COVID-19 Resources and Information
Below you will find resources to help you navigate through the COVID-19 crisis, such as official announcements, information on the disease and pandemic from credible sources, tips for managing personal and business finances during this time, and more.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, COVID-19 is the disease caused by a virus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019.
Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new respiratory virus, and it can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
- The COVID-19 virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
- The COVID-19 virus is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
- According to this peer-reviewed study (meaning the results have been reviewed by other experts in the field), the virus can live on cardboard for only a few hours, but on plastic for up to 72 hours. More information is sure to come, but these surfaces are most common on library materials.
How can I protect myself and my family?
The best way to prevent COVID-19 or any illness is to avoid being exposed to it. Currently there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. However, the following everyday preventive actions can protect you and others.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning product.
- Follow the advice of your healthcare providers and national, state, and local public health.
National and local authorities have the most up-to-date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in our area. They are the best sources to advise you on what you should be doing to protect yourself.
How can we protect our community?
The main precautions to prevent the spread of COVID 19 are social distancing, quarantine, and individual isolation. Experts recommend, based on a CDC study on Influenza, that best way to slow the spread of the disease, or “flatten the curve” is to practice social distancing, avoiding other people and opportunities to share germs.
What else do we know about COVID-19? There is still a lot unknown about the pandemic, but we will keep you up to date as best we are able. Below are a few “go-to” websites and some peer-reviewed studies. As you do your own research, please remember to practice critical thinking and carefully examine the source of the information and any motives that may be behind the information being shared.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers declared a state of emergency on March 12, and has issued several emergency orders since then. You can view all of the orders on the governor’s website, and sign up to receive email alerts for new updates here.
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order #36: Interim Order to Turn the Dial — May 11, 2020
- Relating to a Proclamation that the Flag of the United States and the Flag of the State of Wisconsin Be Flown at Half-Staff as a Mark of Respect for Peace Officers Who Have Given Their Lives in the Line of Duty — May 8, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 35: Relating to the Department of Health Services and Department of Safety and Professional Services — May 3, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 34: Interim Order to Turn the Dial — April 27, 2020
- Gov. Evers Orden de Emergencia N.º 34 (Spanish) — April 27, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 33: Department of Revenue Administrative Rule Suspensions — April 23, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 32: Relating to the Operations of the Alternative Care Facility — April 23, 2020
- Executive Order 75, Relating to Declaring a State of Emergency in Response to Elevated Wildfire Conditions — April 21, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 31: Badger Bounce Back — April 20, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 30: Department of Natural Resources Administrative Rule Suspensions — April 17, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 29: University of Wisconsin System Administrative Rule Suspensions — April 17, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 28: Safer at Home Order — April 16, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 27: Relating to Joint Effort Marketing Administered by the Department of Tourism — April 15, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 26: Relating to Department of Children and Families Administrative Rule Suspensions — April 14, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 25: Relating to Additional Safety Measures Related to the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and Migrant Labor Camps — April 14, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 24: Relating to the Department of Transportation Emergency Overweight Commodity Permits — April 10, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 23: Related to the Department of Veterans Affairs Assistance to Needy Veterans Program — April 9, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 22: Related to Certain Timelines Established by the Department of Safety and Professional Services — April 9, 2020
- Supreme Court reversed Executive Order 74, elections will take place on April 7, 2020.
- Executive Order 74, Relating to suspending in-person voting on April 7, 2020, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic — April 6, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 21: Relating to the Department of Health Services Administrative Rule Suspensions and Order — April 3, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 20: Relating to Modification of Emergency Order #16 — April 3, 2020
- Executive Order 73, Relating to a Special Session of the Legislature to Provide for an All-Mail Spring Election and Special Election for the 7 th Congressional District during the COVID-19 Pandemic — April 3, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 19: Appropriate Use of COVID-19 Information by Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders, and Public Safety Workers — April 3, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 18: Department of Children and Families Administration Rule Suspensions — March 31, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 17: Department of Natural Resources Administrative Rule Suspension — March 27, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 16: Relating to Certain Health Care Providers and the Department of Safety and Professional Services Credentialing — March 27, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 15: Temporary Ban on Evictions and Foreclosures — March 27, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 14: Relating to Extending the Department of Transportation Emergency Permits to Assist with Grocery Supply Efforts — March 27, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 13: Order to the Department of the Workforce Development Regarding Minor Work Permits — March 27, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 12: Safer at Home Order — March 24, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 11: Public Service Commission Administrative Rule Suspensions — March 21, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 10: Department of Public Instruction Administration Rule Suspension and Emergency Orders — March 21, 2020
- Gov. Evers Emergency Order 9: Order to the Department of Corrections — March 20, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Updated Mass Gathering Ban — March 20, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Order to the Department of Workforce Development Regarding Unemployment Insurance — March 18, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Order Restricting the Size of Child Care Settings — March 18, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 10 People or More — March 17, 2020
- Gov Evers: Order Prohibiting Mass Gatherings of 50 People or More — March 16, 2020
- Gov. Evers: Order for Statewide School Closure — March 13, 2020
- Executive Order 72, Relating to Declaring a Health Emergency in Response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus — March 12, 2020
Employment, Finances, Mental Health
Unfortunately, there is more we all need to be concerned about than just our physical health through this crisis. Below are a few resources for those whose employment, finances, and mental health have been impacted.
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all of your financial related questions (unemployment, retirement withdrawals, emergency paid sick leave, and way more), then head over to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension Financial Education website for COVID-19-related financial questions.
- The Wisconsin Workforce Development website has answers to Frequently Asked Questions about unemployment benefits available for COVID-19-related loss of income.
- Worried about student loans? In addition to interest being waived, you may also be eligible to defer payments for up to two months. See the Federal Student Aid (FSA) website for more information.
- This guide to Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, specifically in response to COVID-19 outbreak.
- From the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Facebook page: If all the talk about #COVID19 is making you feel overwhelmed or frightened, support is available. Call @distressline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. You are not alone.
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