Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. It was first detected in China in late 2019. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has since occurred in several countries, including the United States. Currently there are one thousand, three hundred and fifty-one confirmed cases in Wisconsin.

A message from our CEO

Community Message from Governer Evers 03/20/20 (PDF File)


For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we are currently limiting visitors to the following:

  • End-of-life situations
  • Power of Attorney for Healthcare for the patient (case-by-case basis)
  • Support for the emotional well-being of the patient on a case-by-case basis
  • Pediatric patients—parent or guardians
  • Labor and childbirth—1 support person
  • Emergency Department on a case-by-case basis
  • Outpatient visits are patient-only

Hearts for Healthcare Workers

Let’s show support for everyone putting themselves in front of this situation. Cut a pink heart out of paper and place it prominently on your front door or mailbox so that healthcare workers can see your support when they drive by. This is a great project to do with the kids while you are staying home and staying safe.

What are the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Not everyone experiences symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19). However, common symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

Call your healthcare provider or HFM’s Infectious Disease Hotline if you develop these symptoms within 2-14 days of travelling to an area with widespread Coronavirus (COVID-19) or if you have been in close contact with someone who has it or has travelled to an impacted area.

Please call before you go to a clinic for treatment!

Infectious Disease Hotline

How Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spreads

Like influenza, Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread to others when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can also spread when someone touches an object with the virus on it and then touches their eyes, nose or mouth.

People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.

Should Manitowoc County residents be worried?

  • As of March 31, the WI Department of Health Services said 17,375 people have been tested negative in Wisconsin for COVID-19, with 1,351 positive cases, and 16 deaths
  • Risk for WI residents remains low

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention Tips

You can prevent Coronavirus is much the same way you prevent colds and influenza:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet when speaking with someone who is showing symptoms.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the time it takes you to sing Happy Birthday twice).
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs. Directions for cleaning frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, light switches and more can be found on the CDC website.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • The CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Treatment

At this time, there is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water often to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

Self-Isolation Flyer (PDF File)

Learn More About Coronavirus

Printable PDF flyer for employers: FLR_Coronavirus Info_Employers_031620-2
The CDC has the latest information on confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, risk assessments and more.

Visit the CDC Website