What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a coronavirus discovered in 2019. The virus spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets and small particles produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus spreads readily in crowded or poorly ventilated indoor settings. Illness can range from mild to severe, though not everyone infected with the virus develops symptoms. Adults 65 years and older and people of any age with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness.

If you've been exposed or have symptoms, please consider getting tested. Visit Healthy MKE to find a testing location near you.

If you are looking for information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit our COVID-19 Vaccine page. To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, call the Health Department.

COVID-19 Exposure Guidance

Next Steps: Exposed to someone with COVID-19 (PDF)
Timeline: Exposed to COVID-19 (PDF)

COVID-19 Diagnosis Guidance

Next Steps: After you are diagnosed with COVID-19 (PDF)
Timeline: Diagnosed with COVID-19

Where can I go for the most up to date information about COVID-19?

Healthy MKE
Milwaukee County COVID-19 Dashboard
CDC Travel Information