Coronavirus - COVID-19

​​​​COVID-19 Information for State Employees​

When dealing with highly contagious diseases like influenza, employees need to stay home and not infect co-workers, clients, or the general public.  In the case of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently advises that common symptoms include flu-like symptoms (fever (100.4° F or higher), cough or sore throat, headache or body aches, and in some cases diarrhea and vomiting) or symptoms of respiratory illness (fever (100.4° F or higher), cough, and shortness of breath).  Click here for a full list of symptoms. In order to slow or stop the spread of these illnesses, it is critical to follow these instructions.  

Stop the Spread - State Government Guidance

The Wisconsin State Government continues to apply COVID-19 related workplace policies in terms of the number of employees at the work site, social distancing requirements, personal protective equipment, cleaning standards, travel restrictions, etc. 

Stop the Spread Guidance Documents

Preventive Actions You Can Take

​The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:​

  • ​Get a COVID-19 vaccination.  Several agencies in Madison and the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupan are hosting vaccination clinics​​ in August and September.  Information about how to find a vaccine appointment is also available on the DHS website​.

  • Wash your 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.

    • ​If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

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

  • Stay home when you are sick.

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

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

Staying Home if You Are Sick

Employees should stay home when sick.  COVID-19 infections have a range of symptoms, from little to no symptoms to very severe symptoms. Employees with these symptoms should generally not come to work until they are free of fever (>100.4°F) for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications) AND their other symptoms have improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.  Employees should refer to Section B: Reporting to Work of the FAQs for more information and follow the steps outlined depending on the particular situation.


​Mental Health & Well-Being Resources​​​​

​The Division of Personnel Management has teamed up with the Department of Health Services and Employee Trust funds to compile a list of mental health and well-being resources to help you and your family stay well and connected during this unprecedented time. ​ See the COVID-19 Resources page​ for more information.


​​Note: Guidance contained in this document is based on CDC and DHS guidance as of 05/28/2021.​​​