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.

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 (PDF)

Important updates: 

As of 3/1/23, the South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department is no longer testing for COVID-19. The testing site is permanently closed.

If you are looking for a testing site in the area, please visit Healthy MKE.

As of 6/15/23, the South Milwaukee/St. Francis Health Department is no longer offering the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are in need of a COVID-19 vaccine, please check with your primary care physician or visit to locate  vaccine near you. 

If you have questions or concerns, please call the Health Department.

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

Healthy MKE
Milwaukee County COVID-19 Dashboard
CDC Travel Information
Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID-19: Vaccine
CDC Vaccine Considerations for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Individuals
CDC Vaccine Data Tracker