What You Can Do
stay home. stay healthy.
Even as businesses and attractions re-open, the coronavirus is still in our community. There is no vaccine, and no one is immune. Continue to exercise caution when going out.
- Limit outings to essential activities only.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, sleeve or your arm
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- If you must go out, wear a bandana or cloth face mask (please donate surgical or N95 masks to first responders)
Contact your healthcare provider if you are feeling ill. If you do not have a primary care physician, Aurora Advocate Health Care has set up a coronavirus hotline at 866-443-2584 that will assist you.
only use 911 for emergencies
First responders throughout Milwaukee County would like to remind everyone that calling 9-1-1 for assistance should be reserved for life-threatening emergencies only. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 for “flu-like” symptoms. Calling 9-1-1 for non-emergencies will put an unnecessary burden on an already-strained Emergency Medical System. If you have a true medical emergency, calling 9-1-1 is the right thing to do. If you have “flu-like” symptoms, please call your health care provider to discuss treatment options over the phone or utilize a TeleHealth option. Health care providers will give you recommendations for treating your symptoms without unnecessarily tying up an ambulance and overcrowding the emergency department and hospital. Please call 2-1-1 with additional questions you may have.
donate or source ppe/medical supplies
Donate personal protection equipment (PPE) supplies for health care providers, essential City workers, and first responders, or request PPE for your facility, using the links below:
- Unified Emergency Operations Center - Available Resource or Donation Form - https://mpd.readyop.com/fs/4caZ/7e02
- Unified Emergency Operations Center Resource Request Form - https://mpd.readyop.com/fs/4cb0/b931
The American Red Cross and Versiti Blood Centers of Wisconsin are both in dire need of blood donations. If you are healthy, consider donating blood. Contact these organizations directly for more information.
support local food pantries
Times of crisis are especially challenging for those facing food insecurity. A Little Free Food Pantry is available to anyone to visit, either to donate food or to take food, outside of Shared Journeys Charter School at Apostle Presbyterian Church, 1509 S. 76th St.
To find a food pantry near you, call 2-1-1 for information.
For those in need, Hunger Task Force is frequently updating a map of emergency food distribution centers throughout the Milwaukee metro area. Visit Hunger Task Force’s website for more information.
support west allis community improvement foundation
The West Allis Community Improvement Foundation (WACIF) was founded as a not-for-profit charitable organization in the mid-1980s to promote cultural, educational, recreational, civic, and public improvement programs and services. The Foundation is supported solely by monetary gifts, gifts of services, and other in-kind offerings to promote community projects and programs which preserve, foster, and enhance the economic and social well-being of the citizens, businesses, and organizations of the City of West Allis. Donate today.
check on the elderly, neighbors, and loved ones
This is a very difficult time, and social isolation can cause additional stress for those who are already vulnerable. Call loved ones and friends with more frequency. Leverage social media to connect with friends and family. Check on neighbors, but maintain social distancing and stay at least six feet apart during conversations. Assist those who may struggle with technology so that they can use it confidently during this time to stay connected and access information and services. If you are not in a high-risk group for complications from the virus, consider offering to go grocery shopping or run other local errands for those who are at greater risk.
COVID-19 Volunteer Program
Gov. Tony Evers announced on April 10 that the state is seeking volunteers to support Wisconsin’s healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Active and retired healthcare professionals and those who wish to help in non-clinical support positions are encouraged to sign up to volunteer through the Wisconsin Emergency Assistance Volunteer Registry (WEAVR).
“We are creating a wide network of volunteers to increase capacity at hospitals and clinics across Wisconsin,” said Gov. Evers. “Our top priority is to make sure there are enough resources to care for the growing number of people who require hospitalization or other healthcare interventions because of this pandemic.”
The number of patients in Wisconsin who need to be treated for COVID-19 is expected to surge in the coming weeks. Building a network of available volunteers now will greatly reduce the hardships on hospitals and clinics that would not normally have the capacity to care for the increase in patients.
Both active and retired healthcare professionals can volunteer for critical clinical roles by entering their information into the WEAVR, a secure, password-protected, web-based volunteer registration system for healthcare and behavioral health professionals. Individuals who are not licensed professionals are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer for non-clinical support positions.
Volunteers will be assigned to locations across Wisconsin to support ongoing efforts related to the COVID-19 national emergency. Those who are willing to travel should note that when they sign up. All volunteers should also be aware that they will be required to complete a background check.