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A number of organizations have contacted Racine County Eye to notify us of canceled events and closures. To help keep you informed, we’ll be compiling a list. So check back often. And if you or someone you know needs to cancel their event, they can fill out this canceled event and closure form.

We’ll also be doing a round-up daily of what’s going on with COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

The virus spreads mainly from person to person. Originating in China, health experts have signaled concern because little is known about the virus. It can cause severe illness and pneumonia in some individuals. Symptoms — which can be mild to severe — may appear two to 14 days after exposure. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC.

Health officials say early interventions can help slow the spread of the disease.

Here’s the video from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Canceled events and closures list

City of Racine

City officials say the outbreak and public response is “extremely fluid” and they are preparing for multiple scenarios that could impact city operations.

As a City, we need to be as adaptive as possible to make sure we mitigate the impacts of coronavirus. The safety of our residents and employees is paramount. We know that the steps we are asking residents to take are inconveniences to their daily routines, but ultimately it is the best way to reduce the impact of COVID-19 across the community,” said Mayor Cory Mason. “I encourage all of our residents to take this very seriously and to please take the necessary precautions to keep your family safe.”

This includes:

  • Dr. John Bryant Community Center
  • Tyler-Domer Community Center
  • Humble Park Community Center
  • Cesar Chavez Community Center
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Center
  • Racine Public Library
  • The Library will be open on Saturday, March 14th, from 11 am-4 pm

 The Racine Zoo is closed for two weeks.

The Racine Public Health Department Clinic made the following changes

  • STD/ HIV Testing availability will be reduced to Monday from 8-5:30 & Wednesday from 8-4:30
  • No distribution of Pack n’ Plays
  • No Car Seat inspections/distribution
  • Scheduled Immunizations will be completed but new appointments will not be scheduled at this time.

Environmental Health Department has made the following changes to service:

  • Emergency Heat and Water calls will be responded within 24 hours.
  • Retail and Housing Complaints will be handled according to the severity of compliant.
  • Retail and Housing Inspections will be handled according to personnel availability.

Where to find free meals and services in Racine.


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Department of Health Services Cancels Schools statewide

On March 13, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm, under the direction of Governor Tony Evers, issued an order closing schools effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, with an anticipated reopening on April 6, 2020. Additionally, Secretary-Designee Palm’s press release goes on to clarify the order goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. on March 18.

“The safety and health of our students, educators, and families remain of the highest importance. When considering the length of school closures, we are asking our local school districts and local health departments to be in close coordination in making these decisions,” Palm said.

United Way of Racine County closes VITA sites, suspends Schools of Hope program

Effective immediately, all VITA sites are closed until further notice. These sites are located at Gateway Technical College (1001 S, Main St), Case High School (7345 Washington Ave), Workforce Solutions (1717 Taylor Ave), Knapp Elementary (2701 17th St), Racine Public Library Please ( 75 7th St). As a reminder, every household with a simple return can file their federal and state taxes for free at MyFreeTaxes.com.

Starting Monday, March 16th, City of Racine Community Centers and the Racine Public Library will be closed. With the announcement from the Governor late this afternoon that schools will be closing, the City and the Public Library, in an effort to prevent the congregation of large numbers of students which and prevent the spread of Covid-19, have jointly decided to close those facilities. A date for them to reopen has not yet been established.

Our Schools of Hope sites will also be closed until further notice. Schools of Hope does programming at Wadewitz, Knapp, Julian Thomas, Olympia Brown, and Waller Elementary Schools.

Restrictions placed on long-term care facilities

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) issued important recommendations to all long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs) in Wisconsin. Older and medically vulnerable adults have significantly increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19, necessitating that we take all reasonable efforts to prevent the introduction of this infectious disease into residential care facilities.

These recommendations apply to facilities caring for patients who are elderly and/or have chronic medical conditions placing them at high risk of severe complications of COVID-19. This guidance will be evaluated and updated 30 days from issuance.

To protect the most vulnerable Wisconsin residents from serious harm, DHS recommends following the actions detailed in the memo released today.

Here is a list of events that are canceled.

What is the name of the event you are canceling?What was the date of the event?What are other dates was your event scheduled?Where was the location of the event?What is the name of your organization?Will it be rescheduled?Who is a good contact for your organization if someone has questions?Email Address
The church is completely closed until March 31.3/15/2020March 13-31, 2020Cov Pres, 40 Ohio Street, Racine WiCovenant Presbyterian ChurchNokmiller@covpres.orgkmiller@covpres.org
On-site Worship Services3/15/2020All events 3-15 through 3-208440 Spring St.Racine Community ChurchMaybeRich Doeringrdoering1@gmail.com
Jazz Week3/16/2020UW-Parkside, The RitaUW-ParksideYesboxoffice@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Public access to RAMAC office, 300 Fifth St.3/16/2020To be determined300 Fifth St.Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC)YesAnna Clementi 262-634-1931paulh_wi@yahoo.com
Palestinian Women & Muslim Family Law since 19203/17/2020UW-Parkside Student CenterUW-ParksideMaybebakkila@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Men’s Support Group3/18/202004/15/2020Ascension All SaintsAlzheimer’s AssociationNoRod Humpalrod.humpal@pt-78.com
Kiwanis Club of West Racine March 18, 25 meetings3/18/2020March 25Ascension All Saints Campus, 3821 Spring St., RacineKiwanis Club of West RacineNoMike Mucha, 262-721-7996paulh_wi@yahoo.com
Spring musical “Once Upon A Mattress”3/19/2020St. Catherine’s High SchoolSt. Catherine’s High SchoolMaybeKimberly Gardner (PS, musical runs March 19-22…couldn’t put in multiple dates)kgardner@sienacatholicschools.org
EcoFest Racine3/21/2020N/AGateway Technical College Racine Campus – 1001 S. Main Street, RacineGateway Technical CollegeNoAbbie Ford – forda@gtc.eduforda@gtc.edu
Adjusting my Crown:3/21/2020n/aGateway Tech CollegeResilient by Design Healing & ConsultingYesOlivia Osborne – 262-995-5742resilienthealing3@gmail.com
Raising HOPES with Talent3/21/2020noneSiena CenterHOPES Center of RacineYesScott MetzelScott Metzel <smetzel@hopescenter.org>
Open Door Event3/21/202003/21/2020Memorial HallRacine Literacy CouncilYesLaura Sumner Coonlscfamily@sbcglobal.net
The Divine Order3/22/2020UW-Parkside Student CenterUW-ParksideNoboxoffice@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Parkside Athletics Womens Softball3/24/2020March 29, April 1, April 5, April 8, April 10Case Softball ComplexUW-ParksideNoelliotr@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Veterans Chamber Muster- Greenfield, WI3/26/2020Greenfield, WIWisconsin Veterans Chamber of CommerceYesegagnon@wiveteranschamber.orgegagnon@wiveteranschamber.org
Parkside Athletics Mens Baseball3/27/2020April 3, April 4, April 5Historic Simmons FieldUW-ParksideNoelliotr@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Veterans in the Workforce Luncheon- Janesville, WI3/31/2020Janesville, WIWisconsin Veterans Chamber of CommerceYesegagnon@wiveteranschamber.orgegagnon@wiveteranschamber.org
Dr. Michael Hansen: Illusions of Power and Prosperity? A U.S. American’s Visual Journey through Eastern Europe3/31/2020UW-Parkside Student CenterUW-ParksideNobakkila@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
RAMAC Annual Dinner4/2/2020noneFestival Hall, 5 Fifth St.Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC)YesAnna Clementi, 262-634-1931paulh_wi@yahoo.com
Parkside Brass Ensemble and Flute Ensemble, Free Noon Concert4/3/2020N/ABedford Concert Hall, The RitaUW-ParksideNoboxoffice@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Parkside Theatre: Romeo and Juliet4/3/2020N/AThe Rita, Main Stage TheatreUW-ParksideNoboxoffice@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Parkside Computer Science 40th Anniversary Event4/4/2020N/AUW-Parkside BallroomUW-ParksideNowilliaa2@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Foreign Film Series: Secret Ingredient4/5/2020April 2-5UW-Parkside, Student Center CinemaUW-ParksideNoboxoffice@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Music: Parkside Range4/9/2020N/ABedford Concert Hall, The RitaUW-ParksideNoboxoffice@uwp.edumackenzt@uwp.edu
Beer and Bacon Walk4/11/2020noDowntown RacineDowntown Racine CorporationYesevents@racinedowntown.comkkruse@racinedowntown.com

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The air is finally crisp. The leaves are starting to turn. Apples are ready for picking. Fall is in full swing in Southeastern Wisconsin. However, this season wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a local apple orchard. In Racine County, there are five different apple orchards to visit. 1. Apple Holler Apple Holler, 5006 South […]

Blowout: Franklin puts together statement win over Kenosha Bradford/Reuther Co-Op 42-3

Yes, Franklin looked superb in beating Kenosha Bradford/Reuther Co-Op, but no autographs please after its 42-3 victory in Wisconsin high school football on September 24. In recent action on September 10, Kenosha Bradford/Reuther Co-Op faced off against Oak Creek and Franklin took on Racine Park on September 10 at Franklin High School. For a full recap, click […]

City Holding Off On COVID Booster Shots

RACINE – The City of Racine Public Health Department announced Friday that is opting to hold off on offering COVID-19 booster shots until it receives guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). That information is expected in the upcoming weeks. Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use […]

Carthage College Welcomes Largest Incoming Class

Incoming students at Carthage College have set a new record as the largest incoming class. The class of 2021 was able to participate in their orientation in person. The orientation schedule filled the three day Labor Day weekend. After moving into the residence halls, students gathered with their families for two community welcome sessions on Sept. 4 […]

Former Franklin School Bricks For Sale

Racine Unified School District is selling bricks from Franklin School. Community members are welcome to purchase a piece of Racine’s history. The school was built in the 19th-century using cream city bricks in 1870. Franklin School was remodeled in 1899 and later expanded in 1921. Most recently, this building housed Walden III middle and high […]

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.