Since the respiratory virus called Coronavirus Disease 2019, now known as COVID-19, was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019, many individuals don’t know where to look for FACTUAL information. Below you will find credible hyperlinks to some of the most trustworthy and research-based data available to the public. You may wish to come back to this page routinely as data about COVID-19 changes daily. The City of Jefferson is monitoring the situation in Wisconsin, Jefferson County and most importantly in the City of Jefferson. As needs arise, you may see slight operational changes at City facilities that we may deem are in the overall best interest of all residents.
Currently, the immediate health risks from COVID-19 to JeffersonCounty residents is low. However, if and when an elevated response is required, the City will respond. You can help with prevention by covering your cough, staying home when you are sick and practicing good hand-washing. Please take a moment to review the CDC’s information on preventing spread in communities.
Things you should know about Coronavirus
What is COVID-19 ?
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus strain that began to spread in people in December 2019.
- COVID-19 is a new (novel) respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
- COVID-19 is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
- Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV.”
How is COVID-19 spread ?
COVID-19 is typically spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes because the virus is found in droplets from the throat and nose. This is similar to how influenza is spread. When someone coughs or sneezes, other people near them can breathe in those droplets. The virus can also spread when an infected person touches an object (such as a common surface) followed by another person touching it then their mouth, face, or eyes.
Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity.
People of Asian descent, including Chinese Americans, are not more likely to get COVID-19 than any other American. Help stop fear by letting people know that being of Asian descent does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.
The risk of getting COVID-19 in the County of Jefferson is currently low.
People who have traveled to places where many people have gotten sick with COVID-19 may be monitored by health officials to protect their health and the health of other people in the community. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions may be at increased risk for severe disease.
Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease situation summary page.
You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by knowing the signs & symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
Seek medical advice if you feel sick and, within the past 14 days, have traveled to any of the international areas with sustained (ongoing) transmission as listed below. Warning Level 3 = Avoid all non-essential travel. Alert level 2 = Practice enhanced precautions.
- China (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
- Iran (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
- Italy (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
- Japan (Level 2 Travel Health Notice)
- South Korea (Level 3 Travel Health Notice)
Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office, urgent care, or emergency room. Inform them of your recent travel and your symptoms.
You can do simple things to help keep yourself and others healthy.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Practice good hand-washing hygiene.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Because influenza activity is still high, the CDC recommends you get a flu shot, if you haven’t yet, to protect yourself and those around you from getting the flu.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. Check out the following links to get the latest information on what’s occurring globally, nationally, and in Wisconsin:
(Content Courtesy of Waukesha and Jefferson County Public Health Departments)