COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease)

COVID-19 is a communicable, respiratory disease that can cause severe illness in some people. COVID-19 is easily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets and aerosol particles released by people with COVID-19 during coughing, sneezing, singing, talking, and breathing.

Since 2019, the spread of COVID-19 has had a devastating impact around the world and across our state. However, with high levels of vaccination and widespread population immunity, the risk of severe COVID-19 disease, hospitalization, and death has been greatly reduced. We all need to continue to take steps to protect our communities and prevent COVID-19 from straining our health care systems.

Stay up to date with your vaccines.



Information on COVID-19

Learn how to protect yourself and others from serious illness, find the support you need to weather the pandemic, and stay up to date on ways to stop the spread in your community.

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Get a vaccine

Get the facts on the COVID-19 vaccine, including how to schedule an appointment and what to expect after you’re up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.

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COVID-19 data

Get the latest statistics, including vaccine distribution, COVID-19 variants, hospital impacts, how our data is collected and more.

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Learn the basics on COVID-19 testing, including when to get a test, how to get a test, and what to expect.

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What you need to know

Know the symptoms of COVID-19 and next steps after you are exposed or diagnosed.


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Staying safe in your community

Find guidance and resources for keeping your community safe.

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Prevent COVID-19

Learn how to prevent COVID-19, how to get tested if you’ve been exposed, and how to manage stress caused by the pandemic.

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Learn what you need to know before you travel and see frequently asked questions.

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Guidance for the workplace

Find resources for businesses, employers, and employees.


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Guidance for health care partners

Get helpful COVID-19 guidance and resources, specifically developed for health care partners. Find the guidance you need by health care setting.

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Keeping Wisconsin kids healthy

Children and teens are at risk for serious COVID-19 illness and can spread the virus to others—even if they don’t have symptoms. But with the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up, you can protect the kids in your life wherever they live, play, and learn.


Safely get back to the people and experiences you love.

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Program updates and impacts

ForwardHealth programs

Access health, nutrition, and caretaking services. ForwardHealth brings together a variety of health care, nutritional and caretaker programs and resources, making it easier for members to improve health outcomes. Browse the full list of programs.

Other DHS programs

The Department of Health Services offers a wide range of programs that can help you overcome the impacts of COVID-19. Learn about specific programs.

Last Revised: August 22, 2022

211 Wisconsin

Call 211 or 877-947-2211 to get referrals for thousands of services across Wisconsin. For COVID-19 questions, text COVID to 211-211. Language assistance is available.

Resilient Wisconsin

Get help learning how to manage stress and adapt to change with services and support from organizations across the state.

Helpful resources

Find help with housing, income, food, employment, health care, mental health concerns, safety at home, and more—in multiple languages.