Prevent Getting Sick

Updated 4/26/21


How to Protect Yourself:

  • Keep 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering to keep infectious particles from entering the air when you speak, cough or sneeze. Read more about the importance of cloth face coverings to slow the spread.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. Hand sanitizers of at least 60% alcohol should be used in situations where soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • CDC Fact Sheet on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • See more information on avoiding illness on the WI DHS website.


You could be sick with COVID-19 and not even know it. The infectious period begins approximately 2 days before symptoms appear, meaning you can get others sick before you are actually feeling unwell.

Some cases of COVID-19 have had no symptoms at all or only displayed minor symptoms.

Even if you do not feel sick it is important to take the necessary precautions, as you may be unknowingly spreading the virus. Community transmission in the North Shore can be reduced if everyone acts as if they could be spreading the virus to others AND everyone assumes they are at risk of being exposed every time they are out on public.

If you were in close contact with someone that tested positive for COVID-19: Click Here

For COVID-19, close contact is defined as within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes (Source).

Fully vaccinated persons - Guidance from the CDC: Click Here

Deciding to go out - Guidance from the CDC: Click Here

As communities and businesses continue to open up, you may be looking for ways to resume some daily activities as safely as possible. While there is no way to guarantee zero risk of infection, it is important to understand potential risks and take prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Visiting friends and family with higher risk for severe illness? Watch this video from the CDC: Click Here

What should I do if I get a fever, cough, or am having trouble breathing, or need medical care?

  • Visit our testing page for more information on testing options near the North Shore.
  • Stay home and minimize close contact with others to prevent further spread.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
  • If you have a facemask, wear it if you need to be around other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often and disinfect frequently used surfaces.
  • Call your primary care provider to discuss symptoms if they continue to worsen.
  • In an emergency, call 911.   

Disinfection Information:

The EPA says it is best to follow the instructions on the disinfectant's label and pay attention to the how long the product should be on the surface you're cleaning.

Alcohol-based cleaning products for use on surfaces should be at least 70% alcohol in order to be effective.

For more information please visit EPA's Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19.