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Carthage and COVID-19

About COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.

For the latest developments on COVID-19 and this public health crisis, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

COVID-19 Testing Facilities in Kenosha

Froedtert South
6308 8th Ave
Kenosha, WI 53143

Gateway Technical College
3520 30th Ave
Kenosha, WI 53144

For information on testing, students can contact the local hotline at 211 or Kenosha County Health at 262-605-6700.


The FAQs below were taken from the World Health Organization in March 2020. For the latest developments on COVID-19 and this public health crisis, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:

What is coronavirus and COVID-19?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that may cause illness in humans or animals. They are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. In people, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 is the official name of the coronavirus strain causing the current outbreak. COVID-19 was first reported in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31, 2019.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

How severe is COVID-19?
COVID-19 symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people may become infected but not develop any symptoms or feel unwell. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people and those with underlying medical conditions (high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, etc.) are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2 percent of people with COVID-19 have died. People with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How do people catch COVID-19?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth that are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 3 feet away from a person who is sick.

Is there a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19?
Not yet. Because COVID-19 is a virus and not a bacterial infection, antibiotics are not an effective treatment. There is currently no vaccine or specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-19. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized.

What does Carthage do when a student becomes ill with a communicable disease?
Carthage College has long had policies in place to support ill students and keep others in our community healthy. As always, the Health and Counseling Center follows all protocols as advised by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If a student is identified to have a communicable disease, Carthage works with local and state health departments to comply with all requirements. We also have our own campus procedures for supporting students and keeping others in our community healthy.