Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to providing reliable and helpful information to individuals and families during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. For information and questions about symptoms, physical distancing, and talking to a healthcare provider, please visit UW Health’s COVID-19 Resource page. 

COVID-19 is a constantly changing situation. Please continue to check this website for updates and resources. You may also call the UW Health COVID-19 informational hotline at (608) 720-5300.

What is Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)?

UW Health and the University of Wisconsin are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that continues to expand. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends the following preventative measures:

Avoid close contact with others and practice physical distancing

• Stay at home as much as possible. Cancel events and avoid groups, gatherings, play dates, and nonessential appointments.
• Avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
• Stay at least 6 feet away from other people, when possible.
• If possible, wear a cloth face covering in situations when physical distancing is difficult.
• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

Practice good hand hygiene

• Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth when in public.

Enjoy summer safely

• Explore the outdoors, but keep it local.
• When you're enjoying time outside, the safest option is to spend time with the people you live with.
• If you are gathering with other people, limit the number to under 10 and practice physical distancing.
• Avoid sharing food.
• Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching shared surfaces.

Additional information for patients and families can be found below:

Wisconsin Community Testing

Do you have symptoms of COVID-19? Have you been exposed? You may be able to get tested.

Members of the public who think they may have been exposed to coronavirus in the past can seek antibody testing through these health providers:

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Information from UW Health

COVID-19 hotline: 608-720-5300

Call first! If you have symptoms, please call or send a MyChart message to your physician and wait for a response. Do not go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room. Read more...

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