WISCONSIN COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

COVID-19 Updates

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 including testing numbers, prevention and additional resources, please visit the Department of Health Services website.

Department of Health Services

What is COVID-19?

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.
  • Formerly, this disease was referred to as "2019 Novel Coronavirus" or "2019-nCoV."

Safer at Home

On March 24, Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to issue a Safer at Home order that prohibits all nonessential travel, with some exceptions as clarified and defined in the order. You do not need any documentation or special permission to leave your home or operate your business, as long as you comply with the order. The order is effective at 8 am on Weds., March 25, 2020 and will remain in effect until 8 am Fri., April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

Here to Help

Helpline

If all the talk about COVID-19 is making you feel overwhelmed or frightened, contact the SAMHSA Disaster Helpline:

The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7 365 day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human caused-disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents of the United States and its territories.

Donations

We are looking for companies, educational facilities and other organizations that may have personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be used in the state’s response to the COVID-19 emergency. Types of equipment needed includes:

  • Surgical Gowns (S, L, XL, and XXL)
  • Face/Surgical Masks (adult, pediatric)
  • Gloves (Nitrile, Vinyl, or Butyl)
  • N-95 Particulate Respirators
  • Isolation Gowns
  • Face Shields
  • Tyvek Coveralls
  • Thermometers
  • Foot Coverings

Donate Personal Protective Equipment

State of Wisconsin Resources

Our state agencies are developing guidance and resources for Wisconsinites to stay healthy and make informed choices for themselves and their families during this time. These agencies will continue to update their websites with the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

Department of Health Services
  • What COVID-19 is
  • Prevention and treatment
  • Travel guidance
  • Shareable resources
Department of Health Services
Department of Administration
  • Division of Personnel Management - State employees
Department of Administration
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
  • Resources for reporting price gouging, scams, and fraud
  • Toolkit, guidance, and FAQs for farmers, food processors, retailers, and restaurant operators
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Department of Children and Families
  • Child care information
  • Child welfare information
Department of Children and Families
Department of Corrections
  • Updates regarding correctional institutions
Department of Corrections
Department of Financial Institutions
  • Guidance for payday and licensed lenders
  • Guidance for remote notarization in Wisconsin
Department of Financial Institutions
Department of Natural Resources
  • Information on state parks, trails, and forests
  • License sales
Department of Natural Resources
Department of Public Instruction
  • School closures
  • Resources for administrators and teachers
  • Virtual and distance learning
  • Food and nutrition
Department of Public Instruction
Department of Revenue
  • Resources for taxpayers
  • DOR online services
Department of Revenue
Department of Safety and Professional Services
  • Updates on building inspections
  • Online instruction guidelines
Department of Safety and Professional Services
Department of Tourism
  • Updates related to the tourism industry
Department of Tourism
Department of Transportation
  • DMV online services and service center status
  • Other WisDOT service updates
Department of Transportation
Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Veterans benefits and services
  • Resource centers
Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Workforce Development
  • Unemployment
  • Equal Rights
Department of Workforce Development
Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
  • Telehealth services
  • Payment for testing
  • Increased access to prescription drugs
Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
Public Service Commission
  • Emergency Internet Resources
  • Utility Service Help
Public Service Commission
UW System
  • Information on state universities
UW System
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) updates
  • Resources for businesses in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Wisconsin Elections Commission
  • Information on early voting
  • Guidance for polling places
Wisconsin Elections Commission
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
  • Information on mortgages and rent during COVID-19
  • FAQs for homeowners, renters, housing providers
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
Wisconsin Tech College System
  • Information on state tech colleges
Wisconsin Tech College System
Updated on April 9th, 2020 01:04PM