Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Updated October 22, 2020

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

  • Please see Updates from MATC and answers to Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) below for the latest information.
  • For more information about MATC’s plans for health, safety and learning during COVID-19, see the Stomer Safe + Ready plan at matc.edu/fall.
  • 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  

para Español, visite Coronavirus información - Español

For Sign Language, visit Coronavirus Information - Sign Language

 

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.  

10/22/2020 Thursday Daily Total

Campus Students Employees Vendors/
Contractors
Downtown Milwaukee 0 2 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 2 0
TOTAL 2

 

  For more data, see our dashboard page (link)

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.

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 entry procedures)
  • Individuals’ temperatures are taken (see entry procedures)
  • Employees and students complete training prior to entering campus as required (see entry 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’s responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring the college appropriately responds to the public health emergency
  • Engaging in risk mitigation efforts to control the spread of the disease
  • Ensuring prompt communication with key stakeholders, affected individuals, the campus community and public health agencies

Dr. Veal is uniquely qualified to fill this role as a nurse clinician with experience in community and family health. She holds a Ph.D. and is a Registered Nurse as well as a Board-Certified Advance Practice Nurse. 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 Fall 2020 is available at matc.edu/fall under campus access.

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and need to be tested, your first option is to call your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, see these testing options:

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
  • Family Sharing of Ozaukee - food pantry and retail items: 262-284-3577
  • Local K-12 school districts may be providing free meals to area children. Information on MPS schools offering free meals can be found here.

COVID-19 EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

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

  • The MATC JOBshop has compiled a list of immediate employment opportunities for students. Visit JOBshop: Employment Resources and scroll down to Employment Resources for Students.
  • The State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has expanded unemployment benefits available. The requirement to search for work has been waived during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 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 1-844-488-8395. 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 website. 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.