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What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without treatment. Some will become seriously ill and need medical attention. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illness. Some underlying medical conditions are cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease or cancer. Anyone can get sick with COVID-19 and become very ill or die at any age. 
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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

People who have COVID-19 can have a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Possible symptoms can include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Symptoms may change with new COVID-19 variants and can vary depending on vaccination status.

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What can you do if you think you have COVID-19?

Limit contact with others to help reduce the spread of illness. If you begin to have symptoms, stay at home. You should self-isolate (stay home) or quarantine (stay away from all others including family). And follow self-care guidelines like these ones written by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

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Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

The best way to prevent or slow down transmission is to understand the disease and how it spreads. You can protect yourself by standing 6 feet apart, wearing a fitted mask and washing your hands often. Get vaccinated when it’s your turn and follow local guidance.

The virus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose. Small liquid particles spread it when they cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. It’s important to stop the drops from spreading. For example you can cough into a flexed elbow or to stay home if you feel unwell.

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What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and GHC-SCW Clinics

Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our members, our staff and our community. We follow the advice of the Center for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Servic​es (DHS) for these guidelines.

Masks are no longer required in all GHC-SCW Clinics. If you have had a recent COVID-19 exposure or diagnosis or are experiencing cough/cold symptoms, you should mask per the current CDC guidance.

Visitor Restrictions

If you visit a GHC-SCW clinic for an appointment, please make sure you follow these rules.

You or anyone you bring to a visit can not have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last five days are not permitted.

All patients and visitors:

  • May be asked COVID-19 screening questions.
  • Must wash or sanitize their hands frequently.
  • Must practice physical distancing.
  • May be asked to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth​ if you have a cough or cold symptoms.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines

Updated COVID-19 Vaccine

We now have the updated COVID-19 vaccine for members under age 12 to 6 months.

In addition to GHC-SCW clinics, members can receive their COVID-19 vaccines in the places listed below:

  • Your Primary Care Provide
  • Hy-Vee
  • Costco

If you’ve recently had COVID-19, it is recommended to wait three months to receive a dose of the vaccine.

People are considered to be moderately or severely immunocompromised (meaning they have a weakened immune system) due to several conditions and treatments. Examples include if you:

  • Are getting cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received chimeric antigen receptor CAR T-cell therapy (a treatment to help your immune system kill cancer cells)
  • Received a stem cell transplant (within the last 2 years)
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have an advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Are getting treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress immune response

Talk to your health care provider about COVID-19 vaccination and your medical condition.

To learn more, please visit the ​​​CDC websiteFDA website or the DHS website.

GHC-SCW can’t replace COVID-19 vaccine record cards. You may be able to find this information in your GHCMyChart account.

Your COVID-19 vaccination is listed on the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR). Follow these links to access the WIR portal.

English – Public Immunization Record Access
Spanish – Acceso Publico del Registro de Inmunización
Hmong – Tshawb Nrhiav Txog Kev Txhaj Tshuaj Cov Ntaub Ntawv

The best thing you can do to stay up to date is make sure you have an active GHCMyChart account. We will also update this page with relevant COVID-19 vaccine news.

If you are interested in reading more about vaccines, two great sources are the CDC and the Wisconsin Department of Health ​Services.

Below you will find links to the COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets for the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers – FDA Approved
Moderna COVID-​19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers – FDA Approved

If you are age 65 or older, or are moderately to severely immunocompromised, you should receive a booster.

If you are age 65 or older, you should receive your booster four months after receiving the last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are moderately to severely immunocompromised, you should receive your booster two months after receiving the last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing

  1. Call our 24/7 GHC NurseConnect line at (608) 661-7350 or toll-free (855) 661-7350.
  2. Then, fill out the Public Health Madison & Dane County confidential reporting form. (This form is for Dane County residents ONLY.)

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Primary Care Provider.

GHC-SCW charges $81 for a COVID-19 Antibody Test (86769) and $132 for a COVID-19 Diagnostic Laboratory Test (87635)

Additional services unrelated to the testing for and diagnosis of COVID-19 during the same visit may result in additional charges. What you pay is based on your health plan.

Please call Member Services at (608) 828-4853 if you have questions.

Over-the-counter tests are convenient way to test for COVID-19 from the comfort of your home. They can be key to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Two testing options are antigen and PCR tests. Antigen tests are sold over-the-counter and PCR tests are usually done by a health care provider and then sent to a lab.

Learn more about your testing options through the CDC website.

External Testing Resources

Looking for more information on testing for COVID-19? We encourage you to use the following websites.

The symptoms of RSV, the flu, and COVID-19 are similar. Use the table here to understand your treatment and testing options.