About COVID-19

There is a new type of coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It has spread to other countries, and the first case was confirmed in the US on January 21, 2020. The World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. Governor Evers declared this a Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin on March 12, 2020.

Coronavirus and Stigma

Exposure guidelines

COVID-19 spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets and aerosols. If you've been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you could be at risk for infection. Examples of how someone becomes a "close contact" are:

  • You were within 6 feet with someone COVID-19 positive for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period
  • You had direct exposure to respiratory secretions (coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass, utensils, towels, or other personal items)
  • You had direct contact with someone with COVID-19 (hug, kiss, handshake, etc.)
  • You cared for someone who has COVID-19
  • You lived or live with someone who has COVID-19