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‘The numbers are stark,’ Kenosha County medical examiner says

KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall is strongly urging the public to stay home and avoid gatherings during the holidays. The impetus for her pleas? An increased case volume in her office in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The numbers are stark,” said Hall, whose office handles death investigations and signs […]

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KCDHS updates committee members on efforts to combat systemic racism in Kenosha County

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Since declaring racism a public health crisis in August, many have wondered what Kenosha County is doing to continually combat systemic racism. Division of Health Director John Jansen described steps the county has taken at a Human Services Committee meeting Tuesday night. These steps include the creation of the Kenosha County Racial […]

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Kenosha County officials working on local COVID-19 vaccine distribution

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ On Tuesday, county officials announced plans for the first phase of local distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, which began nationally Monday. However, the general public can expect to have to wait to receive the vaccine until the second or third quarter of 2021.  Collaborative effort The county’s Tuesday announcement stated the county […]

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Schools should switch to virtual learning, Kenosha health officer says

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County officials are recommending that local schools move to virtual-only instruction until January due to COVID-19. Kenosha County Health Officer Jen Freiheit is “strongly recommending that all schools within the county ⏤ K-12, colleges and universities ⏤ switch to virtual instruction.” She calls for the virtual period to last from Nov. […]

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Kenosha County backs shorter quarantine for some COVID-19 close contacts

The Kenosha County Division of Health will support a new, shortened 10-day quarantine time for symptom-free individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said Monday. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance that the 14-day quarantine length for close contacts […]

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Kenosha County recommends 10-day quarantine protocol for symptom-free COVID-19 contacts

KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Kenosha County Division of Health Monday unveiled a new 10-day isolation period protocol for those exposed to COVID-19. However, the 10-day quarantine window only applies to those who are symptom-free. Those who show symptoms are encouraged to follow the 14-day quarantine protocol. “Kenosha County supports the 10-day quarantine for close contacts, […]

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University of Wisconsin-Parkside staff member positive for COVID-19

SOMERS – A University of Wisconsin-Parkside staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the university, and the Kenosha County Division of Health announced Wednesday. The staff member is in isolation per Wisconsin Department of Health Services‘ recommendation. The Kenosha County Division of Health is currently working with UW-Parkside to assist in identifying and […]

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Kenosha health officials encourage compliance with Evers’ new order

The message from Kenosha County officials is clear: Follow Gov. Tony Evers’ new COVID-19 emergency order. In a release issued Wednesday, the Kenosha County Division of Health strongly urged residents and businesses to comply with the statewide order.  The order notably limits “public gatherings, prohibiting groups larger than 25 percent of an indoor space’s occupancy […]

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COVID-19 cases reach record levels in smaller Racine County communities

RACINE COUNTY – County officials Thursday urged residents to follow recommendations for preventing COVID-19 virus transmission after seeing a sharp spike in new cases during September. Jurisdictions covered by the Central Racine County Health Department (CRCHD) are now in the “very high risk” category. The CRCHD covers the Villages of Caledonia, Mount Pleasant, North Bay, […]