Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in West Allis
WHAT IS COVID-19?Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses common throughout the world, some causing illness in people and others among animals. COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that can cause mild to severe illness.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus was first identified during an outbreak in China and has since spread to many other countries, including the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are actively responding to both the national and global outbreak.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is carefully monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and the United States.
The West Allis Health department works closely with DHS to monitor the outbreak and is prepared to respond as needed. We are ready to implement public health recommendations in cooperation with local medical providers, schools and other community partners.
Is the coronavirus in west allis?
Yes, West Allis is experiencing community spread of the virus. View the Latest News tab on this page for the most recent reports of cases in West Allis.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Difficulty Breathing
- Shortness of Breath
What do I do if I have these symptoms?
Stay at home and call your healthcare provider if you feel sick with a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Calling ahead allows healthcare facilities to prepare ahead for effectively helping you while protecting others from COVID-19.
Your healthcare provider will work with public health and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. We do not provide testing for COVID-19 at West Allis Health Department. Contact your healthcare provider to discuss your risk level and they will determine if testing is appropriate.
- Safer At Home: Governor Tony Evers has ordered Wisconsin residents to remain "Safer at Home" from March 24 - April 24 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Limit unnecessary outings during this time. Learn more here.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes nose and mouth
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, sleeve or your arm
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick