What You Can Do
- Stay home. Limit outings to essential activities only.
- 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
Contact your healthcare provider if you are feeling ill. If you do not have a primary care physician, Aurora Advocate Health Care has also set up a coronavirus hotline at 866-443-2584 that will assist you.
only use 911 for emergencies
First responders throughout Milwaukee County would like to remind everyone that calling 9-1-1 for assistance should be reserved for life-threatening emergencies only. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 for “flu-like” symptoms. Calling 9-1-1 for non-emergencies will put an unnecessary burden on an already-strained Emergency Medical System. If you have a true medical emergency, calling 9-1-1 is the right thing to do. If you have “flu-like” symptoms, please call your health care provider to discuss treatment options over the phone or utilize a TeleHealth option. Health care providers will give you recommendations for treating your symptoms without unnecessarily tying up an ambulance and overcrowding the emergency department and hospital. Please call 2-1-1 with additional questions you may have.
support local businesses - safely
With all bars closed, restaurants restricted to carry-out or delivery service, and companies and non-profits being challenged during this time, please consider supporting your favorite organizations safely from home. Now is a great time to order products online or purchase pre-paid gift cards that can be redeemed when restrictions are lifted.
donate ppe/medical supplies
State Fair Park Collection
Donate personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies for health care providers treating patients infected with the novel coronavirus at Wisconsin State Fair Park Expo Center. The Expo Center will be open seven days a week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Donations can be made in the parking lot at the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center, 640 S. 84th Street. Drop-offs will be accepted at Gate 5 located off of 84th Street
Donate any of the following new or unused supplies: N95 masks, dust masks, or paper surgical masks, safety glasses, protective gowns or suits, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and sprays, and disposable medical gloves.
Milwaukee county first responders collection
Milwaukee County fire departments, police departments, and EMS are also in great need of PPE equipment. The situation is dire. At the current rate of usage, these professionals will be out of basic supplies in just over two weeks. Donate any of the following:
• N95 respirator masks
• Simple surgical/dust masks
• Hand sanitizer (unopened)
• Medical exam gloves
• Plastic coveralls
• Eye protection
If you or a local business owner you know have supplies to spare, please email PPE@MilwaukeeCountyWI.gov to arrange pick-up or delivery. Supplies can be expired – that’s how desperate the need is. Unfortunately, homemade cloth masks are not accepted. While the offer for homemade products is appreciated, the risk of cross-contamination and the inability to test effectiveness is too high a risk. Thank you for helping to keep our public safety and health professionals safe.
The American Red Cross and Versiti Blood Centers of Wisconsin are both in dire need of blood donations. If you are healthy, consider donating blood. Contact these organizations directly for more information.
support local food pantries
Times of crisis are especially challenging for those facing food insecurity. A Little Free Food Pantry is available to anyone to visit, either to donate food or to take food, outside of Shared Journeys Charter School at Apostle Presbyterian Church, 1509 S. 76th St.
To find a food pantry near you, call 2-1-1 for information.
For those in need, Hunger Task Force is frequently updating a map of emergency food distribution centers throughout the Milwaukee metro area. Visit Hunger Task Force’s website for more information.
check on the elderly, neighbors, and loved ones
This is a very difficult time, and social isolation can cause additional stress for those who are already vulnerable. Call loved ones and friends with more frequency. Leverage social media to connect with friends and family. Check on neighbors, but maintain social distancing and stay at least six feet apart during conversations. Assist those who may struggle with technology so that they can use it confidently during this time to stay connected and access information and services. If you are not in a high-risk group for complications from the virus, consider offering to go grocery shopping or run other local errands for those who are at greater risk.