What You Need to Know

UW Health’s skilled team of professionals is constantly monitoring, evaluating and responding to this rapidly changing COVID-19 situation while coordinating logistics, supplies, testing, communication and other areas of the response. We have modified our operations, protocols and visitor policies to limit the risk of exposure for our patients and families, community members and our workforce while we continue to work around the clock to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.

This is a rapidly changing situation. Information is subject to change, but here is what you need to know now:

Stay informed

UW Health continues to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and local public health authorities as the COVID-19 situation changes. Please continue to check this website for updates.

Stay home.

For those individuals residing in Dane County, the Forward Dane plan provides guidance for the re-opening of our community. Physical distancing is still an important step in helping to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus. Many counties have established their own local ordinances. Please check with your community to learn what the current guidelines are for preventing the spread of the virus.

Find ways to support your well-being.

From managing anxiety to keeping children engaged in activities, find helpful resources from the Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison: COVID-19 Well-Being Toolkit and Resources

Call BEFORE you come into a healthcare facility.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 contact your healthcare provider via phone, MyChart or Care Anywhere for a video visit. If you are NOT experiencing a medical emergency, do NOT go to a hospital Emergency Department solely to ask for a COVID-19 test.

Limit exposure.

If you are experiencing symptoms:

  • Stay home and limit your contact with others.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizing gel.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow and sneeze in a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects in your home (cellphones, for example).
  • Do not travel while sick.

Be aware of visitor restrictions.

To protect the health and safety of everyone, updated patient and visitor guidelines are now in effect at UW Health facilities.

Understand who will be tested.

If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms or have worsening symptoms, contact your healthcare provider by phone or MyChart to schedule a test.

If you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we recommend that you visit the community testing site at Alliant Energy Center.

UW Health is currently unable to test asymptomatic patients.

Stop the stigma.

COVID-19 is impacting communities across the globe and is not unique to individuals of any race, ethnicity or country of origin. This virus does not discriminate. Public health emergencies are stressful times, but racist behaviors are not tolerated at UW Health. Together, we can help slow the spread of this virus. Here are five facts about COVID-19 from the CDC that can help stop discrimination.