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During this constantly changing situation, it is important to have the latest information from credible and trustworthy sources. All resources provided here have been validated by MCW physicians, scientists and other credible partners.
Information You Can Use
From holidays and community events to travel and family gatherings, get the latest updates and health and safety considerations for COVID-19.Learn More
COVID-19 Data & Definitions
Information about COVID-19 including daily data updates can be overwhelming and confusing. MCW and industry experts break down the lingo to help you understand the meaning behind the numbers and technical terms.Learn More
Several safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are available. Learn more about the vaccination and the distribution process.Learn More
COVID-19 testing not only provides a diagnosis, it allows for earlier detection, timelier quarantine, accuracy in positive case reporting, treatments and more responsive contact tracing.Learn More
COVID-19 & the Flu
Getting the flu vaccination is more important than ever. Get answers to your COVID-19 and flu questions as well as find resources for flu clinics and preventative flu care.Learn More
Facts & Infographics
Your questions, our experts. The Facts page features infographics and videos on frequently asked questions about the pandemic and provides strategies for individuals, families and business leaders to navigate COVID-19.Learn More
Quick Glance Stats
Updated 4/26/22. Measures shown are based on publicly available data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
COVID-19 Safety Considerations for Parents with Unvaccinated Children
The lifting of mask mandates across the nation and world has raised questions about what parents of unvaccinated children should do to help keep our younger population safe. Currently, the vaccine is only available to children over the age of 12, so what should be done to keep those younger children healthy?
Ben Weston, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), advises that young children will still be at risk of COVID-19 until there is a vaccine available for their age group. Known and unknown long-term effects and complications of COVID-19 are still present, which is why it’s important for younger children to continue following safety guidelines.
“One complication of COVID infection that is specific to children is multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C,” Dr. Weston says. MIS-C is a combination of inflammation to different parts of the body that is life-threatening. “While we still don’t completely understand why children get less sick in the short term if they contract COVID, more worrisome is our lack of understanding of the long-term effects of COVID infection that may be more detrimental to their future health,” Dr. Weston explains.
As the summer weather approaches, outdoor activities, particularly with physical distancing, make COVID-19 transmission less likely due to the open-air environments. When indoors, unvaccinated children should follow CDC guidelines and continue to universally wear masks. There is a vaccine in development for young children, so these precautions won’t remain forever, but in the meantime following the typical COVID-19 protocols is the best thing for children to do now to preserve their health until the vaccine is available.
Child Safety and COVID-19 with Frank Zhu, MD
MCW assistant professor Dr. Frank Zhu shares his knowledge on keeping children safe from COVID-19.
COVID-19 Myths Busted
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives and our community, there continues to be myths perpetuated about the virus itself and distribution methods.
We are dedicated to dispelling myths and providing the truth, so each individual can feel confident in their knowledge and personal decisions.
MCW Experts Provide the Latest on COVID-19
MMAC + M7 Business Strategies During the Pandemic
Biweekly, Tim Sheehy hosts regional and statewide leaders to hear how they're adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic along with a healthcare update by Dr. John Raymond, Medical College of Wisconsin.
WTMJ Radio, Spectrum News 1 and statewide news coverage
Mark your calendars or listen live to Dr. Raymond’s COVID-19 report on WTMJ radio each Tuesday 4:20 p.m.
MCW Experts in the News
MCW experts are sharing the facts about many aspects of COVID-19 daily through multiple interviews with local and national media. Hear the latest in our recent news coverage.
Trending Topics Around COVID-19
During this constantly changing situation, it is important to have the latest information from credible and trustworthy sources. MCW physicians and scientists provide the latest considerations on topics trending now.
Do you feel sick?
If you feel sick, stay home and call your doctor. If you do not have a doctor, call 211. If you are in an emergency, call 911.
Visit the following helpful resources to learn more:
- Coronavirus Symptoms (PDF)
- Coronavirus Testing FAQ (PDF)
- COVID-19 Protection for Caregivers (PDF): English | Spanish
To check your symptoms, visit these COVID-19 self-assessment tools:
Spectrum is offering free 60 days of internet to households with K-12 or college students. Call (844) 488-8395 to enroll. Some restrictions apply.
Milwaukee Continuum of Care
Emergency shelters and permanent housing.
Comprehensive list of COVID-19 Resources: Gov. Evers FAQs, videos, fact sheets, online screening tool, financial assistance.
Milwaukee County Department on Aging
Provide info on senior dining sites as carryout meals only, Meals on Wheels service, Aging Resource Call Center, Eras Senior Network (prioritizing medical appointments and grocery trips).
Milwaukee Community Care and Mutual Aid
Organized to provide a collaborative care and information to community members who may be most affected during these uncertain times.
YMCA of Metro Milwaukee: COVID-19 Emergency Response Camp
Offering emergency childcare for health care professionals and essential emergency personnel at Rite-Hite Family YMCA, located at 9250 N. Green Bay Rd., Brown Deer and at Advocate Aurora St. Luke’s Conference Center located at 2920 W. Dakota St., Milwaukee.
Medical Transportation Management
MTM, Inc., is required by federal law to provide the least costly type of ride based on your medical transportation needs. This could include bus tickets or gas for your car.
YMCA of Metro Milwaukee: COVID-19 Response
Tips and suggestions to support the Y's efforts through philanthropy, advocacy, engagement and inclusion efforts.
COVID-19 local, state and county resources.
Sojourner Family Peace Center
COVID-19 resources for those affected by domestic abuse and offers available shelter.
Goodwill Industries of SE Wisconsin
Goodwill has organized COVID-19 essential resource links by state and county ranging from Basic Needs, Financial Resources, and Job Search Resources to Health, Well-being and Children and Family Resources.
Harvard Health: COVID-19 Health Literacy Project
Downloadable COVID-19 fact sheets that cover prevention, safety measures and specific demographic info pertaining to age groups in over 30 languages.
Milwaukee Health Department
Novel Coronavirus Resource Page
Disaster Distress Helpline
Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1 (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 for counseling and support for distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
St. Francis de Sales Seminary
For Milwaukee's homeless residents who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, the City is partnering with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to provide housing at the empty St. Francis de Sales Seminary.
If you or a member of your household has received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or is of a high risk group, visit HealthWell Foundation Covid-19 Fund for assistance with costs associated with having food or medicine deliveries, transportation, and diagnostics associated with COVID-19.
Milwaukee Health Care Partnership
The Milwaukee Health Care Partnership in collaboration with the Free and Community Clinic Collaborative (FC3), sponsored the creation of the Safety Net Clinic Referral Directory, developed by IMPACT. It is a comprehensive inventory of the free and community clinics, community health centers and other safety net providers that serve low-income, uninsured and vulnerable populations in Milwaukee County.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corp
Essential Business Declaration: To find out more about businesses that are deemed essential, you can visit the list provided by the State of Wisconsin.
Comprehensive list of County COVID-19 Resources, regularly updated and maintained by MATC.
MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary, Inc.
Offer a daytime sanctuary and multi-resource center for homeless and at risk homeless individuals.
Milwaukee Urban League
COVID-19 Resource List
Stay Home MKE
A new and evolving landing page with information for the general public about the importance of staying home, including a link to take a pledge to Stay Home and Save Lives.
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Support nonprofits serving our community on the local front of the global coronavirus pandemic by donating to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s MKE Responds to COVID-19 Fund.
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
United Way’s nonprofit partners are experiencing increased need for emergency food service, increased costs for needed medical equipment and for cleaning supplies.
City of Milwaukee Department of City Development
Compiled list of local, state and federal resources offered to businesses during COVID-19; includes a link to each Business Improvement District COVID-19 Resource Page.
Brew City Match Program
Funding to small businesses via COVID-19 Small Business Grant and Small Business Emergency Loan Fund.
Kiva has expanded its lending terms and eligibility to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic. Downtown Milwaukee businesses that are women-, minority- and/or veteran-owned are also eligible for a 50% match from WEDC to expedite their loan.
Ethnic & Diverse Business Coalition
Offering the COVID-19 Small Business Impact Grant to assist small ethnic and diverse businesses of any industry that are a business member in of one the Wisconsin Chambers of Commerce.
COVID-19 resources for entrepreneurs.
Gener8tor Emergency Response Program
Hosting emergency, one-week virtual programs for all small businesses, nonprofits, startups, freelancers and artists affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Compiled list of COVID-19 resources, updated and maintained by UEDA.
MMAC's COVID-19 Guidance & Resources for Businesses.
Resource Page includes Small Business 20/20 program, SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance, Strategies for Small Businesses to Navigate COVID-19 Challenges.
U.S. Travel Association
COVID-19 CARES Act Relief Resources.
Keeping America Working Employment Campaign: People can text Manpower or Talent to 44844 and then are directed to a landing site to fill out an online application for available job opportunities.
Restaurant Workers of Madison and Milwaukee Fund
To support service industry workers who are currently unemployed, they have created a fund to support the sector employees.
MKE Artist Relief Fund
To help support our city's artists and creators, they are raising money for a MKE Artist Relief Fund that will benefit Milwaukee-based artists who have experienced a financial loss due to a cancelled live event, performance, or engagement.
Community Benefit Financial Company
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) has established a $50 million emergency fund through its Community Benefit Financial Company (CBFC) subsidiary to provide financial support to Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Montana nonprofits and other community organizations impacted by and responding to the pandemic.
Boys & Girls Clubs of WI COVID-19 Relief Fund
To help the Wisconsin clubs with the purchasing of food, acquiring supplies, paying staff, and addressing needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Milwaukee Economic Development Corp
A private non-profit corporation that serves Milwaukee businesses by providing low interest loans and other resources.
Scholastic Learn at Home
Online lessons plans for PreK-12.
Amazing Educational Resources
Comprehensive list of ED companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
Comprehensive list of free online courses at Ivy League Colleges.
MPS Online Learning
Online instructional materials and learning activities.
PBS Kids Daily
Newsletter offers activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home.
Suggestions and tips offered to parents with children dealing with COVID-19.
EAB is working with partner universities and community colleges to plan for, respond to, and communicate with stakeholders about the 2019 coronavirus outbreak.
Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corp
WWBIC has transitioned all in-person classes to online through April, which includes business and financial educational programming on-line and on-demand.
Curated calendar of virtual entertainment activities and live streams from various downtown businesses.
88Nine Radio Milwaukee
A weekday schedule of 88Nine's virtual events, talk shows and open forum discussions with listeners.
Milwaukee 414 Day
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Milwaukee Day will be virtual this 4/14. Provides a list of businesses, non-profits, venues, restaurants, cafes, bars, cultural institutions, or someone raising money for those hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
JSOnline’s parent company USA Today is offering a place for small businesses (not just restaurants) to sell gift cards. There's a list of over 100 business from the Milwaukee area and nearby cities.
National Restaurant Association
Restaurant Employee Relief Fund created to help restaurant industry employees experiencing extraordinary hardship in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Grants will be made to restaurant industry employees who have been impacted by COVID-19, including a decrease in wages or loss of employment.
Southern Smoke Emergency Relief Program
Emergency Relief Program provides emergency funding to those employed by or own restaurants or bars or are employed by a restaurant or bar supplier that are faced unforeseen expenses that cannot or will not be covered by insurance.
CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees)
CORE is a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to granting support to food & beverage service employees with children, who are experiencing circumstances such as a major medical diagnosis of a parent or child, death of a parent or child, or loss of home due to a natural disaster.
MKE Strong Mobile App
Mobile App to download on your phone to support local restaurants, retailers and artists. Businesses are able to upload their information for free.
USBG National Charity Foundation
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Hunger Task Force
Milwaukee County Emergency Food Distribution Map includes locations for the following sites: food pantries, senior stock box, MPS, Non-MPS Districts, Milw Center for Independence, Boys & Girls Clubs.
Grab & Go Free Meals offered at 20 MPS sites 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
Food Pantry listings throughout Wisconsin counties.
Fondy's Food Market
List of vendors with pre-order food pickup options.
Wisconsin Restaurant Association
Gathering information from restaurants statewide to share with the public including restaurants who provide delivery, curbside or to-go service in the next few weeks in response to the limitations and suggestions that are in place as a result of the Coronavirus.
Committed to providing free community meals to those in need each day; no questions asked.
Friedens Community Ministries
Has four operating food pantry locations across the city and are available to help those in need or you can support their work.
Bay View Community Center
Offer Family Snack Pack Pickup to southside residents (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); includes non-perishables and Emergency Food Pantry (Tuesday, 4-6 p.m.), Wednesday and Friday (2:30-5:15 p.m.)
Riverwest Food Pantry
Providing food during normal hours as a "pick-up service" of pre-bagged food; all food pickup will take place at St. Casimir location.
Bagged to-go breakfasts are distributed from 8:30-9:30 a.m., and Saturday bagged to-go lunches are distributed from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Food is Free MKE
A resident-led, neighborhood-driven community food sharing site open 24/7 and located at an alley parking slab at 56th Street & Townsend Street in the Sherman Park neighborhood.
City of Milwaukee Health Department
Updated information on COVID-19 in the city of Milwaukee.
City of Wauwatosa
Updated information on COVID-19 in the city of Wauwatosa.
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Advice and resources for people suffering from social isolation and 24-hour crisis hotline available to speak with clinicians at (414) 257-7222.
Milwaukee County COVID-19 Dashboard
Use this interactive web-based map to track cases of the virus in Milwaukee County.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Updated information on COVID-19 in the state of Wisconsin.
If your child has symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or other COVID-19 concerns, please call your child's doctor or visit Children's Online Urgent Care.
If you think you've been exposed to COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms or need to learn more about testing, call our hotline at (414) 805-2000.
Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries COVID-19 Guide
This guide provides resources about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Many of the resources included in this guide are updated continuously.
Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
SCHC's COVID-19 Community Toolkit to be shared by south side organizations to inform residents living in zip codes 53204 & 53215.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
COVID-19 Public Health Response for protecting veterans.
Wisconsin Health Connect: COVID-19 Coronavirus Screening
Complete a fast, easy and confidential self-assessment for COVID-19.
WPHCA Health Center COVID-19 Testing Toolkit
Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA) is the association for the 17 Federally Qualified Health Centers (Community Health Centers) in Wisconsin.
Human Diagnosis Project's Coronavirus Self-Assessment Tool
This tool will help you decide when to visit a healthcare center, whether to distance yourself or If you should get tested.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
As the nation's health protection agency, the CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety and security threats.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Symptoms of Coronavirus
Understand the wide range of COVID-19 symptoms.
Human Diagnosis Project
Use this tool to determine when to visit a healthcare center, whether to distance yourself, and if you should get tested.
Johns Hopkins Medicine - What is Coronavirus
Information about Coronavirus, Social and Physical Distancing and Self-Quarantine.
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Interactive World Map
Use this interactive web-based map to track cases of the virus around the world.
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 U.S. Map
Use this interactive web-based map to track cases of the virus around the United States.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Coronavirus Resources
Learn more about what the FCC is doing to keep Americans connected during the coronavirus pandemic.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health.
Near West Side Partners
COVID-19 resources for businesses and residents, includes NWSP's Live, Work, Play Program rental assistance up to $500 to support employees of Near West Side businesses who live in one of the seven Near West Side neighborhoods and are affected by closings and layoffs. Email Lindsey St Arnold Bell for more information at email@example.com.
Lindsay Heights Milwaukee COVID-19 Resource Group (managed by Walnut Way Conservation Corp)
Real-time updates and resources for Lindsay Heights residents.