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For Individuals & Families

Vaccination

Vaccination is the most important way to protect yourself and the people you love from COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, and effective. It's important to stay up to date on your vaccines and get boosted when you are eligible to have the most protection from COVID. 

Currently everyone 5 years old and older is eligible to be vaccinated, and many are able to get boosted. Learn more and find vaccination options near you.

Testing

  • Regardless of your vaccination status, stay home if you’re sick. This is true for COVID-19 and other viruses! Get tested for COVID if you have COVID symptoms
  • If you were exposed to COVID or test positive, learn more about your next steps

Masking

Wear a well-fitting mask 

  • KN95 Masks for Community Members. As of January 21, you can pick up a pack of 10 KN95 masks during business hours at our East Washington or South Madison offices, while supplies last. We are also working with community partners such as nonprofits and faith-based organizations to distribute masks. Please email us if you would like to learn more about requesting masks for your community organization.

  • Ensure your mask fits tightly around your face. If you are wearing a respirator, like a KF94, KF95, and N95, you should have a tight seal around your face and air shouldn't escape out the sides or top. See our blog post for more information on mask types and fit.
  • Cloth masks may not be as effective as surgical masks or respirators (i.e. KF94s, KF95s, and N95s). Consider upgrading your mask from a cloth mask for more protection. 
  • Ensure you are buying respirators from a reputable source. There are many options available, so we recommend doing some research to find masks that are high quality. 

Face covering (masking) requirements regardless of vaccination status

  • Face Covering Emergency Order #6 is in effect January 3, 2022 at 12:01 am until February 1, 2022. See Face Covering Emergency Order #6 and our news release for details. 

    • See full order for certain situations where a face covering may be removed.
    • Face coverings are also required while driving or riding in any form of public transportation.
    • Face coverings are required among people ages two and older when in any enclosed space open to the public where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, are present.
    • If everyone in an enclosed space is fully vaccinated, people are then able to remove their masks. See full order for details. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech’s or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine or two weeks after their first dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.  
  • The science is clear that wearing a face covering is a simple, proven way to prevent disease spread.

Travel

Risk & Considerations for Parents with Unvaccinated Children

Visit the CDC's website for considerations for parents with unvaccinated children. We have outlined some considerations below.

  • Get vaccinated yourself. The most important thing you can do to protect your kids is ensure you and any eligible people in the house are vaccinated. Encourage the people in your kids’ lives, such as coaches, teachers, and family friends, to also get vaccinated. This helps form a circle of protection around your kids who are not yet able to get vaccinated. Get your kids vaccinated as soon as their age group is eligible.
  • Align your behaviors with your comfort with risks. Many businesses are continuing to offer options that became popular in the past year, including curbside pickup, delivery, and online ordering. Continue to make use of these options if you aren’t comfortable bringing your child into an indoor public space. CDC outlines certain activities by risk level. For example, it’s safer for an unvaccinated kid to have a playdate outside than to dine indoors at a busy restaurant. Determine what you’re comfortable with and adjust your behavior accordingly.
  • Wear a mask in indoor spaces. Per the Face Covering Emergency Order, people ages two and older must wear a mask when in any enclosed space open to the public where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, are present.
  • Ask organizers about your kid’s activities. If your child participates in youth activities, such as music lessons or camps, ask them about their policies. We recommend that these youth activities follow CDC guidance.
  • Get tested if you or your kids have symptoms. There are many options for getting tested in Dane County. We can test babies as young as 12 months old at our Park Street location.

For Businesses & Workplaces

Documents are currently in the process of being updated to reflect current isolation and quarantine guidance. 

  • Mask required sign. Per the Face Covering Emergency Order, all businesses must post a sign in a visible location that notifies the public that face coverings are required upon entering the property. 
  • Review our Guidance for Businesses & Employers for recommendations you may wish to implement.
  • Workplaces considering testing for their employees should follow CDC guidance when determining whether and how to test employees. Workplaces must follow all guidelines related to obtaining a CLIA waiver and reporting of test results.
  • Employers can play an important role in supporting COVID-19 vaccination. A few simple communications, policies and programs can encourage COVID-19 vaccination among your workforce and help keep employees—and your community—safe and healthy. Read more in this guide from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Below are five steps businesses and workplaces are encouraged to take to prevent the spread of illnesses like COVID-19, flu, and whooping cough, as well as the spread of viruses like norovirus. Included in the sample policies below are resources and links to more information.

  1. Create and adopt a hygiene policy
  2. Create and adopt a cleaning policy
  3. Inspect and maintain facility infrastructure:
    • Verify water quality
      • Sample water if on well and septic
      • Run water if closed for longer than a week
    • Service and maintain ventilation system
    • Contract monthly pest control
      • Seal doors, windows to prevent pest entry
  4. Create and adopt a process for documenting staff training on policies
  5. Sign up for our sector-specific newsletters

For Schools, Childcare, & Youth Activities

Documents are currently in the process of being updated to reflect current isolation and quarantine guidance. 

Childcare

K-12 Schools

Youth Activities


For Community Organizations & Faith-Based Organizations


For Sports

We recommend teams follow the Sports Action Plan, which outlines what to do if someone on your team has COVID-19.

Below are some additional safety considerations your team may choose to implement to help reduce the spread of illness:

  • Avoid carpooling that mixes unvaccinated people from more than one household.
  • Clean and disinfect shared equipment.
  • Play sports outside if possible.
  • If playing inside, ensure ventilation systems or fans operate properly. Increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors. Do not open windows and doors if doing so poses a safety or health risk (e.g., risk of falling or triggering asthma symptoms) to players or others using the facility.
  • If you are unvaccinated, see the CDC’s guidance for playing sports while unvaccinated.