COVID-19 / Coronavirus Information and Resources
As COVID-19 continues to evolve, 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 will continue to work 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 on 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.
CDC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Transmission (September 30, 2020:
Although posted on the CDC website on Friday, September 18th and reported in the popular press, a major change in the guidance from the CDC in the transmission of COVID-19 acknowledged that the virus can be easily spread through the air, and that airborne droplets containing the virus can linger indoors for hours and be dispersed beyond six feet. This guidance was in alignment with scientific findings and recommendations from medical experts who have advocated for public health guidance on airborne transmission of the virus as may occur indoors or within enclosed environments which are crowed and have inadequate ventilation. The new guidance from the CDC was subsequently removed from the website on Monday, September 21st stating that “CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission” of coronavirus.
New Information Regarding COVID-19:
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.
New! Miller Park Testing Location
The new centralized community COVID-19 testing site at Miller Park is now open for testing. Hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Drive-thru and walk-up testing is available. The Milwaukee Health Department is offering a free shuttle to the Miller Park COVID-19 testing site. The shuttle will operate using Lamers buses. More information on routes and locations is available here.
As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Call 2-1-1 or visit TestUpMKE to find the nearest testing location.
National Guard Testing Locations
The National Guard COVID-19 testing sites continue to operate this week. Please see below for locations, dates and times.
- Custer Stadium – 4300 W. Fairmount Ave., Milwaukee
Across the street from Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education
- UMOS – 2710 S. Chase Ave., Milwaukee
- Monday – Thursday: 11 am. – 7 pm
- Friday – Saturday: 11 am. – 5 pm
- Sunday: Closed
As a reminder, Federally Qualified Health Centers and private health providers continue to provide tests for symptomatic individuals. Call 2-1-1 or visit 211 online to find the testing location nearest to you.
Note: For testing locations across Wisconsin, click here:
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.
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.
New! Milwaukee County’s Universal Face Mask Policy, Now In Effect, Has Changes: A reminder that Milwaukee County’s Universal Face Mask Policy is in effect. 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.
Changes to the Face Mask Policy:
Milwaukee County’s Universal Face Mask Policy and Procedure Administrative Order has been revised to better align with recent guidance from the CDC. These updates apply to both employees and visitors in any Milwaukee County building.
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.
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. Read 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 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.
COVID-19 and Bleeding Disorders: Does having a bleeding disorder mean I’m at a higher risk for COVID? Frequently Asked Questions. Read more.
Mental Health – Back to School Toolkit offered by Mental Health America: Many students who return to school may experience loneliness, after months away from classmates. Those who remain home often feel more lonely and isolated, feeling separation from their peer group. Mental Health America developed a back-to-school toolkit to help students, parents, and personnel navigate the challenges of returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit is available in both English and Spanish. Learn more.
Youth Sports Safety Tips: Some youth sports programs are starting up again. Before returning to youth sports programs, 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 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.
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 Wisconsin, Coronavirus 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.
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 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.
Statements/Updates from NHF’s Dr. Leonard Valentino on COVID-19: Dr. Leonard Valentino is adding updates every week for the community.
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.
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.
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.