Posted inCORONAVIRUS, Local news

Health Department Proposes Reinstating A City Face Coverings Ordinance

City of Racine – Today, Dottie-Kay Bowersox, the City of Racine Public Health Administrator, proposed reinstating the City’s indoor face mask ordinance. A special meeting of the Common Council has been called for Tuesday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. to vote on the proposal.   Public Health Administrator Bowersox issued the following statement with her request for the ordinance:   “During this time of heightened awareness […]

Posted inCORONAVIRUS, Local news

Masking, Vaccines Urged For State’s Schools

MADISON – Wearing masks while indoors, vaccines for eligible students and staff, and COVID-19 testing are among the strategies recommended for Wisconsin’s schools by the state Department of Health Services (DHS) and the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The newly launched Back to School for Parents and Families webpage includes additional information about routine vaccinations, access […]

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Fully vaccinated? No face mask required, CDC guidance says Officials with the Center for Disease Control revised their recommendation around mask wearing Thursday saying that if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you are protected from COVID-19. The announcement represents a shift from two weeks ago when CDC guidelines exempted people who had been fully vaccinated from not having to wear masks unless in the […]


A Message from Wisconsin’s State Health Officer

Hello fellow Wisconsinites. This is Julie Willems Van Dijk, Wisconsin’s Interim State Health Officer and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health Services. I am writing to you today about something very close to my heart – the health and safety of our fellow Wisconsinites. The Wisconsin State Supreme Court has overturned the current public […]


Gov. Evers Announces New Public Health Emergency, Issues New Face Coverings Order as State Continues Vaccine Distribution

MADISON — On Tuesday, Gov. Tony Evers signed Executive Order #104 and Emergency Order #1 establishing a new statewide public health emergency and face coverings requirement, respectively, as the state continues to expand vaccination distribution across the state. Executive Order #104 is available here and Emergency Order #1 is available here.  “We’re working every day to […]

Posted inKenosha Lens, Uptown Observer

Kenosha City Council passes face mask ordinance

Note from your friendly neighborhood Observer: This story has been updated as of 11:35 a.m. Tuesday to include comments from the public and from aldermen on the ordinance. KENOSHA ⏤ The City Council passed a new mask ordinance Monday night for residents and businesses in the city. The ordinance, approved 15-2 by the council, requires […]

Posted inCORONAVIRUS, Local news, Police and fire

Racine begins enforcing COVID-19 mask ordinance

RACINE – The City of Racine will start enforcing its Safer Racine and mask ordinance as confirmed COVID-19 virus cases continue to climb locally. Up until Wednesday’s announcement, city health officials have generally declined to enforce the ordinances. Instead, they have allowed businesses and individuals to police themselves and respond to calls for complaints. Now, […]

Posted inKenosha Lens, Uptown Observer

Common Council to hear new proposed local mask ordinance

KENOSHA ⏤The Common Council will hear a new proposed local ordinance in November that would require masks in businesses in the city. The ordinance would also limit the capacity of a business to 10 people or 50% of its occupant capacity load as determined by the City Bureau of Fire Prevention ⏤ whichever number is […]

Posted inCommunity, CORONAVIRUS

Face mask competition entries

State Representative Greta Neubauer (D-Racine) kicked off the Racine County Eye face mask competition. “Racine, it is time to #MaskUp. Consider this the beginning of an unofficial contest for the coolest mask and outfit combo in Racine. Here are the submissions from me and my boyfriend” says Greta’s Facebook status. From all ages and backgrounds, […]

Posted inCORONAVIRUS, Government, Local news

Evers Issues Facial Coverings Order Effective Saturday

MADISON — Declaring a public health emergency, Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday issued an emergency order requiring individuals statewide to wear facial coverings when indoors and not in a private residence. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 1) and expires on Sept. 28. “While our local health departments have been doing a heck of […]

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Big Brothers Big Sisters calling for homemade facial masks to help kids fight COVID-19 in the classroom this fall

Calling all seamstress and novice COVID-19 mask makers. With schools reopening soon Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is calling for homemade facial masks. The masks will be donated to K-12-grade children to help them stay safe when they return to the classroom this fall. “Masks will also be used to protect our Littles (mentees) when […]

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