At this time, West Allis Health Department confirms 16 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in West Allis. As cases are expected to continue to climb in West Allis and Milwaukee County, here’s what you can do to help:
Follow Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home Order.
Limit unnecessary outings and maintain social distancing when you do go out. Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and water throughout the day. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
“Social distancing” also applies to children. Do not allow playdates or sleepovers during this time. Children may play outside but should maintain a distance of at least six feet while playing. A reminder that playgrounds, Joyce Radtke Skate Park, and West Allis Dog Park are closed. Open areas in parks are open, and residents are encouraged to get outdoor exercise during this time, provided that gatherings are avoided and social distancing maintained.
Voting absentee by mail is the safest way to vote in the April 7 Election. Request your ballot by April 2 at www.myvote.wi.gov.
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.
American Red Cross
Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin
Donate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
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.
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. Additionally, many grocery stores, including Aldi, Target, and Wal-Mart, are offering the earliest hours of select days exclusively to seniors and the disabled so that these individuals may shop safely. Check with local retailers and share this information with older adults or high-risk individuals who may benefit from this service.
Support Local Businesses
Many businesses remain open and restaurants/bars can continue to offer carry-out, delivery, and curbside pick-up services. Contact your favorite local business to find out what specials or modified services they are offering during this time. Consider purchasing pre-paid gift cards to use at your favorite establishments when Safer at Home restrictions are lifted.