Coronavirus - COVID-19

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

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.  


Badger Bounce Back - State Government Edition

The State Government Badger Bounce Back Plan is enterprise-wide guidance that mirrors the three phases outlined in the Governor’s WI Badger Bounce Back Plan. The State Government Badger Bounce Back Plan serves as a foundation for Agencies but was developed to be nimble enough to enable Agencies to build upon it to ensure their staff and public stakeholders are supported in their own unique ways. ​



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:​

  • 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 not come to work until they are free of fever (>100.4°F), signs of a fever, AND respiratory symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath) for at least three days (72 hours) without the use of fever-reducing medicine AND seven days have passed since symptoms first appeared. 


​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 05/15/2020.​​​