Coronavirus Disease 2019
For additional data, please visit: https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/COVID-19 and https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/cases.htm
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.
How is COVID-19 Spread?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported but are rare.
How Do I Protect Myself?
Important Ways to Slow the Spread
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
Visit the How to Protect Yourself & Others page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.
How Do I Treat COVID-19?
The Center for Disease Control, ( CDC) has information about managing COVID-19 patients, treatment, and guidance by patient type. Please go to: Clinical Care Information for COVID-19 | CDC
The Greendale Health Department recommends that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are concerned about any of the symptoms you are experiencing, that you call your medical provider and discuss any treatment. Your medical provider is the expert in personalizing care specific for you and is most familiar with you and your health history.
You should seek emergency care if you experience any of the following emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
What if I Test Positive For Covid -19?
Isolation and Quarantine Updates
When you receive a positive Covid-19 test you should isolate and self monitor for 10 days. Day 0 of the your isolation is the day your symptoms started, or 10 days after the test if you do not have symptoms. For more detailed information go to: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/diagnosed.htm
While a 14-day quarantine is still the safest option, this new guidance takes into account emerging scientific evidence on quarantine periods, and recognizes the difficulty many Wisconsinites may have complying with the full 14-day quarantine.
DHS now allows that people who do not develop symptoms can end their quarantine:
- After completing day 10 of quarantine without testing.
- After completing day 7 of quarantine and receiving a negative test result (molecular or antigen) that was collected within 48 hours of the end of quarantine.
People must continue to monitor for symptoms for the full 14 days. If symptoms develop following the end of quarantine, people are advised to immediately isolate, contact their health care provider, and get tested.
To view information from Wisconsin Department of Health Services- click here
To view Greendale Health Department's tip sheet- click here
Where Can I Get Vaccinated For Covid-19?
See the first page of the Greendale Health Department web page: Welcome to Village of Greendale, WI
As of June 3, cases of COVID are down 94% in the United States. Click on the link below for the PBS NEWS HOUR article.
Covid Cases have plummeted as more people get vaccinated.
Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination
The news and social media has reported cases of myocarditis and pericarditis following the mRNA Covid- 19 Vaccine. Since April 2021 there have been increased reports in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System of inflammation of the heart called myocarditis or pericarditis. The reports are rare in comparison to the number of vaccines administered. If you have any concerns, contact your primary care provider. The CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccine for everyone age 12 years and older. For more information go to: Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC
Our COVID-19 Response:
The Greendale Health Department has been working hard since the start of the pandemic to protect those who live, work, and spend time in our community. Our actions include:
- Hosted the first mobile vaccination team in Wisconsin to assist in vaccinating healthcare providers
- Continue to provide community vaccination clinics to over 3,500 individuals between January 27 and March 29, 2021.
- Organized a Wisconsin National Guard-supported COVID-19 testing site
- Reached out to interview and conduct contact tracing with over 1,000 residents who tested positive for COVID-19 (ongoing)
- Designed and distributed coasters and fliers with messages encouraging masking, distancing, and hand washing to local businesses and schools
- Worked with local schools and businesses to protect students and employees
- Kept the community informed about the pandemic through weekly statistics
- Handled calls and offered guidance to many concerned citizens