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.
- 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.
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.||3/15/2020||March 13-31, 2020||Cov Pres, 40 Ohio Street, Racine Wi||Covenant Presbyterian Church||Noemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|On-site Worship Services||3/15/2020||All events 3-15 through 3-20||8440 Spring St.||Racine Community Church||Maybe||Rich Doeringemail@example.com|
|Jazz Week||3/16/2020||UW-Parkside, The Rita||UW-Parkside||Yesfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|Public access to RAMAC office, 300 Fifth St.||3/16/2020||To be determined||300 Fifth St.||Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC)||Yes||Anna Clementi firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Palestinian Women & Muslim Family Law since 1920||3/17/2020||UW-Parkside Student Center||UW-Parkside||Maybeemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Men’s Support Group||3/18/2020||04/15/2020||Ascension All Saints||Alzheimer’s Association||No||Rod Humpalemail@example.com|
|Kiwanis Club of West Racine March 18, 25 meetings||3/18/2020||March 25||Ascension All Saints Campus, 3821 Spring St., Racine||Kiwanis Club of West Racine||No||Mike Mucha, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Spring musical “Once Upon A Mattress”||3/19/2020||St. Catherine’s High School||St. Catherine’s High School||Maybe||Kimberly Gardner (PS, musical runs March 19-22…couldn’t put in multiple dates)||email@example.com|
|EcoFest Racine||3/21/2020||N/A||Gateway Technical College Racine Campus – 1001 S. Main Street, Racine||Gateway Technical College||No||Abbie Ford – firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|Adjusting my Crown:||3/21/2020||n/a||Gateway Tech College||Resilient by Design Healing & Consulting||Yes||Olivia Osborne – firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Raising HOPES with Talent||3/21/2020||none||Siena Center||HOPES Center of Racine||Yes||Scott Metzel||Scott Metzel <email@example.com>|
|Open Door Event||3/21/2020||03/21/2020||Memorial Hall||Racine Literacy Council||Yes||Laura Sumner Coonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Divine Order||3/22/2020||UW-Parkside Student Center||UW-Parkside||Noemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parkside Athletics Womens Softball||3/24/2020||March 29, April 1, April 5, April 8, April 10||Case Softball Complex||UW-Parkside||Noemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Veterans Chamber Muster- Greenfield, WI||3/26/2020||Greenfield, WI||Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Parkside Athletics Mens Baseball||3/27/2020||April 3, April 4, April 5||Historic Simmons Field||UW-Parkside||Noemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Veterans in the Workforce Luncheon- Janesville, WI||3/31/2020||Janesville, WI||Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce||Yesemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Dr. Michael Hansen: Illusions of Power and Prosperity? A U.S. American’s Visual Journey through Eastern Europe||3/31/2020||UW-Parkside Student Center||UW-Parkside||Noemail@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|RAMAC Annual Dinner||4/2/2020||none||Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St.||Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce (RAMAC)||Yes||Anna Clementi, email@example.com|
|Parkside Brass Ensemble and Flute Ensemble, Free Noon Concert||4/3/2020||N/A||Bedford Concert Hall, The Rita||UW-Parkside||Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|Parkside Theatre: Romeo and Juliet||4/3/2020||N/A||The Rita, Main Stage Theatre||UW-Parkside||Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|Parkside Computer Science 40th Anniversary Event||4/4/2020||N/A||UW-Parkside Ballroom||UW-Parkside||Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|Foreign Film Series: Secret Ingredient||4/5/2020||April 2-5||UW-Parkside, Student Center Cinema||UW-Parkside||Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|Music: Parkside Range||4/9/2020||N/A||Bedford Concert Hall, The Rita||UW-Parkside||Nofirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
|Beer and Bacon Walk||4/11/2020||no||Downtown Racine||Downtown Racine Corporation||Yesfirstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com|
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