What is COVID-19?
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
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Symptoms may change with new COVID-19 variants and can vary depending on vaccination status.
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).
The CDC has guidance on quarantine or isolation time, including a helpful calculator. Click here to see if you should isolate or quarantine and for how long.
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.
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and GHC-SCW Clinics
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
GHC-SCW has a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines for ages 12 and older due to supply chain issues, and our COVID-19 vaccine appointment availability is based on our daily supply levels. Please continue to check GHCMyChart or call your primary care clinic for possible vaccine appointment availability.
We are preparing to receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine for members under age 12 to 6 months. We will post more information on this when it is available.
In addition to GHC-SCW clinics, members can receive their COVID-19 vaccines in the places listed below:
- Your Primary Care Provide
- If COVID-19 vaccine supply is available, we may be offering COVID vaccines at our GHC-SCW flu vaccine clinics (visit our Flu page, which has our 2023 Vaccination Clinic schedule; appointments are recommended.)
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.
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.
Below you will find links to the COVID-19 vaccine fact sheets for the Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccines.
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing
- Call our 24/7 GHC NurseConnect line at (608) 661-7350 or toll-free (855) 661-7350.
- 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.