Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated January 11, 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.

  • 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 before entering any MATC campus.
  • Additional updates from MATC and answers to Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) can also be found below.
  • 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).
  • Additional resources and past updates can be found in the right-hand menu, or at the bottom of the page if you’re using a mobile device.

Updates from MATC  

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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.  

01/14/2021 Thursday Daily Total

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

For more data, see our dashboard page (link)

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. Employees and students working or attending class on campus can complete COVID-19 testing on campus.

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 beginning January 14, 2021
  • Downtown Campus beginning Tuesday, January 19 and continuing weekly each Monday after that (starting Monday, January 25)

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The college is working with local health officials to facilitate access to the COVID-19 vaccine. 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. We encourage everyone to continue taking steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 by using handwashing, wearing a mask, and social distancing.

In the interim, 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).

All individuals are encouraged to seek the vaccine when they become eligible, though the vaccine is not currently mandatory. Vaccination is expected to help achieve herd immunity, in which a sufficient number of people are protected from the virus that causes COVID-19. The CDC offers detailed information about all the steps taken to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines.

About the Vaccines

The Moderna vaccine must be administered in two doses separated by 28 days. While some people will not have any side effects from the vaccine, others may experience mild symptoms. Find more information about these side effects and read more FAQs.

The Pfizer vaccine must be administered in two doses separated by 21 days. While some people will not have any side effects from the vaccine, others may experience mild symptoms. Find more information about these side effects and read more FAQs.

Additional Vaccine Resources

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.