Coronavirus Disease 2019
This past week, we have had 43 new COVID-19 cases. The age range is 4 to 88 years old, with an average age of 34 years old.
Questions may be directed to the Greendale Health Department at 414-423-2110.
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day.
Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.
How is COVID-19 Spread?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported but are rare.
How Do I Protect Myself?
Important Ways to Slow the Spread
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
Visit the How to Protect Yourself & Others page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.
What if I Test Positive For Covid -19?
When you receive a positive Covid-19 test you should isolate at home away from others and self monitor for 10 days.
**Day 0 of the your isolation is the day your symptoms started, or the day the test was done, if you do not have symptoms.
For more detailed information go to: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/diagnosed.htm
What if I Was Exposed to COVID-19?
While a 14-day quarantine is still the safest option, current guidance takes into account emerging scientific evidence on quarantine periods, and recognizes the difficulty many Wisconsinites may have complying with the full 14-day quarantine.
RELEASE FROM QUARANTINE AFTER CLOSE CONTACT TO COVID-19
Those that have not received a COVID-19 vaccine or those that had their last dose less than 2 weeks ago AND remain symptom free, may be out of home quarantine after:
- completing 14 days of monitoring for symptoms at home
- completing 10 days of monitoring for symptoms at home + continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14.
- completing 7 days of monitoring for symptoms at home ONLY if a negative test result (molecular or antigen) that was collected/tested on day 5 through 7 + continue to monitor for symptoms through day 14.
If symptoms develop, you are advised to immediately isolate, contact your health care provider, and get tested.
Those that are considered fully vaccinated (2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, 1 dose of J&J) and it has been more than 2 weeks since last dose AND remain symptom free, do not need to complete a home quarantine.
It is recommended to:
- get tested for COVID-19 on day 3, 4 or 5 after close contact with COVID-19 (8/4/21)
To view the guidelines on how long you should quarantine in a visual format, check out this infographic from the WI DHS (9/9/21)
How Do I Treat COVID-19?
The Center for Disease Control, ( CDC) has information about managing COVID-19 patients, treatment, and guidance by patient type. Please go to: Clinical Care Information for COVID-19 | CDC
The Greendale Health Department recommends that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are concerned about any of the symptoms you are experiencing, that you call your medical provider and discuss any treatment. Your medical provider is the expert in personalizing care specific for you and is most familiar with you and your health history.
You should seek emergency care if you experience any of the following emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone
*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated Against Covid-19?
See the first page of the Greendale Health Department web page: Welcome to Village of Greendale, WI