Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated March 4, 2021

On this page you will find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how MATC is responding. MATC is committed to the health and safety of students and employees as well as student success during this challenging time. As a college community, we are all in this together.

  • MATC employees can find information about accessing the COVID-19 vaccine below under COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION.
  • Students can access virtual student support services at matc.edu/gethelp.
  • All students, employees and guests must complete the health affirmation at affirm.matc.edu (guests use affirm.matc.edu/guest) before entering any MATC campus.
  • For more information about MATC’s plans for health, safety and learning during COVID-19, see the Stomer Safe + Ready plan at matc.edu/spring.
  • If you don't see the answers you need, click Ask A Question at right (desktop) or below (mobile).

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COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The college is working with local health officials to facilitate access to the COVID-19 vaccine. All individuals are encouraged to seek the vaccine when they become eligible, though the vaccine is not currently mandatory. The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as large quantities are available. However, not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away. You can visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website to find out who is currently eligible for the vaccine. We encourage everyone to continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 by using handwashing, wearing a mask, and social distancing.

Special COVID-19 Vaccine Update for MATC Employees

MATC is partnering with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) to facilitate access to the COVID-19 vaccine for MATC employees. While the college does not require employees to be vaccinated, it is strongly recommended, and MATC encourages all employees to take advantage of this opportunity.

MATC employees can access the COVID-19 vaccine through this partnership by completing the following steps:

  1. Complete this two-question survey by Tuesday, March 9, including contact information in question #2.
  2. When you receive an email from MCW, follow the instructions to make a vaccination appointment for March 17-19.
  3. Take your MATC ID badge with you to your appointment to verify your employment.

Please note that the final question on the survey is required in order to receive the vaccine - this information will be provided to MCW. MCW will review eligibility and contact MATC employees directly by email using the information provided in the survey responses in order to schedule appointments from March 17-19. Employees must choose their vaccination time and date. Employees should take their MATC ID badge to their vaccine appointment.

The survey will assist in determining how many MATC employees are interested in receiving the vaccine. Even if you are not interested in receiving the vaccine through the MATC-MCW partnership, MATC requests that all employees complete the survey to help estimate future vaccine needs.

The state of Wisconsin has set the following criteria for vaccine eligibility as of March 1:

  • Higher education: Faculty and staff in higher education settings who have direct student contact.
  • Child care: All staff in regulated child care, public and private school programs, out-of-school time programs, virtual learning support, and community learning center programs.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing on Campus

Diagnostic testing is done to find out if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019, more commonly known as COVID-19. Testing is open to all current MATC students, staff, and faculty. Register now.

Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms cannot be tested at the MATC sites and are encouraged to use these testing locations.

COVID-19 testing not only provides a diagnosis, it allows for earlier detection, timelier quarantine, and more responsive contact tracing. COVID-19 testing is an additional mechanism – used in combination with masks, social distancing and handwashing – to reduce COVID spread on campus and in the community.

Find more detail about MATC COVID-19 Testing Guidelines to prepare for getting tested on campus.

Weekly testing will be available at the following locations:

  • Oak Creek Campus on Thursdays
  • Downtown Campus on Mondays (parking is available at 8th and State for students and employees scheduled for a test; pick up a voucher at the Public Safety office on the second floor of the M Building)

Please note that once supplies have been exhausted for the day, it may necessitate an early closure of the testing site.

Dashboard: COVID-19 Cases at MATC

This chart shows the number of times MATC has activated its COVID-19 contact investigation protocol. These numbers are based on self reporting of students, employees and contractors.

The contact investigation protocol is activated when a person who has been on campus reports a positive COVID-19 test result and has been on campus 14 days prior to the positive test result.  

03/05/2021 Friday Daily Total

Campus Students Employees Vendors/
Contractors
Downtown Milwaukee 0 0 0
Mequon 1 1 0
Oak Creek 0 0 0
West Allis 0 0 0
Education Center at Walker's Square 0 0 0
Subtotal 1 1 0
TOTAL 2

For more data, see our dashboard page (link)

Common Questions About the COVID-19 Vaccine

Why should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccine can protect you, your family, and our college community from the COVID-19 virus. It is the best tool to keep you and your family healthy. At 95% efficacy, the vaccine is extraordinarily effective at protecting you from the virus. The sooner people are fully protected against COVID-19, the faster we will slow the virus, and we’ll be able to move forward and get back to normal. There is no need to worry about the cost of the vaccine - it will be offered to everyone free of charge.

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe?

The COVID-19 vaccine is very safe. The vaccine was developed through groundbreaking partnerships between leading medical experts in America, some from right here in Wisconsin. The process for approving the vaccine was transparent and rigorous, with continual oversight from medical experts and final approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Experts at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the FDA continue to track the safety of the vaccine.

Where can I access the COVID-19 vaccine when I become eligible?

There are many organizations providing the vaccine free of charge to individuals as they become eligible. These include primary care physicians, pharmacies, community health clinics, health departments, community vaccinations sites, and employers. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides a map of vaccination sites.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine have side effects?

Common side effects include fever, chills, body aches, and soreness at the injection site. These side effects are normal - they are a sign that your body is building protection from the virus. These common side effects go away in a few days.The likelihood of a severe side effect from the COVID-19 vaccine is less than 0.5%.

Why do I need two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine?

Depending on the manufacturer, some versions of the COVID-19 require one dose and some require two doses. For the COVID-19 vaccines that require two doses, those doses must be separated by a few weeks to get the best protection from the virus. The first shot helps your body recognize the virus and gets your immune system ready, and the second shot actually gives you a boost of immunity. It is very important to read the information and disclosures provided when you receive the vaccine and follow the instructions regarding whether you need to schedule an appointment for a second dose.

Where can I find more information about the COVID-19 vaccine?

Continue to seek answers to your questions regarding the vaccine from reliable sources such as your healthcare provider or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Here are some additional trusted resources for information about the COVID-19 vaccine:

COVID-19 Resources and Reminders

  • Stay home, especially when sick; wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth; physically distance yourself at least six feet from others; wash hands frequently and clean high-touch surfaces.
  • If you have been on campus and have tested positive or have had exposure to someone who tested positive, use the MATC secure contact form. Do not come to campus until you receive further instructions.
  • MATC continues to advise a 14-day quarantine for those who are exposed or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Report violations of COVID-19 protocols via the Speak Up For Safety Incident Report form.
  • Travel can increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Before you travel, learn if COVID-19 cases are high or increasing in your community or your destination, as well as whether hospitals in these locations are overwhelmed with patients who have COVID-19. For more travel considerations see the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention recommendations for Domestic Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has launched the Wisconsin Exposure Notification app. The app can help you protect yourself and the college community by sending and receiving updates about possible exposure. This fact sheet contains instructions for downloading the app on iPhone and Android devices.
  • OPTUM is providing a free, emotional support helpline available to anyone at 866-342-6892. Caring professionals will connect people to resources 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
  • MATC has partnered with Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network to provide a free virtual visit to full-time and part-time students. Use service key MATC and show your student ID during an online visit.

 

COVID-19 Reporting Procedures

The college has implemented protocols to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and ensure the appropriate members of the campus community are notified of a positive COVID-19 case and/or potential exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • If you have been on campus and have tested positive or have had exposure to someone who tested positive, use the MATC secure contact form.
  • If a student informs you that they have tested positive for COVID-19 or has potentially been exposed, please direct the student to complete this new contact form. You should also email studentcovidresponse@matc.edu.
  • If an employee informs you they have tested positive, please direct the the employee to complete the new contact form. You should also contact Human Resources at employeecovid@matc.edu.
  • Remember, all students, employees and guests must complete the health affirmation at affirm.matc.edu before entering a campus.
  • Learn more about the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of a close contact for reporting purposes.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

  • Masks must be worn on campuses at all times by employees, students and contractors; this includes outdoor spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained. A face shield is an additional protection option (available upon request) but is not a substitute for a mask
  • Building access is limited to designated, staffed entrances (see campus access procedures)
  • Individuals’ temperatures are taken (see campus access procedures)
  • Employees and students complete training prior to entering campus as required (see campus access procedures)
  • Classes are taught with social distancing and protective equipment including a mask that covers the nose and mouth
  • Enhanced OSHA-compliant cleaning protocols are used
  • Plexiglass barriers in high-traffic areas and hand sanitizer stations have been installed
  • Cleaning wipes and antibacterial stations are made available throughout the college; employees and students are asked to use these and wipe down areas they touch
  • Procedures are used to report positive tests and for contact investigation (see above)
  • Individuals on campus are required to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including a mask covering their nose and mouth
  • These risk mitigation strategies will be continually reassessed and adjusted based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and local public health agencies

COVID-19 Leadership at MATC

MATC has leadership in place to manage the college’s public health response to the pandemic. Dr. Josie Veal has been appointed to manage the college’s public health response through the current academic year. Dr. Veal can be reached by email at vealj@matc.edu or by phone at (414) 297-8095.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 FAQs

Are MATC campuses open during the COVID-19 pandemic?

MATC campuses are open for necessary employees, students attending in person courses, and current or future students needing access to on-campus services. Until further notice, MATC campuses remain closed to the general public. More information about campus access for Spring 2021 is available at matc.edu/spring under campus access.

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

See new weekly on-campus testing options above. MATC testing sites cannot test those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms and need to be tested, please call your doctor or find additional testing options in the City of Milwaukee or statewide.

I’m a student who tested positive or was exposed to COVID-19. What do I do?

If you test positive for COVID-19, or have been told by someone outside of MATC that you have been exposed to COVID-19, complete this new contact form. You should also email studentcovidresponse@matc.edu. You will be contacted immediately for next steps.

If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Dr. Josie Veal at vealj@matc.edu or (414) 297-8095.

I’m an employee, and my student or staff person tested positive or believes they have been exposed. What do I do?

If a student informs you that they have tested positive for COVID-19, please direct the student to complete this new contact form. You should also email studentcovidresponse@matc.edu.

If an employee informs you they have tested positive, please direct the employee to complete the new contact form. You should also contact Human Resources at employeecovid@matc.edu.

If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Dr. Josie Veal at vealj@matc.edu or (414) 297-8095.

If you feel ill, do not report to work and contact your supervisor prior to the start of the work day to report your absence. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please complete the new contact form.

How does the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) affect leave for employees impacted by COVID-19?

  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is new federal legislation which may apply to those employees who are unavailable to work as a result of a qualifying COVID-19 reason.
  • FFCRA provides expanded Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave and emergency paid sick leave. The law is in effect from April 1-December 31. Please visit the Department of Labor website to see a summary of these leave options.
  • For additional information regarding leave under the FFCRA, please contact Human Resources at employeecovid@matc.edu.
  • Please be reminded that our existing FMLA leave policy and other college leave policies still apply to all other leave beyond that covered by the FFCRA.

I am a faculty member, where can I obtain personal protective equipment (PPE)?

PPE and plexiglass can be ordered using this form and the college suggests ordering supplies for a 2 week period.

If you need additional hand sanitizers or other supplies, please send an email to Milwaukee Campus Operations at milwaukee-campus-operations@matc.edu.

How can I help stop the spread of COVID-19?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Maintain 6 feet between you and other people.
  • Face coverings are required in all campus spaces and must cover your mouth and nose.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze into your flexed elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands immediately.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when ill or if other family members are ill.
  • Monitor yourself for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other signs of respiratory infection.
  • Consult your healthcare provider if symptoms develop.

More information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 can be found at the following links:

How can I stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I am very stressed about the COVID-19 pandemic. Where can I get help?

The college has a team of three licensed professional counselors (LPCs) available in the Student Resource Center - Carlos Aranda, Kate Cunningham, and Christine Litwin. To reach the counselors, email counseling@matc.edu.

If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please call 911, or contact the following:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Milwaukee County Crisis Services: 414-257-7222
  • COPE Hotline--Ozaukee County crisis and supportive listening line: 262-377-2673
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

Other resources in Milwaukee and Ozaukee Counties:

  • IMPACT 211 - Housing, shelter, mental health, and other support resources
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center - Shelter & resources for victims of domestic abuse: 414-933-2722
  • Advocates of Ozaukee - Shelter & resources for victims of domestic abuse: 262-284-3577
  • Local K-12 school districts may be providing free meals to area children. Milwaukee Public Schools are offering free breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Stop, Grab & Go locations. 
COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

What if I have lost a job due to COVID-19?

  • The MATC Career Hub (formerly JOBshop) offers resources to help students find employment opportunities. Visit CareerHub (formerly JOBshop) | MATC.
  • The State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has expanded unemployment benefits available. You can apply online for unemployment benefits.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT DURING COVID-19

Is the IT Helpdesk still available?

  • MATC information technology staff continues to provide support to students and employees with technology questions through the MATC Help Desk. To receive the fastest response, please email helpdesk@matc.edu. You can also call Call 414-297-6541 and leave a voicemail message.

I’m a current student but I don’t have a laptop at home to take classes online. Where can I get assistance with technology?

When will I receive a Chromebook if I have already applied for one?

  • The technology assistance team is hard at work processing Chromebook applications, and shipping Chromebooks directly to students. Please be patient as they work through a large volume of requests.
  • Students who qualified for a Chromebook will receive a shipping notice will be emailed directly from UPS to the email address the student listed in their application. It may take several days for the UPS website to show the estimated delivery date. If you have questions or concerns about your application, please contact studenttechassistance@matc.edu.

How do I use my Chromebook once I receive it?

How can I obtain internet access at home if I don’t already have it?

  • Several companies are offering free internet access. Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription, at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 844-310-1198. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
  • Additional free or low-cost offers from internet service providers can be found on the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. This website also includes a map of public Wi-Fi locations in Wisconsin.

Where can I find help using Blackboard?

  • If you are a student, please view this Blackboard Support tutorial for help using Blackboard to access your classes online.
  • If you are a faculty member, please visit the Faculty Blackboard Support page for tutorials and training resources.