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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.

About COVID-19
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.

Go-to websites:

Pierce County

St. Croix County – Health Alerts 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

World Health Organization (WHO)

Official Announcements

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.

 

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.

Working From Home Resources 

Remote Working: Setting Yourself and Your Teams Up for Success is a playlist of courses design to help people work remotely.  These free LinkedIn Learning courses in all languages are designed to help agencies and their employees remain engaged and productive while working remotely.