The City of Oak Creek has joined Milwaukee County and other local municipalities in the Stay Home, Save Lives campaign, and we want our residents to help us with those efforts.
We need you. Help to protect your friends and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19. Make it your mission to STAY HOME and SAVE LIVES.
Get your questions answered here, and download your own Stay Home, Save Lives OC graphics here to share on social media.
COVID-19 is spreading, and you may not know you’re infected until you’ve already infected others.
Some individuals in our community are more vulnerable to COVID-19, and we need to do our part to keep them safe and stop the spread.
Stay home to . .
- do your part to confront this pandemic and minimize community spread of COVID-19.
- protect yourself, your loved ones, your neighbors, and our entire community.
- protect our frontline workers and give them a fighting chance to beat this disease.
Health professionals say staying at home means avoiding play dates, sleepovers, bars, restaurants, parties or houses of worship.
The bottom line? Stay home. Save lives. Maybe your own. Right now, every one of us is safer at home.
There is a lot of information - and misinformation - being shared right now. Be sure to turn to trusted sources of information about COVID-19. The City of Oak Creek is committed to keeping you safe and informed.
Here are some of the best sources for the most up-to-date information:
Staying at home means that you should remain at home or in your place of residence, with a few exceptions, outlined in the Governor’s Stay at Home order.
You can leave your home for essential health and safety needs, to obtain necessary supplies and services, to engage in outdoor activities, to take care of loved ones, or to perform Essential Business Duties. Just be sure that you adhere to social distancing requirements as you do so!
Social distancing means that you should:
- maintain six feet between yourself and other people when not within your immediate household
- wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer
- covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)
- regularly clean high-touch surfaces
- not shake hands
- and following all other public health recommendations issued by DHS and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
The CDC is asking individuals who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 to self-quarantine or isolate themselves for 14 days minimize exposure to others and reduce the virus from spreading.
- Stay away from other people in your home as much as possible, staying in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if available.
- Limit contact with your pets, as there is a small chance humans can pass the disease to dogs or other pets.
- Avoid having visitors unless the person needs to be in your place of residence.
- Wear a mask if you must be around other people.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough/sneeze; immediately throw tissues in garbage; wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if that's not available, clean with hand sanitizer that has at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid sharing household items, including drinking cups, eating utensils, towels or even bedding. Wash these items thoroughly after using.
- Clean high-touch surfaces daily using a household cleaner or wipe. These include: counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
- Clean any surfaces that may be contaminated with blood, stool or any bodily fluids.
- Monitor your symptoms. If they worsen, call your health care provider.
Individuals may leave their homes for the following reasons:
- To perform essential governmental functions, to work at essential businesses and operations, to do minimum basic operations for non-essential businesses, and essential travel, all of which are defined in Governor Evers' Safer at Home order.
- To obtain services at, or to work for, health care and public health operations, certain human services operations, or essential infrastructure.
- To perform tasks that are essential to health and safety such as obtaining medical supplies or medication, seeking emergency services, or visiting a health care professional.
- To obtain necessary services or supplies such as food, gasoline, pet supplies, and other household consumer products.
- To engage in outdoor activity, as long as you maintain social distancing.
- To care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household, and to transport family members, friends, or pets as allowed under the order.
There are many things you CAN do! Here are just a few ideas to consider:
- Engage in outdoor activities (walk, run, bike, hike, etc.) as long as you comply with the social distancing requirements.
- Support local restaurants and order carryout or delivery.
- Explore new podcasts, follow your favorite writers and musicians and artists on social media, or take virtual tours of museums and other landmarks.
- Make time to connect with friends and family. A quick call to a loved one provides a welcome connection. Take advantage of free technology resources like Zoom or Skype to set up a web chat or conference call.
- Exercise virtually with friends via a video conference, find a fitness video to follow on YouTube, or practice meditation, yoga or tai chi.
If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with the ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.
Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.
If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.
You can show your support for the Stay Home, Save Lives campaign and help us spread the word by downloading and printing the #StayHomeOC House Sign. Display in your windows or on your front door at home!
Share the Message
The graphics below can be attached to your social media profile and posts indicating that you support staying at home to save lives.
Click the download link to see the full-size image in a new browser tab. Then right-click the graphic to save it. Finally, upload to your favorite social media channel to share this live-saving message with friends and family.
Copy and paste the text below to your favorite social media channels to share with the graphics linked above:
As a community, we can overcome this together. But it’s up to all of us to do our part, Oak Creek. There’s something important you can do to help your friends and neighbors now. Stay home as much as possible. It will save lives.
It’s time to do our part to keep our friends and neighbors safe, #OakCreek. We’re asking everyone in the OC to stay home as much as possible. #StayHomeOC #stayhomemke #stayhomesavelives #saferathome
Do your part to help your friends and neighbors who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. Stay home as much as possible.#StayHomeOC #stayhomemke #stayhomesavelives #saferathome