Wisconsin leaders have taken steps to curb COVID-19 growth by closing schools, dine-in restaurants and bars. Now it’s up to individuals to take charge by practicing social distancing and good hygiene, says a Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center (GLIIHC) spokesman.

 

“Even if you are symptom free and not part of an at-risk group, you still need to change your lifestyle starting today,” said GLIIHC Chief Executive Officer Lyle Ignace, M.D., M.P.H. “The number of confirmed cases in Wisconsin reminds all of us about the importance of social distancing and maintaining good hygiene to prevent the spread of disease.”

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that community spread of COVID-19 has occurred in Wisconsin. This means that there are people who have tested positive who have no exposures to a known case nor did they travel to a location where there is known community spread. As of Wednesday, March 18 at 2pm the number of positive tests in Wisconsin rose to 106, with 1577 negative tests. Milwaukee County alone had 47 positive tests. Updated numbers of positive cases per county and locations where community spread is being seen are updated on the DHS Outbreaks website daily at 2 p.m.

“Social distancing is a strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel (new) coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. This is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to slow the spread of the virus. Social distancing will help keep you, your family, and our community from increased risk of exposure,” said Ignace.

According to Ignace, avoid public places. If you cannot avoid public spaces, stay six feet away from other people. Stay home as much as possible. And think about how you can decrease close contacts and crowded environments while COVID-19 is spreading through our communities. Learn about precautions for high risk and elderly individuals (cdc.gov)

“Even if you are symptom free and not part of an at-risk group, you still need to change your lifestyle starting today,” said GLIIHC Chief Executive Officer Lyle Ignace, M.D., M.P.H. “The number of confirmed cases in Wisconsin reminds all of us about the importance of social distancing and maintaining good hygiene to prevent the spread of disease.”

Dr. Lyle Ignace, M.D, M.P.H

Chief Executive Officer, Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center

“We are working closely with federal, state, and local partners to get important updates and developments about our community and to share this information with clients,” Dr. Ignace said. “We will work to continue to work to improve the health, peace and well-being of Urban Indians in the Greater Milwaukee Area.

The Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center (GLIIHC) staff has developed and implemented a protocol to help identify and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, while offering options for easier access to health care for existing patients. For more information on our new admissions protocol visit www.gliihc.net or https://www.facebook.com/GLIIHC/.

While the risk of catching COVID-19 remains low, please follow these simple steps to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Practice frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water. Sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue and toss into a waste basket. Or cover with your arm.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice social distancing of six feet.
  • Avoid large public gatherings and crowds.
  • Avoid meeting in groups of 10 or more.

Avoid Milwaukee dine-in restaurants and bars, which have been ordered closed. Some will remain open for take-out and delivery.

Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center is working to keep our community healthy during this time and prevent the spread of infection while also offering options for easier access to care. If you have a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms, please call (414) 383-9526 prior to visiting GLIIHC for further guidance and information on screening.