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Coronavirus Disease 2019

What is COVID-19 and coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it can cause severe illness and pnemonia in some people. COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Providene, China that began spreading in people in December 2019. It is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. 

 How does the virus spread? is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus was first identified during an outbreak in China and has since spread to many other countries, including the United States. The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

 What is public health doing about COVID-19? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is actively responding to both the national and global outbreak. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and the United States. The Cudahy Health Department continues to work with DHS to monitor the outbreak and is ready to implement public health recommendations.

 Has there been any cases in Cudahy? There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in Cudahy.  The Cudahy Health Department continues to work with DHS to monitor the outbreak and is ready to implement public health recommendations.

 How can I find out more information?

Additional COVID-19 resources 

 What can I do to stay healthy?

The best way to stay healthy is to take everyday preventive actions:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water 
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, sleeve, or your arm
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
  • How to Stay Healthy Handout

Influenza continues to be the biggest current public health concern in Wisconsin.  We encourage all Cudahy residents to get a flu shot to protect themselves and their families from seasonal influenza. The Health Department has flu vaccine available for some individuals; contact us at (414)769-2239 for more information. Your primary doctor and most pharmacies can also provide the vaccine.



The Cudahy Health Department announced the launch of a multi-faceted reproductive health program to increase access to reproductive health services, education and counseling. The Wisconsin themed reproductive health campaign is one element of this programing. Higher rates of STI’s occur within certain populations; therefore, the campaign will primarily exist in local bars to target individuals in their 20’s and 30’s.  The campaign’s graphics will be placed on coasters and posters and are designed to be simple, to the point and humorous, to quickly engage bar goers on a busy weekend night. Access to services for reproductive health needs is a gap in Milwaukee County particularly in the South Shore area. The services offered at the Cudahy Health Department will help to address this gap.  
3/23/20 Press Release: Cudahy Health Department Positive COVID-19 Cases

8/14/19 Press Release: 

Opioid Epidemic Across the South Shore Press Release
Journel Sentinel Article on Innovative Approach to fighting Opioid Crisis

Our Vision

      Health for all who live, work and play in Cudahy. Committed to a Healthier Cudahy.

Our Mission

The mission of the Cudahy Health Department is to protect and promote the overall health and wellbeing of the community by recognizing the unique values and needs of our diverse population.

Health Officer
Katie Lepak, MS 

The Cudahy Health Department is committed to helping Cudahy become a healthier community.  We provide various services related to health to all Cudahy residents.  If you have any questions, comments, or would like to learn more about the services the health department offers, please contact us Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM (No holidays). 
We look forward to seeing you out in the community!

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Cudahy Health Department

5050 South Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
Phone: (414) 769-2239
After hours phone: (414) 769-2260
Fax: (414)-769-2291

If there is a public health emergency after regular business hours please call:
Cudahy Dispatch Center (414) 769-2260.
Ask that the Health Department Personnel contact you.

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