Coronavirus (COVID-19)



The Shorewood School District continues to work closely in partnership with North Shore Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health, and CDC to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We recognize how challenging this situation is for our families, students, and staff but safety is our biggest priority.
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North Shore Health Department: (414) 371-2980
Ann Christiansen, Health Director/Health Officer, North Shore Health Department
Kathleen Platt, Public Health Nurse Supervisor, North Shore Health Department
Kelly Barlow, (414) 961-2888, District Nurse, Shorewood School District


Below are many questions related to COVID-19, broken down by category. To view the answer to a particular question, click the arrow located to the right of the question.


COVID-19 is the disease caused by a virus strain that began spreading in people in December 2019.

Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new respiratory virus, and it can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

  • The COVID-19 virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.
  • The COVID-19 virus is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
  • Formerly, this disease was referred to as "2019 Novel Coronavirus" or "2019-nCoV."


Source: Wisconsin Dept of Health Services

Learn more about COVID-19 from the CDC by clicking here.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
  • Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”).

Source: CDC

People with confirmed infections have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to people being severely sick and dying. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomitting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of smell
  • Loss of taste

Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms. For many, symptoms are mild, with no fever. It is important to know that you can still spread (transmit) the virus to others even if you have mild or no symptoms.

The CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Source: CDC

For the most current information on the COVID-19, please visit the CDC's website on COVID-19 or WI DHS's website on COVID-19 website. 


There are steps to take to keep yourself and others healthy for both COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. These steps include:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Stay home when you are sick. Keep children home from school if they are sick. Children should be free from fever without use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours before returning to school.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • If soap and water are not accessible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol. Washing your hands with soap and warm water is still the most effective prevention method.

  • People heading outside of their homes are recommended at this time to wear masks to prevent the spread of germs.
Source: Wisconsin Department of Public Health
We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission
Source: CDC
Surgical and N-95 masks should be reserved for medical/health professionals. The general public should utilize cloth masks. You may also use items like a bandana, scarf or other fabric that can cover your mouth and nose. If you have surgical masks, please consider donating them to a healthcare facility and utilize a cloth face covering for yourself.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
Source: CDC
In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.
Source: CDC
Yes. Wearing cloth face coverings is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19. CDC still recommends that you stay at least 6 feet away from other people (social distancing), frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but it may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. This would be especially important if someone is infected but does not have symptoms. View CDC’s guidance on how to protect yourself.
Source: CDC
  • Online Screening: You can complete this confidential online COVID-19 health screening at Get Screened for COVID-19. If required, a registered nurse trained to assess and triage your immediate COVID-19 screening results and health concerns will contact you directly.

  • Call your healthcare provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room and tell them your symptoms.

  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.

  • If you have a face mask, wear it if you need to be around other people.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.

  • Clean your hands often and all “high-touch” surfaces everyday.

  • Monitor your symptoms.
Source: North Shore Health Department
The CDC offers additional guidance here related to prevention of spread of the virus and actions to take if you think you or a family member may have COVID-19.
The WI Dept of Health has a great deal of information answering these questions at the following link:
The North Shore Health Department is the lead agency in our community’s COVID-19 response and the Shorewood School District plays an important role in providing stability and safety for our community. Superintendent Bryan Davis and District Nurse Kelly Barlow work in partnership with the North Shore Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Public Health, and other superintendents to assess and respond to new information. Having a seat at the table ensures our voices are heard and included in decisions that impact all of us.

Remain calm and reassuring.

  • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.

Make yourself available to listen and to talk.

  • Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.

Avoid language that might blame others and lead to

  • Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

  • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

Provide information that is honest and accurate.

  • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
  • Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

  • Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
  • Remind them to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, then throw the tissue into the trash.
  • Discuss any new actions that may be taken at school to help protect children and school staff.
    (e.g., increased handwashing, cancellation of events or activities)
  • Get children into a handwashing habit.
    • Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
    • If soap and water are not available, teach them to use hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol. Supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol, especially in schools and childcare facilities.
Source: CDC
Additional resources for talking with students about COVID-19:

Testing availability for COVID-19 is increasing in the U.S., allowing for more individuals to be tested if deemed necessary by a clinician. 

If you think you should be tested:

Call your doctor if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and need medical care or think you are high risk for having a severe illness. Your doctor will determine whether or not you should be tested based on your symptoms, risk factors like travel or contact with others who are sick, and if you have underlying medical conditions.

To best use the resources of the health care system, not everyone with symptoms will be tested. If your symptoms are mild and can be managed at home, your doctor might recommend that you stay home under self-isolation to prevent the spread to others.

If you suspect you have COVID-19, you can also complete a confidential online COVID-19 health screening at Get Screened for COVID-19. If required, a registered nurse trained to assess and triage your immediate COVID-19 screening results and health concerns will contact you directly.

Source: Wisconsin State Health Department

Currently, there are no specific treatments for COVID-19 (and there is no vaccine for COVID-19).  Supportive therapies (including fluids and rest) may help relieve symptoms.

Source: CDC

With any further questions related to COVID-19, please contact one of the following:
North Shore Health Department: (414) 371-2980
Ann Christiansen, Health Director/Health Officer, North Shore Health Department
Kathleen Platt, Public Health Nurse Supervisor, North Shore Health Department
Kelly Barlow, District Nurse, Shorewood Schools