduce the spread and to protect families, friends, and the community by doing the following:
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Watch your distance
- Get your flu shot
COVID-19 Testing Locations
Testing at Milwaukee County COVID-19 testing sites is free for anyone, regardless of symptoms. No appointment is needed. There are many testing location options throughout Milwaukee County. Testing sites at Southside Health Center, Northwest Health Center and the South Shore site in South Milwaukee are closed for Veterans Day. Testing continues at the Miller Park site. As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Many Federally Qualified Health Centers and health care providers have same-day appointments available. Call 2-1-1 or visit TestUpMKE for the latest testing information.
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.
Virtual Field Trip Portal
Planning field trips has been a challenge with COVID-19. Milwaukee cultural institutions have launched a virtual field trip portal to enhance learning opportunities through virtual field trips. The MKE Virtual Field Trip Portal currently features visits to Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Discovery World, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Learn more.
Milwaukee County Transit
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. Read More.
Milwaukee County’s Universal Face Mask Policy, Now In Effect, Has Changes
Scarves, bandanas and neck gaiters are no longer allowed as face masks. Face shields, masks with exhalation values or vents, and masks with inappropriate writing or imagery continue to not be accepted as face masks.
Accepted face masks include cloth masks with two or more layers of breathable fabric, disposable face masks, and FDA approved masks for sign language interpreters.
The religious exemption from face masks has been removed in order to align with the State of Wisconsin’s exemption guidelines. Exemptions now include children 2 or younger, those with a disability that makes it difficult to wear a mask, those who have been advised by a medical professional to not wear a mask, anyone who has difficulty breathing, and anyone who relies primarily on lip reading.
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 many children doing online classes this year, 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
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.
Stateside – This is a list by state of recent state actions, legislative and executive.
National Conference of State Legislators– A list of legislature-focused actions.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.