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 nineteen thousand, four hundred confirmed cases in Wisconsin.


A message from our CEO

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

Visitor Restrictions

For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we are currently limiting visitors to 1 person in each of the following situations::

  • Support for patients having procedures requiring sedation
  • Surgical patients
  • 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 unless a support person is required

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.

Thank you, WI Healthcare Heroes

Please Donate Fabric Face Masks

We are now accepting donations of fabric face masks. For anyone interested in donating fabric face masks to HFM, please contact marketing@hfmhealth.org. Individuals can refer to the following sites for approved patterns and instructions:
Joann Fabrics
3 Ways to Make a DIY Surgical Face Mask
Make a Medical Mask with Ties
How to make a face mask?
Donations can be dropped off at the HFM Medical Center, 2300 Western Avenue, Manitowoc. After masks are completed, place them in a plastic bag and bring them to the HFM Medical Center’s main entrance, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The masks will be sanitized through the hospital’s laundry service before use.

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
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

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
920-320-3333

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 June 3, the WI Department of Health Services said 279,711 people have been tested negative in Wisconsin for COVID-19, with 19,400 positive cases, and 616 deaths

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.
  • Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, the CDC now recommends wearing a cloth facemask to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness.

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)

Meditation Videos

Click to go to the page. From Catholic Health Association. Used with permission.

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