COVID-19 Information

For resources, information and the latest news related to COVID-19, please visit the Wisconsin COVID-19 Information Page. 

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.To learn more about the disease, symptoms and ways to avoid illness please visit the Department of Health Services COVID-19 page

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.2

The CDC recommends these practices to best avoid being exposed to the virus:

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

On March 11th, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. On March 12th Governor Tony Evers signed Executive Order #72, declaring a public health emergency in Wisconsin. Since declaring a public health emergency, Governor Evers has issued emergency orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 and respond to repercussions from the public health crisis. On March 24th, Governor Evers issued the “Safer at Home” order, directing Wisconsinites to stay at home as much as possible, in order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Evers' administration is taking COVID-19 very seriously. Governor Evers and Wisconsin state agencies are working with public health experts, business leaders and officials on the local and federal levels to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide resources to affected communities. 

Governor Evers' administration is taking COVID-19 very seriously. Governor Evers and Wisconsin state agencies are working with public health experts, business leaders and officials on the local and federal levels to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and provide resources to affected communities. 

Check out these helpful guides to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

DHS Guide on Social distancing

DHS “Don’t Let Grandparents Babysit” Video

DHS “Protecting Kids” Video

COVID-19 Facts – Protect your family

Understanding the “Safer at Home” Order

Remember to visit the Wisconsin COVID-19 Information Page to find more information about the public health emergency and resources from state agencies to help you and your family. You will find information on early voting, unemployment insurance, childcare availability, small business assistance, updates on Wisconsin correctional institutions, school closures and more.

As always, if you have any questions please send an e-mail to Sen.Smith@legis.wi.gov.

Sources:

1 WI COVID-19 Information Page

CDC "How to Protect Yourself"