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Updated: April 6 | En Español

What Should I Do If I'm Sick?

Feeling sick can be scary, especially with a growing number of COVID-19 cases. If you have symptoms like new/worsening cough or new/worsening shortness of breath, you should stay at home and contact your doctor. We have a number of virtual options to help you get care virtually.

Call Our COVID-19 Hotline

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, call our hotline. If you meet the requirements for testing, you'll be directed to a test site, and testing will be provided without charge.

Use Our Symptom Checker

Find the right care fast. You’ll get real-time analysis of your symptoms and guidance on how to proceed, including what to do if your symptoms might be COVID-19.

Start a Virtual Visit Now

Receive care as soon as possible without an appointment with an on-demand video visit. Care is available via mobile app or webcam for a flat fee of $20.

Schedule a Telehealth Visit

Receive care at your convenience by scheduling a telehealth visit with a Froedtert & MCW primary care provider: $0 out-of-pocket during this crisis

How Does COVID-19 Affect My Care?

  • Scheduled Surgeries

    Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin locations are temporarily suspending surgeries that are not time sensitive. If your upcoming appointment or surgery is canceled, you will get a phone call from our staff.

  • Clinic Appointments

    If you have a scheduled appointment at one of our facilities, please do not cancel it. We will do everything we can to provide the care you need. If you have not already spoken with a member of your care team about your upcoming visit, our staff will contact you in the days prior to your appointment to discuss which option best meets your needs.

    This may include rescheduling, engaging in a telehealth virtual visit or keeping your in-person appointment for concerns that are best handled through a face-to-face visit.

  • Temporary Visitor Restrictions

    To protect our patients, staff and community, we are no longer allowing visitors in our inpatient areas until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat. 

  • Temporary Location Closures

    FastCare® is currently closed until further notice. Several of our other locations have closed temporarily or have reduced their hours to shift focus to providing virtual care. Visit our locations for the most up-to-date information and hours for each location.

    If you have symptoms (fever, cough or shortness of breath) or COVID-19 concerns, please call your primary care provider BEFORE visiting a health care facility.

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How You Can Help

We have received many offers of help from our community and are extremely grateful. We are now accepting donations for PPE and health care supplies for patients, staff and visitors. We will also now accept hand-sewn masks that follow the instructions provided below, thanks to our friends at Mount Mary University. Again, we’re tremendously grateful for your offers of support. 

Donation Guidelines and Drop-off LocationsHand-Sewn Mask Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19

  • What Is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    Four types of human coronaviruses cause the common cold in humans, while other coronaviruses infect animals. Sometimes, these animal coronaviruses evolve and enter the human population. These are called new, or novel, coronaviruses. In December 2019, a novel coronavirus was identified as a cause of respiratory infection in people in Wuhan, China, and it is now known as 2019 novel coronavirus or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS- CoV-2). COVID-19 is the name for the illness caused by SARS-CoV-2.

  • What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

    Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    Call your health care professional if you develop these symptoms appear within 2 to 14 days of close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

  • How Does Coronavirus (COVID-19) Spread?

    The virus appears to spread mainly from person to person within 6 feet of contact. The virus spreads through respiratory droplets from an infected person who is coughing or sneezing. It is also possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with the virus on it, then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

    People who show symptoms of COVID-19 should wear a mask to help prevent spread of the disease to others.

  • Who Is Most at Risk?

    Anyone exposed to SARS-CoV-2 is at risk of infection. There is limited information about how COVID-19 affects high-risk groups. It’s believed that the individuals most at risk for developing a severe illness from COVID-19 are adults ages 65 and older, people with suppressed immune systems and people with underlying medical conditions such as:

    • Asthma
    • Cancer
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Diabetes
    • Heart disease
    • Liver disease
    • Obesity
  • If I’m Considered High Risk, What Should I Do?

    To protect yourself from coronavirus, stay home as much as you can. Ensure you have enough medication (prescription and over-the-counter), groceries and household items in case you need to be in your home for an extended period of time. If you do need to go out in public, keep at least six feet away from others who are showing symptoms. Wash your hands often. Regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces in your home.

  • Should I Be Tested?

    If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing new or worsening cough and/or shortness of breath, call our COVID-19 hotline at 414-805-2000. If you meet the requirements for testing, you'll be directed to a test site, and testing will be provided without charge.

  • What Do I Do If I Test Positive?

    Stay home, and stay away from those you live with as much as possible. Most people who test positive for COVID-19 recover at home without additional medical treatment. Keep in touch with your provider using MyChart or telehealth visits whenever possible. If you need to see your provider in person, call before visiting to help staff minimize the risk of exposure to our patients and care team.

    If your condition worsens or you experience severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or chest pain or pressure, call 911.

  • Is There a Treatment for COVID-19?

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

  • How Can I Prevent the Spread of COVID-19?

    Social distancing can help slow the spread of COVID-19 in your community. Stay home whenever possible, especially if you or a family member are feeling sick. If you need to go out in public, stay at least six feet away from others who are showing symptoms, and wash your hands once you’ve returned home.

    Along with practice good hygiene, the following tips can help prevent you and others from becoming infected:

    • Avoid direct contact with people who have symptoms.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    • Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60% to 95% alcohol.
    • Clean and disinfect items and surfaces that are frequently touched using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • The CDC now recommends that the public wear cloth face coverings, such as hand-sewn masks, bandanas or scarves, in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Should I Wear a Mask?

    If you are sick, you should wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you’re around other people. Caregivers should also wear a mask around sick individuals, especially if the person who is ill is unable to wear a mask.

    The CDC now recommends that the public wear cloth face coverings, such as hand-sewn masks, bandanas or scarves, in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

  • Can I Travel?

    The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to several worldwide destinations. If you were in a country with a COVID-19 outbreak and feel sick with fever, cough or are having difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left, you should:

    • Seek medical attention. If you have symptoms or have COVID-19 concerns, please call your health care provider or the location BEFORE visiting the health care facility. This allows staff to properly prepare for your arrival and evaluate your symptoms for risk of COVID-19.
    • Wear a mask to help prevent spread of the disease to others.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Avoid traveling on public transportation while sick.
    • 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.

    Our Travel Medicine Program and Travel Health Clinic provide general guidance for all of your travel plans.

  • What Is Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Doing About COVID-19?

    The Froedtert & MCW health network is following the situation closely and implementing all recommendations provided by our local and state departments of health and the CDC. Our medical staff is receiving information and training on protocols to recognize, isolate and evaluate patients who may have COVID-19 infection.

  • How Is Froedtert & MCW Protecting Patients and Staff?

    We have implemented screening protocols to quickly identify persons who may have COVID-19 infection. Patients are first screened over the phone for risk factors and symptoms. If the patient is stable, screening, reporting and testing approval are done prior to the patient entering one of our facilities. If a patient requires medical care, the patient will need to go to a Froedtert & MCW Emergency Department. The Emergency Department should be notified in advance of patient details and suspicion of COVID-19.

    When people who may have COVID-19 are identified, steps are taken to prevent transmission to other patients and personnel. These measures include asking the patient to wear a surgical mask, placing the patient in an isolation room and having personnel wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including an N95 respirator, gown, gloves and eye protection.

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