Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated June 23, 2022

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.

  • Due to increasing COVID-19 cases on our campuses and in the community as well as an upward trend of hospitalizations, Milwaukee Area Technical College is now encouraging anyone inside any MATC facility to wear a KN95 or N95 mask. 
  • Encouraging masks at this time is in keeping with recommendations from health officials and is not a requirement. However, if cases consistently rise, we would continue to follow guidance from local health departments and may need to return to a mask mandate.
  • This recommendation takes effect immediately and includes Sunday’s 2022 Spring Commencement at 11 a.m. at Fiserv Forum. Masks will be available for students at check-in.
  • Masks must still be worn in the following MATC settings: Children’s Centers (child care), shuttles, vaccine clinics and COVID-19 testing sites.
  • Pathway programs with clinical or other external placements will continue to adhere to the health and safety protocols of the locations where students are placed.
  • Medical/surgical style masks will continue to be available via request and at certain main entry points.
  • New employees will continue to be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Required COVID-19 testing for unvaccinated employees will end Thursday, March 31.
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing and vaccine clinics will end Tuesday, May 31 or sooner based upon demand.
  • The restriction on college-sponsored employee and student organization travel within the United States is lifted. Employees traveling domestically via air for college purposes should follow the MATC travel guidelines. College-sponsored international travel for students and employees will remain restricted for the Spring 2022 academic semester.
  • Employees can start holding in-person meetings while practicing health and safety guidelines available on the myMATC COVID-19 resources page.

MATC Mask Update

 

Student Vaccine Incentive

  • Use Viewpoint to provide your current vaccination status (unvaccinated, vaccinated, one dose of a two-dose vaccine series, and exemption options).

Students: Instructions to Upload Your Vaccine Info (pdf)

  • Employees: You can use the secure Viewpoint system (link) to change your vaccination status if you receive the vaccine. 

    Individual information will be kept confidential by the college’s Public Health Officer and the number of vaccinated individuals will drive decision-making.  

Employees: Instructions to Upload Your Vaccine Info (pdf)


EXPERIENCING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS?

  • If you feel sick, stay home at the first signs of illness (regardless of vaccination status). Do not wait until you feel sick a few days in a row. Continue safety practices such as hand-washing and sanitizing. If you have symptoms, get tested and complete the college’s secure contact form. Continue to use the secure contact form for:
    • Symptoms of COVID-19
    • Positive COVID-19 test results
    • Exposure to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Do not work on campus if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Do not come to work if you have completed a COVID-19 test and are awaiting results.


VACCINE CLINICS

The COVID-19 testing and vaccine clinics at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus have concluded for the semester. Use these resources to locate a free COVID-19 testing site:

To locate COVID-19 vaccine sites:

https://www.vaccines.gov/

Order free COVID-19 home tests:

https://www.covid.gov/tests

 

COVID Conversation


Ongoing HEALTH & SAFETY PRACTICES

  • Stay home at the first signs of illness.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed, complete the college’s secure form immediately. Do not wait until you receive a positive test.
  • Employees, please keep your vaccination status up to date in the Employee Viewpoint, which includes when you receive any booster doses. See this Employee's upload instruction guide and note step 9 on page 5 and the need to combine uploads.
  • Supervisors will be contacted via email by the COVID Response Team if an employee in their area has tested positive. Supervisors are asked to follow the instructions contained in that email, including a preapproved message to be sent to employees working in the area.
    • Public Safety will post signage on the door to those area(s) reporting a positive test. Occupants of that space should remain out of the affected area(s) until cleaning is complete. Facilities staff will sanitize the space and post notice when cleaning is completed on the door sign. Occupants may reenter the space after the sanitizing is completed. If there are concerns about whether an affected space has been sanitized, please contact the campus operations manager.
    • Supervisors should post a sign if a temporary closure is needed (use this template; copy, edit, print and post).
  • If you need support for mental health, take advantage of our free, confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
  • At this time we do not anticipate a change to the Flexible Work Arrangements timeline announced in The Week Ahead.
  • The Health & Safety Committee will monitor local K-12 school district closures/shifts to virtual schooling, evaluate impacts to our employees and provide relevant information to Human Resources.


Updates from MATC  

para Español, visite Coronavirus información - Español

For Sign Language, visit Coronavirus Information - Sign Language 

Stormer Safe & Ready - Spring Plan

Stomer Safe & Ready - Spring Plan (link)

MATC continues to set the safety and health of its community as the highest priority. Please see these additional important items:

  • The Stormer Safe + Ready Spring plan is available online (link)
  • Vaccines are proving to be incredibly effective. MATC is offering small group education sessions regarding COVID-19 and vaccination for departments and students through a community outreach vaccination grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services described below. To arrange a session, contact Dr. Josie Veal.
  • Masks will continue to be available at entrances.
  • Keep it clean. MATC will maintain its enhanced cleaning protocols throughout all of its buildings. Continue washing or sanitizing your hands frequently and staying home when sick.
  • Contact investigations will continue when an individual who has been on an MATC campus tests positive.
  • For employees and managers: Based upon federal law, an employee may choose to share their vaccination status with a supervisor or coworker; however, a supervisor or coworker cannot ask for the status or proof of that status.

COVID Test Results

PCR TESTs are preferred to rapid tests.

Order Free COVID-19 Tests By Mail

To receive four free tests by U.S. mail, visit covidtest.gov for information. Tracking will only be provided if email address is included when requesting a test kit.

You can also request tests. Requests can also be made by phone through the Día de la Mujer Latina COVID-19 Hotline at 281-801-5285 (English) or 281-801-9590 (Español).

How To Use a Self-Test — YouTube

Always complete the Secure Contact Form as soon as possible.

If You Test Negative

A negative test result means that the test used did not find detectable levels of genetic material from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (which causes COVID-19) in your sample.

People infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus sometimes test negative—especially early on. Not finding something doesn’t mean it’s not there. If you are negative AND experiencing symptoms, stay home. Rapid COVID-19 tests can miss the early presence of COVID and this is why a PCR test is the preferred COVID-19 test.

You must always continue to practice applicable COVID-19 safety precautions.

If you are a student or employee who has had a COVID-19 exposure, AND you are not up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations, you must quarantine for 5 full days after the date of exposure. You will be directed to schedule a COVID-19 test immediately (PCR test). If the test result is negative, get tested again 5 days after the last exposure. You will finish out the quarantine and then be able to return to class/work. However, you will need to wear a mask for 10 days after exposure and you must continue to actively monitor your symptoms for a full 14 days, after the date of exposure to the person that tested positive for COVID-19. In any case, you will be given instructions on when and how to return to normal activity by our MATC COVID Contact Tracing team members(s).

If you are up-to-date with your vaccinations, you do not need to quarantine, but should continue to monitor your health and start isolation if you begin showing symptoms. You will be directed to schedule a PCR test on day 5 post exposure. You will need to wear a mask for 10 days after exposure and you must continue to actively monitor your symptoms for a full 14 days, after the date of exposure to the person that tested positive for COVID-19.

If you develop new symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of a recent negative test result you must complete the COVID Contact Tracing form, quarantine away from others, and plan to get a PCR COVID-19 test again.

If your test result is negative AND you’ve had no known exposure, but you have COVID-like symptoms, you likely have a non-COVID respiratory illness. Continue to stay home until your symptoms improve. Continue to practice strategies to help decrease the spread of respiratory illness.

If You Test Positive

A positive COVID-19 test result means the test found detectable levels of genetic material from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (which causes COVID-19) in the sample you provided. If you test positive, you will need to enter isolation for at least 5 days from the date of your positive test or from symptoms onset. Please continue to wear a well-fitted mask for a full ten days after testing positive or the date of symptoms onset.

If you test positive, you must self-isolate regardless of whether you develop symptoms. You can have COVID-19, and possibly spread it to others, without ever showing symptoms. You will also be contacted by the MATC COVID team to identify where you were exposed and confidentially notify your on campus CLOSE CONTACTS that they have had an exposure (contact tracing).

Do not simply return to normal activity after 10 days. You must be cleared by the MATC COVID team.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information & COVID-19 Booster Doses

Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot. Please review the resource pages to identify the timing of when the booster doses are needed.

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WI DHS: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-dose.htm

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

While MATC does not require the vaccine for its students and employees, MATC strongly encourages vaccinations for everyone eligible. The vaccine is safe, effective and widely available.  

MATC Free Vaccination Clinic for the Public

  • Free parking (Eighth and State Street structure): voucher will be provided
  • Open to MATC students, their partner/spouse and children (12 years and older), and the public
  • The vaccines are free of charge
  • If you received your first dose of Pfizer at another site, there is an option to receive your second dose at the on-campus clinic
  • Walk-ins are welcome
  • Vaccine card holders will be provided

Contact Dr. Josie Veal with questions. Share your shot and tag us on social media with the hashtag #MATCVaccinated!

City of Milwaukee Vaccination Clinics

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is offering walk-in vaccine clinics at the Northwest Health Center and Southside Health Center. No appointment is needed and no ID or insurance is required. The clinics are offered Monday through Friday and free parking is available. Language interpretation is available upon request. You can call 414-286-6800 with questions or to speak with a nurse. The City of Milwaukee Health Department also maintains a list of other options for walk-in clinics, mobile clinics, library clinics, and Milwaukee Public School clinics. 

Access to a vaccine should not be an obstacle for someone to get vaccinated. Here are some other easy steps you can take to access the COVID-19 vaccine:

  1. Visit vaccines.gov (English) or vacunas.gov (Spanish) to search and find a vaccine near you. 
  2. Text GETVAX (438829) for English or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish to receive three vaccine sites on your phone within seconds. 
  3. Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline at 1-800-232-0233 for those who prefer to get information via phone call. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Parents

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released updated information regarding COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens. The CDC is encouraging parents to have children and teens 12 years of age and older vaccinated as soon as possible. 

If you are looking for more information about COVID-19 vaccination for children, you can visit the following trusted resources:

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. It is available 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?

There are many organizations providing the vaccine free of charge to individuals. These include primary care physicians, pharmacies, community health clinics, health departments, community vaccinations sites, and employers. 

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:

Weekly COVID-19 Testing on Campus

5/31/2022

The COVID-19 testing and vaccine clinics at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus have concluded for the semester. Use these resources to locate a free COVID-19 testing site:

To locate COVID-19 vaccine sites:

https://www.vaccines.gov/

Order free COVID-19 home tests:

https://www.covid.gov/tests

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.

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

We’re able to accommodate minors, two years of age and older – any minor student will need to have their parent/guardian complete the consent and COA (Conditions of Consent) form. For any minor who is a child of a student/employee, the parent/guardian will need to be present while the testing is performed. COA (Conditions of Admission) Consent- This is only needed IF the participant is UNDER 18. They bring this completed with a guardian signature in addition to the regular consent form.

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 to reduce COVID spread on campus and in the community.

Weekly testing is available at the following locations:

  • Downtown Campus on Tuesdays (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.

COVID-19 RESOURCES IN OTHER LANGUAGES

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has made COVID-19 materials and publications available in several languages and accessible formats. The websites listed below contain information on COVID-19 vaccination, testing, and avoiding illness.

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.

Effective 9/19/21: 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 10 days prior to the positive test result.

6/25/22-6/27/22 Totals

Campus Students Employees Vendors/
Contractors
Downtown Milwaukee 1 2 0
Mequon 0 0 0
Oak Creek 0 0 0
West Allis 1 1 0
Education Center at Walker's Square 0 0 0
Subtotal 2 3 0
TOTAL 5

COVID-19 Key Indicators: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fjEKL3s4LMPlaCpAzUC3P1Ba0yq84zk/edit

Milwaukee County (as of 6/23/22)
Cases: Yellow
Test Positivity: Red
Care: Green
Vaccination: Yellow

MATC Data as of 5/16/22
Cases: Red
Tracing: Green
PPE/Supplies: Green
Stakeholders: Green

For more data, see our dashboard page (link)

COVID-19 Resources and Reminders

  • Beginning August 9, all employees, students, contractors and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors at all MATC campuses and facilities including the shuttle van. Masks will continue to be available at entrances.
  • Stay home when you are sick. MATC continues to advise a 14-day quarantine for those who are exposed or test positive for COVID-19. The CDC has detailed guidance on when to quarantine.
  • 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.
  • Report violations of COVID-19 protocols via the Speak Up For Safety Incident Report form.
  • Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated. If you are not fully vaccinated and must travel, follow CDC’s recommendations for unvaccinated people. People who are fully vaccinated can travel safely within the United States.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In addition to completing the secure contact form, employees should contact Human Resources at employeecovid@matc.edu. If you are an employee and a student informs you they have tested positive for COVID-19 or potentially been exposed, notify studentcovidresponse@matc.edu.
  • Learn more about the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of a close contact for reporting purposes.

COVID-19 Leadership at MATC

MATC has leadership in place to manage the college’s public health response to the pandemic. Dr. Josie Veal manages the college’s public health response.

Dr. Veal can be reached by email at vealj@matc.edu or by phone at (414) 297-8095.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 FAQs

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 or employee who tested positive or was exposed to COVID-19. What should 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. Students should also email studentcovidresponse@matc.edu. If you are an employee, contact Human Resources at employeecovid@matc.edu. You will be contacted immediately for next steps. If you are an employee and 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 do not receive a response within 24 hours, please contact Dr. Josie Veal at vealj@matc.edu or (414) 297-8095.

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.
  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
  • Maintain 6 feet between you and other people if you are not vaccinated, immunocompromised, or at high risk for COVID-19 complications.
  • 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.

I am experiencing more stress since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Where can I get help?

The college has a team of licensed professional counselors (LPCs) available in the Student Resource Center. 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 CareerHub (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

How do I access IT help?

  • 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 414-297-6541 and leave a voicemail message.

I’m a current student that needs assistance to take classes online. Where can I get assistance with technology?

  • MATC has a limited number of WiFi hot spots available for Summer and Fall 2022 students who have no other way to access the internet. To apply for a hot spot, complete the Hot Spot Application. If you qualify, you will receive further instructions from MATC’s Bookstore team via email at studenttechassistance@matc.edu.
  • MATC has a limited number of Chromebooks available for students for the Summer and Fall 2022 semester. Please complete the Chromebook Application.

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 email 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?

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.