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Q: What is COVID-19?
A: COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus. Scientists are working to better understand this new virus but what is known is that it is highly contagious and most often negatively impacts people over the age of 60, people with ongoing medical conditions and people whose immune systems are compromised.
Q: Has anyone gotten COVD-19 in Rock County?
A: For the most up to date count of confirmed cases, visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm.
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: Fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Q: How do I get tested?
A: Health officials are testing patients with symptoms who have been in contact with confirmed case or traveled to places with confirmed cases of community spread. Health officials urge anyone with symptoms to call their health care provider before going to a health care facility or use virtual visit options. Below are phone numbers for local health care systems.
- Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville: 608-756-6000.
- Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center Emergency North: 608-314-3605.
- Mercyhealth East: 608-756-7100.
- Mercyhealth Mall Clinic: 608-741-2430.
- Virtual Visit Now 24/7 Online Urgent Care: mercyhealthsystem.org
- St. Mary's Hospital-Janesville: 608-373-8000.
- Dean Medical Group clinic: 608-371-8000.
- Dean On Call 24-hour medical hotline: 800-576-8773.
- Virtual visits: ssmhealth.com
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Q: When should I self-quarantine?
A: Health officials across the country recommend everyone limit time spent in public or with other people. Anyone who is sick, exhibited symptoms, recently traveled or has been in contact with a confirmed case should self-quarantine for at least two weeks.
Q: Why aren’t we closing down bars and restaurants?
A: Gov. Tony Evers issued a sweeping order that took effect March 25, closing nonessential businesses throughout the state, banning gatherings of any size and imposing month-long travel restrictions in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Bars and restaurants that made pickup and delivery of orders available were allowed to stay open.
Q: What are the waiting times to have a test performed?
A: Local health officials urge anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 to call their health care provider or urgent care facility before visiting any health care facility. The state Department of Health Services has asked providers to prioritize testing for patients who have symptoms and are at risk of needing hospitalization. Those experiencing symptoms are advised to stay in quarantine for at least two weeks and to call their health care provider for further information. Tests will not be given to anyone not showing symptoms. Those who have been tested can expect results within a couple days.
Q: How long does the COVID-19 fever last? Is it possible it can last only one day?
A: Severity and length of symptoms depends on the person. If you are experiencing symptoms, call a medical professional for more information. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Health officials ask those with symptoms to remain in quarantine for at least 14 days after symptoms appear.
Q: What two towns in Walworth County have the virus?
A: County health departments across the state have chosen not to disclose the specific municipalities where people with positive cases live.
Q: Who can I call to report a place of business staying open saying they're essential?
A: Local law enforcement agencies have been tasked with enforcing safer-at-home policies issued by the state.
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