Greendale COVID-19

COVID-19



 Current COVID Response & County Status
Greendale Health Department continues to monitor the spread and impact of COVID-19 in Milwaukee County, using the CDC Community Levels as a measure to help us understand the current risk 
COVID-19 poses to our community, and determine the prevention steps we recommend people
take to protect their own health and the health of others. 
  • CDC community levels are used nationwide to measure the impact of COVID-19 illness on the health of individuals and health care systems in communities.
  • Counties are assigned a COVID-19 Community Level of “low,” “medium,” or “high.”
  • Each county’s COVID-19 Community Level is calculated using three key metrics:
    1. New COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days.
    2. The average percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in the past 7 days.
    3. The number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days.
                                                        Current Milwaukee County Community Level 6/24/2022

                                                       Medium Community Level Image
                                                                                            Updated Weekly

  • COVID-19 Community Level - Medium
    Recommended actions based on current level: Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19. Wear a mask on public transportation. You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others. If you are at high risk for severe illness, consider wearing a mask indoors in public and taking additional precautions.
  • Weekly Metrics Used to Determine the COVID-19 Community Level:
1. Case Rate per 100,000 population: 192.34
2. New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population: 10.4%
3. Staffed inpatient beds in use by patients with confirmed COVID-19: 3.6%
  • Fortunately, our vaccination rates in Greendale are high and we have many resources like pharmacies and health care facilities near by should we need them. #healthiestandhappiestGreendale

To view COVID-19 community levels by county, visit: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view?list_select_state=all_states&list_select_county=all_counties

COVID Status
6.16 COVID data
                                                                                         Updated Every 2 Weeks

  • Masking: If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions (e.g., testing).
  • Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing).
  • If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease or live with someone who is immunocompromised or at high risk for severe disease, it is encouraged to talk with a health care provider about COVID-19 prevention strategies.
  • This recommendation does not apply to health care settings.
  • COVID-19 Community Levels
The Greendale Health Department will provide local COVID-19 data every two weeks on Friday.  For additional COVID-19 statistics and data, visit: https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/COVID-19 and https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/cases.htm 

Curious what the current hospital status is in the state of Wisconsin? View the Wisconsin Hospital Association Dashboard for more information https://www.wha.org/Covid-19Update

For Childrens Wisconsin's Weekly Child COVID-19 Status Update- visit this site: https://childrenswi.org/newshub/stories/childrens-wisconsin-hospital-census-report

All other questions may be directed to the Greendale Health Department at 414-423-2110.


COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance (2/11/22)
Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee are collaborating on a wastewater surveillance project to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

Wastewater monitoring can:

- serve as an early warning for increasing cases of COVID-19
- provide information to help communities add or remove layers of their mitigation strategy
- help communities see how well their strategy is working 

Wastewater samples are analyzed to determine the amount of the virus that is present.  Wastewater samples can not be identified by person or location as it is an overall measure of the presence of COVID-19 at sewersheds.  Milwaukee County has two: Jones Island and South Shore.

Wastewater samples show trends.   There are still things they are learning about this process and there may be limitations, but this is another tool we can use to help determine our risk level.
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Some individuals have the option to receive a second booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna, four months after their first booster dose . This includes people who are:
  • 50 years or older
  • 18 years or older and received both a first dose and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson
  • 12 years or older and moderately to severely immunocompromised (for example, due to cancer treatment, HIV infection, organ transplant, or a medical condition like DiGeorge syndrome)
For more information visit: COVID-19: Booster and Additional Doses | Wisconsin Department of Health Services
(3/29/22)

Preventative Actions
Signs and Symptoms
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, stay home until you receive test results. If you are at high-risk for serious COVID-19 infection and complications, please contact your healthcare provider. If you test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please follow quarantine and isolation guidelines. 

Where should I go for testing?
Healthy MKE is a website for Milwaukee County about COVID-19 testing, and vaccinations.  There is a tool to help you find a testing location that meets your needs.

The following locations are also within a 5 mile radius of Greendale:

Summit Clinic Labs- Milwaukee South
7358 W Rawson Avenue
PCR testing for all ages
No appointments required

Zia COVID Testing
2741 W. Layton Avenue
PCR testing
Appointment required, schedule online or call 414-839-5795

Hayat Pharmacy- Layton Ave
805 W. Layton Ave 
Rapid antigen, regular PCR, and same day PCR
Appointment required,  call 414-483-0000


Self-Testing for COVID-19?

Find out more about taking self or at-home tests for COVID-19 here

Order free COVID-19 home test kits
To ensure equity and access for all Americans, the Administration will also launch a call line to help those unable to access the website to place orders, and work with national and local community-based organizations to support the nation’s hardest-hit and highest-risk communities in requesting tests.
If you do not have access to a computer you can call to order your test kits:
1-800-232-0233 or TTY 1-888-720-7489 

Protect yourself from fraudulent testing providers
You can protect yourself from potential fraudulent testing providers by following these guidelines:

  • Do not pay with cash. Most insurance will cover the cost of COVID-19 testing. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) also cover COVID-19 testing. Ask the provider if they accept health insurance.
  • Do not provide your personal information. Providers that ask for your Social Security number, passport, driver’s license, or other personal information may be involved in identity theft scams. However, providers may ask for your ID to verify your information if they are intending to bill insurance.
  • Ask when and how you will get your results. Testing providers should tell you when you will receive results, or at least provide a range, such as 2-3 days. They should also explain how you will receive results, such as by email, mail, or phone.
  • Ask about certification. The federal government assigns a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) number to approved COVID-19 testing facilities that perform rapid onsite testing. You can learn in advance whether a testing lab has a CLIA number by typing in the lab name. The lab name will pop up if they’ve been assigned a CLIA number.
  • Confirm that results will be reported. Find out if the testing provider reports COVID-19 test results to state and federal agencies, which they are required to do.
  • Buy FDA-authorized COVID-19 tests. Only purchase testing kits from reputable companies and be on the lookout for copycat company names with suspicious websites or spelling errors.

COVID-19 Testing Complaint Process for the Public

DHS wants people to be aware of how to share their concerns or file complaints about their experiences with COVID-19 testing providers.

People should direct complaints about a COVID-19 testing experience to the DHS Office of Inspector General at 877-865-3432 or online. Examples of complaints could include: incorrect results, missing results, fake results, testing quality, testing site cleanliness, insurance billing, inappropriate fees for tests, testing fraud such as fake test kits, and other related topics.

If you have questions about the complaint process, please email: DHSOIGAdmin@dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Vaccinations for Homebound Individuals
Are you not able to get to a COVID-19 vaccine clinic? You can get vaccinated at home.

If you or someone you know has difficulty leaving home, has mobility concerns, or can travel but requires additional assistance in accessing a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, please contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) or your local health department, or call 211 for information and assistance getting a COVID-19 vaccine at home or elsewhere.

 


COVID-19 Treatment Treatments as of 6/24/22

People can now access antiviral pills for COVID-19 treatment 

  • The FDA has authorized two antiviral pills for emergency use:
  1. Pfizer’s Paxlovid
  2. Merck’s molnupiravir. 
  • Use this flow chart to determine which COVID-19 treatment might be appropriate for different people. 
  • These antiviral pills lower the chance of severe symptoms by preventing the virus from replicating properly while reducing viral load, but they need to be taken within 5 days of the onset of symptoms. 
  • The easiest way to access free treatment is by getting tested at a test-to-treat location if you think you may have COVID-19. Use this locator to find a site. 
  • You can also use this map to locate sites nationwide that have received

COVID-19 therapeutics

 There is also a new preventative treatment for the immunocompromised 

  • The FDA-authorized:
  1. Evusheld is a 2 shot preventative monoclonal antibody therapy against COVID-19
  • Evusheld can prevent the disease in people who either cannot produce antibodies after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine or cannot get vaccinated at all. 
  • People who are eligible and would like to take Evusheld should talk to their health care provider and check out this map of locations where the injection is available. 

COVID-19 Treatments and Medications | CDC

Know Your Treatment Options for COVID-19 | FDA

New COVID-19 treatments and oral antivirals can reduce complications from COVID-19 but you should still continue to take steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 to avoid needing treatment. To learn more, talk to your health care provider or visit DHS COVID-19 treatments.
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.

Post COVID Conditions

Post-COVID Conditions are physical and mental health problems that can be ongoing or develop four or more weeks after having COVID-19. Post-COVID conditions can affect many parts of the body.

Long COVID is one type of post-COVID condition. Long COVID is sometimes called PASC (post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection) or long-term COVID-19. Some people with long COVID call themselves "long-haulers." People with long COVID experience new, returning, or ongoing symptoms long after they had COVID-19.

Is there a treatment for long COVID?

There is currently no proven treatment for long COVID. Health care providers can provide care to reduce symptoms of long COVID.

Available resources and support

If you are experiencing symptoms of long COVID, support is available. You can get medical care at Post-COVID Care Clinics throughout Wisconsin. You can also talk with your doctor or a health care provider about your long COVID symptoms. Social support is available too. Visit WI DHS Post-COVID Conditions webpage for more information and resources.

If you do not have health insurance; or need help finding a doctor or mental health support, call or text 211 Wisconsin.