COVID-19 Information & Resources

Information on COVID – 19

   

CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WI Department of Health Services – COVID-19
Marquette County Website with local information
Wisconsin COVID-19
4.8.20 Marquette County Public Health update

COVID Vaccination:

Supply of the COVID-19 vaccine is limited. We ask for your patience because it will take some time to get everyone vaccinated. That is why we encourage you to remind your community that each of us needs to continue doing our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones. This means taking extra steps to stop the spread of COVID-19 even after vaccination. Now more than ever, it is important that we double down on public health practices because we know they work to stop the spread.

    • Wear your mask
    • Keep 6 feet apart from others, if possible
    • Wash your hands
    • If you are feeling ill or if you may have been exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19, visit DHS’ testing page to learn the different ways you can get tested.

Resources:

AARP Community Connections
Better Business Bureau – report scams / file complaints  or   Federal Trade Commission – File Complaint
Board for People with Developmental Disabilities – toolkit.
Caregiving During COVID-19
Caregiving Resources _COVID-19
Economic impact payments
Family Health La Clinica – COVID-19
Fraud Alert COVID-19
Friendship Line brochure
Guidance for Family Caregivers-3.26.20
Grocery: Do you need help getting groceries?
Internet / computer – low cost options
Lifeline Fact Sheet_REVISED 4-2020
Online Meetings for Drug and Alcohol Dependency
Online WI Support Groups – Alzheimer’s Association
Unemployment – DWD (Department of Workforce Development) ,  DWD – CARES Act  ,   DWD – Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

 

IRS has several online resources to help taxpayers.

  • Free File – prepare and file your federal income tax return for free using tax preparation and filing software.
  • Where’s My Refund? – is an online tool that will track your tax refund. You will need your Social security number or ITIN, your filing status and your exact refund amount to use the tool.
  • Online Payment Agreements – you can apply for a payment plan online to pay off your balance over time.
  • IRS2Go mobile app – Check your refund status, make a payment, find free tax preparation assistance, sign up for helpful tax tips, and more!
  • Online Account – use this tool to view: Your payoff amount, updated for the current calendar day, the balance for each tax year for which you owe, up to 24 months of your payment history and key information from your current tax year return as originally filed.

Additional Information:

Common Questions and Answers About COVID-19 for Older Adults and People with Chronic Health Conditions (https://www.nfid.org/infectious-diseases/common-questions-and-answers-about-covid-19-for-older-adults-and-people-with-chronic-health-conditions/) – From the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, this guide should be a go-to resource for seniors who have questions about covid, including its prevention, emergency warning signs, and treatment.

Seniors’ COVID-19 vaccine consumer guide (https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/12/10/22166175/seniors-coronavirus-covid-vaccine-consumer-guide) – This article gives a great overview about the vaccine options. The bottom line: every adult should get one as soon as possible.

Staying Fit While Staying Home: Exercise for Seniors in Quarantine (https://sonataseniorliving.com/news/staying-fit-while-staying-home-exercise-for-seniors-in-quarantine/) – It’s important for all of us to try to stay active for the sake of our physical and mental health, even if we’re homebound. The ideas and resources in this article offer great suggestions for seniors of all ages and abilities.

Financial help for older adults (https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/older-adults/) – This guide from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers an overview of assistance options for seniors who have experienced financial hardship during the pandemic. It also provides links for further reading on topics like financial planning and fraud prevention.

Reverse Mortgage Calculator (https://www.mortgagecalculator.org/calcs/reverse-mortgage.php) – Many seniors are looking into reverse mortgages to help them free up funds for living expenses or healthcare costs, but it’s important to know what they involve so you can decide if they’re right for you. This tool explains in detail what a reverse mortgage is and helps you calculate what yours could be.

Mental Health and Coping during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic (https://www.hhs.gov/coronavirus/mental-health-and-coping/index.html) – During a crisis, it’s more important than ever to take care of mental health concerns, especially considering how much our emotional health may be impacted in such strange times. This guide will help seniors and others cope with stress, grief, and more during covid.

Socializing in Place: Tips for Older People to Stay Connected and Safe (https://www.everydayhealth.com/coronavirus/socializing-in-place-tips-for-older-people-to-stay-connected-and-safe/) – Social isolation is a bigger concern for home-based seniors than ever. These great tips offer ideas on how older adults can stay connected while remaining socially distant from their loved ones.