Kenosha County COVID-19 update Aug. 4, 2020: 2,528 positives

Note: Our interactive charts are back. Hover over a data to see details. Click on “A Flourish Chart” to see a larger version. — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 2,528 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Tuesday. That’s 22 more positives than Monday. There have been 58 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. That’s 3 more than Monday. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 27,385 negative test results, a positive rate of 1495/100,000 people and a 2 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Tuesday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Tuesday:

  • Bristol — 42 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 32 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 99 cases (1 more case than Monday)
  • Randall — 28 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 43 cases
  • Wheatland — 29 cases
  • Paris — 6 cases (1 more than Monday)
  • Brighton — 4 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 27 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data updated weekly: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level for the last two weeks. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of July 29:

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The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 56,056 positive tests and 928,845 negative tests with 961 deaths statewide as of Tuesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 12,213 positives as of Tuesday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths Aug. 4, 2020: Lynda R. McHugh, Gerald L. Johnson

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding for crash in Paddock Lake

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At about 12:09 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash in the 25300 block of Highway 50 in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved. Deputies on scene. Road is not blocked.

UPDATE 12:17 p.m. — Arriving fire/rescue unit reports all vehicles upright and no leaking fluids. All units still arriving can do so non-emergency.

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Wilmot UHS announces reopening plans for fall

Wilmot Union High School will be opening with a four-day a week face to face/one day virtual or all virtual options for the 2020-21 school year, the district announced last week.

School is scheduled to begin Sept. 8.

Wednesday will be a virtual learning day for the students attending the in-school 4 & 1 program.

From a news release on the plan:

To help mitigate risk, all students and staff will be asked to self-screen using a symptom checker prior to entering the school building each day. Anyone exhibiting symptoms at school will be evaluated by the nurse and sent home immediately if needed. Students and staff will also be required to wear face coverings while in the building. Face coverings will also be required outside of the building when proper social distancing is not feasible.

Maintenance staff will “significantly increase” disinfecting of public an high-touch surfaces.

Bus transportation will be available. Students are expected to wear masks on buses. Buses will load to the back first and then toward the front and unload in the opposite order.

Self transportation is encouraged.

Regarding virtual learning the news release says “all virtual learning will be required and offer rigor and opportunities equal to what students experience on campus.” Parents/guardians will need to contact their student’s counselor to begin virtual learning.

More information on the plan and some results of a families and staff survey is available here.

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Sheriff’s Dept. seeking info on fleeing officer suspect

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is seeking information from the public on a suspect who fled an officer on Friday.

Here is a post from the Sheriff’s Department Facebook page:

The Kenosha County Sheriff's Department is asking for assistance with identifying the pictured suspect/motorcycle for…

Posted by Kenosha County Sheriff's Department on Monday, August 3, 2020
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Kenosha County Circuit Court jury trial to resume Aug. 31

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Jury trials are set to resume in Kenosha County Circuit Court on Aug. 31, it was announced Monday.

Here’s a news release:

The Kenosha County Circuit Court will resume conducting jury trials on
Aug. 31, with safety protocols in place, Chief Judge Jason Rossell and Clerk of Circuit Court Rebecca Matoska-Mentink announced today (Monday)

Remote, video conferenced hearings will continue to be held for most other court activities until the COVID-19 emergency ends, Rossell said.

While the court has remained open throughout the public health emergency, jury trials have been on hold since March.

“In light of the health crisis that going on in our country, it is important for the courts to be responsive to keep jurors, staff, litigants, and general public safe and protect the constitutional rights of citizens,” Rossell said. “This plan developed with the various stakeholders is designed to provide for jury trials while continuing to follow the guidance from health professionals.”

 As part of this plan, only certain courtrooms will be used to ensure that social distancing is possible during trials. Some jury selection and trial activity will also occur in the Kenosha County Center at Highways 45 and 50 in Bristol.

Prospective jurors will have their temperatures taken with a no-touch thermometer, and wearing of masks will be required for everyone in the court area, including jurors.

Courtrooms and other areas accessed by juries will be thoroughly cleaned each evening after the courts recess.

Rossell said trials will be conducted expeditiously, with litigants required to be prepared to finish trials with minimal delays. Lunches will be provided to jurors during their jury service to limit travel in and out of the Courthouse and to reduce the number of breaks in trial.

Those called for jury service who have been diagnosed by a physician as having COVID-19 within the past 30 days or are actively caring for someone who has the virus are asked to contact the jury clerk to make alternate jury service arrangements.

Also, those who are over the age of 65 and/or have a serious underlying health condition may request to be excused from jury service during the pandemic.

“While it is important that prospective jurors appear for jury service on the date and time they are summoned, we are mindful of these challenging times and will work with people to take reasonable precautions to maintain their health,” Matoska-Mentink said.

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Units responding for crash in Slades Corners

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At about 10:22 a.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for a crash in the 38300 block of 60th Street in Slades Corners.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved.

UPDATE 10:55 a.m. — All Wheatland FD units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Aug. 3, 2020: 2,506 positives

Note: Our interactive charts are back. Hover over a data to see details. Click on “A Flourish Chart” to see a larger version. — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 2,506 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Monday. That’s 79 more positives than Friday. There have been 55 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. That’s 3 more than Friday. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 27,202 negative test results, a positive rate of 1484/100,000 people and a 2 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Monday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Friday:

  • Bristol — 42 cases (2 more than Friday)
  • Paddock Lake — 32 cases (6 more than Friday)
  • Salem Lakes — 98 cases (4 more cases than Friday)
  • Randall — 28 cases (1 more than Friday)
  • Twin Lakes — 43 cases (2 more than Friday)
  • Wheatland — 29 cases (2 more than Friday)
  • Paris — 5 cases
  • Brighton — 4 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 27 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data updated weekly: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level for the last two weeks. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of July 29:

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The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 55,328 positive tests and 911.435 negative tests with 949 deaths statewide as of Monday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 12,101 positives as of Monday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Highway F detour in effect near Twin Lakes

A detour of Highway F for the ongoing relocation project for that road is in effect as of Monday.

Here is a map of the detour route:

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Bristol Girl Scout Troop 9417 create bronze award project to benefit The Sharing Center

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Bristol Girl Scout Troop 9417 has spent recent months working on a project aimed at helping the community through these tough times.

Here’s a description of how it all came together from a Troop representative:

Bristol Troop 9417has been together since Kindergarten, all entering 6th grade at Bristol School.   The bronze award in Girl Scouts is the highest honor a Junior level troop can achieve and is meant to be a girl-led project, serving the community to help address an issue that the troop cares about. Back in the winter the troop had spent a significant amount of time planning their bronze award – involving hosting an event with other troops in the area and a “fill the bus” type event at a local store – however, they realized in April that with all the social distancing restrictions we would have to come up with something totally different.  To their credit they still wanted to proceed and do something to help their community and figure out how they could do it within the “new norms.” So they decided on a food drive to benefit the Sharing Center because they had heard about so many families impacted by job losses due to Covid and this was something they could do without a lot of direct interaction with other people, they could wear masks when needed, etc.  They also knew The Sharing Center mainly helped people in their direct community which they liked. Over the course of five meetings in May and June they did research to figure out what items were the most needed, came up with the flyers to distribute, requested support from some local businesses for donations, passed out more than 400 flyers and then spent a Saturday morning picking up all the donations, sorting it, counting/tallying/weighing everything and then dropping it off at The Sharing Center. After meeting with The Sharing Center they decided to focus on items that aren’t typically donated but really needed – cereal, condiments, spices, canned meat/tuna, salad dressing, toothpaste, shampoo. Some fun statistics: The Troop collected 1,980 pounds of food, 70 boxes of cereal, 45 bottles of ketchup, 37 tubes of toothpaste, 105 boxes of macaroni and cheese and 65 cans of tuna.

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Word from our sponsors: Archwood Senior Living opening in sight

Note: This is a paid announcement from Archwood Senior Living. — DH

Archwood Senior Living has an opening in sight.

The new senior living community is now just waiting for a final license to be issued from the Wisconsin Department of Health. Once a license is obtained they will immediately begin accepting residents who have been on the waiting list to move in.

“Once the community is open we will be temporarily limiting access to our building for health and safety reasons” Debra Reutell, Archwood Executive Director said. “Now is a great time to reach out to us if you have even the slightest interest in seeing the community first hand.”

You can contact the community at (262) 234-0015 or visit them online at Archwoodseniorliving.com

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Deaths Aug. 2, 2020: James C. Karns

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding for tree fire in New Munster

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At about 3:40 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of a tree limb on wire in the 34100 block of Geneva Road in New Munster.

Per dispatch: Multiple callers reporting a tree limb on wire, perhaps due to an arcing electrical wire.

UPDATE 3:42 p.m. — Deputy reports no fire currently.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. — Twin Lakes Rescue cleared by command to return to quarters.

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Units responding for second crash in Salem Lakes

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At about 1:14 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for a report of a crash in the 22000 block of Highway 50 in Salem Lakes.

UPDATE 1:19 p.m. — First fire unit arriving on scene reports minor damage to vehicles. Traffic not blocked. Dispatch says two vehicles involved.

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Units responding for crash in Salem Lakes

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At about 11:28 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash int eh 8300 block of Highway W in Salem Lakes.

Per dispatch: Single motorcycle with only driver aboard. Driver to be checked out for injuries.

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A word from our sponsors: Aug. 2, 2020 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

9000 226th Ct 1A, Salem

5301 366th Ave, Burlington

9016 257th Ave, Salem

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Units responding for report of explosion in Wheatland

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At about 8:04 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding for a report of a loud noise like an explosion in the 40300 block of 81st Street in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Several callers have reported noise.

UPDATE 8:10 p.m. — Sheriff’s deputy approaching area reports black smoke visible.

UPDATE about 8:14 p.m. — Smoke attributed to a bonfire.

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Aug. 1, 2020: Needs for local food pantries update

The Kenosha County Joint Information Center is going to publish a weekly update on the needs of food pantries during the COVID-19 emergency.

Here is this week’s update for The Sharing Center and the Twin Lakes Food Pantry:

Sharing Center, 25700 Wilmot Road (Highway C), Trevor
Donations accepted 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noon Friday; nights and weekends by appointment at 262-298-5535
Food products needed this week: Fresh produce
Non-food products needed this week: Shampoo, antibacterial wipes

Twin Lakes Area Food Pantry, 701 N. Lake Ave., Twin Lakes (St. John’s Catholic Church). Donations accepted 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday and Wednesday; 7-8 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month
Food products needed this week: None listed
Non-food products needed this week: Personal hygiene and laundry products always welcome

Here are the updates for all of the other food pantries listed by the Joint Information Center.

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A word from our sponsors: Aug. 1, 2020 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

5301 366th Ave, Burlington

9000 226th Ct 1A, Salem

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 31, 2020: 2,427 positives

Note: We are having technical difficulties being able to access the service we use to create our interactive charts. So the charts in this report are not interactive. We apologize for the inconveience. — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 2,427 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Friday. That’s 53 more positives than Thursday. There have been 52 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. That’s 1 more than Thursday. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 25,723 negative test results, a positive rate of 1441/100,000 people and a 2 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Friday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Friday:

  • Bristol — 40 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 26 cases (2 more than Wednesday)
  • Salem Lakes — 94 cases
  • Randall — 27 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 41 cases (3 more than Thursday)
  • Wheatland — 27 cases (3 more than Thursday)
  • Paris — 5 cases
  • Brighton — 4 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 27 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data updated weekly: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level for the last two weeks. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of July 29:

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The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 52,940 positive tests and 882,149 negative tests with 934 deaths statewide as of Friday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 11,854 positives as of Friday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths July 31, 2020: Diane Astrid (Davidson) O’Brien, Wayne Edward Foster

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Central HS 2020 literary journal “Due by Monday” published

From Central High School:

The students of Central High School are proud to announce this year’s edition of the CHS Literary Journal, Due by Monday. The journal, published “at cost” via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, is the result of the diligence and creativity of writers enrolled in Brian Monday’s creative writing class, and a few who were not, as well as the art students of Tedd Grube and Vincent Kuepper. The journal is organized by theme (nature, relationships, death, and the mind) and features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Both a black-and-white and a color edition are available on Amazon. 

The following students have work in the journal: Morgan Williams, Kaitlyn Sweeney, Mattie Cox, Madeline Slutsky, Madoc Braaksma, Sydney Nys, Sarah Pohjola, Nicholas Dawley, Aydan Kovachik, Aaron Pecore, Brian Deisher, Polina Vyucheiskaia, Vivian Dufek, Noah Dufek, Sean Fookes, Sydney Crowe, Savannah Mullen, Chelsea Gatti, Jaden Sommerfield, Brian Deisher, Hannah Zimmermann, Arianna Wilburn, Mackenzie Cain, Samantha Wilcox, Liam Sheen, Danielle Esposito, Polina Vyucheiskaia, Hannah Nelson, Benjamin A. Woods, Janell Gillmore, Holley Welch, Makayla Millhouse, Emma Klinesmith, Trinity Alexander, Evelyn Buono, Ilsa Lofty, Shyann Dumelle, John Crome, Jon Steinbach, Matthew Grenyo, Brynn Weirzbicki, Willard Metcalf, Bryce Michels, Jake Gonzales, Trinity Alexander, Julia Krekling, Blake DeLong, John William Waterhouse, Carson Richter, Laura Winkler, Andrew Bailey, Aydan Kovachik, Joshua Lawlor, Leah Binzel, Delaney Koltanowski, Seliz Arizmendi, Ashlee Calkins, Ella Birkholz, Laiza Otero, Brynn Weirzbicki.

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Units responding for burning in Trevor

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At about 1:30 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to the 9900 block of 269th Court in Trevor for a report of burning.

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Units responding for gas leak in Brighton

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At about 10:20 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding for a report of a gas line break in the 24200 block of 17th Street in Brighton.

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July 31, 2020 lake test results: PHLA open for swimming

The Paddock Hooker Lakes Association beach on Paddock Lake is now open for swimming after resampling by the county on Thursday showed E.coli levels within the normal range.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when the test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

The resampling on Thursday at PHLA showed 167 E.coli/100 mL.

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Bristol House Fire

About 1 am, the Bristol Fire Department responded for a call at The Bristol House, 20600 75th Street. They found flames coming from the structure. A MABAS Box (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) bought help from surrounding departments and apparatus to cover the station.

The stubborn and smokey fire kept crews working through the night. The box was struck at 4:31am. The structure was not occupied at the time of the fire. No one was injured. Westbound Highway 50 was shutdown for several hours. The fire is under investigation.

Departments responding included Village of Salem Lakes, Somers, Wheatland, Paris, Kenosha, Kansasville, Pleasant Prairie, and Newport. Round Lake, Union Grove and Antioch responded change of quarters for station coverage.

Tenders came from many departments to bring water to the scene.
Water supply.
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Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

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At 10:14 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to an alarm in the 600 block of Lincoln Drive.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 30, 2020: 2,374 positives

Note: We have upgraded some of the charts in our week day COVID-19 updates by creating them with a new program that will allow us to embed more interactive charts into our posts. For example, you will be able to hover your cursor over individual data points and see the date and precise value. You also can view a larger view by clicking on “a Flourish chart.” We hope this will make the charts we aggregate and create daily more informative. — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 2,374 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Thursday. That’s 26 more positives than Wednesday. There have been 51 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 25,558 negative test results, a positive rate of 1410/100,000 people and a 2 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Wednesday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Thursday:

  • Bristol — 40 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 24 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Salem Lakes — 94 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Randall — 27 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 38 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Wheatland — 24 cases
  • Paris — 5 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Brighton — 4 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time:

Here is Kenosha County recovery data as of July 27 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data updated weekly: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level for the last two weeks. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of July 29:

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The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 52,108 positive tests and 867,602 negative tests with 919 deaths statewide as of Thursday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 11,768 positives as of Thursday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Wheatland J1 School District (Wheatland Center School) Board approves reopening plan

The Wheatland J1 School District (Wheatland Center School) Board approved a return to school plan at Wednesday’s regular board meeting.

The plan calls for four-day-a-week in school face-to-face instruction for 4K to fourth grade students and other grade levels following an A-B schedule that will have students in the building for face-to-face instruction two days and virtual learning the other days.

All students can also choose all virtual learning.

Face coverings will be required in the school building unless proper social distance can be maintained, school officials said.

“Hopefully this is temporary,” said board President Christopher Serak. “We want to get kids back to school, but we want to keep them here too … It is a balance of protecting everybody as much as we can.”

Under the A/B option to be followed by 5th-8th grade, students will be assigned to Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday in-person learning at the school. The other three days they will use virtual learning.

The split schedule was necessary given the number of students in 5th-8th grades, said district administrator Martin McGinley. The prospect of having 25 plus students in some classrooms was judged not safe or effective, at least at the beginning of the year.

“It really came down to we didn’t have the resources,” McGinley said.

Re-purposing some spaces in the building means the younger grades will be able to have about 13 students in a room, McGinley said.

All students will have some virtual learning, which is important to establish in case a change in the COVID-19 situation forces full virtual learning during the year, McGinley said.

All students will be grouped in cohorts of about 25 students. As much as possible, students will only associate at school with their cohort, to limit exposure.

Special classes like physical education, art, music and band will be maintained in some form. Just how has not been decided yet, McGinley said.

“We have a really creative team,” McGinley said of the special subjects teachers, adding many activities will likely be done in the home classroom.

As for band, McGinley said “We are going to have kids playing instruments.”

With face coverings being required for all students and staff when social distancing can’t be maintained, the school will provide cloth face coverings. Students and staff can also wear their own face coverings.

As other districts have also said, bus transportation presents one of the most difficult situations to address social distancing. Buses will have assigned seating with family members sitting together. Buses will load according to the seating chart, to limit students walking by other students. Adults and students will wear face coverings on the bus. The buses will be disinfected between routes.

McGinley encouraged parents that can transport children with cars to do so.

“If parents can transport, that is helpful,” McGinley said.

The vote to approve the plan was unanimous.

About 45 people were in the audience for the meeting. Four people from the audience commented using the regular citizens comments procedure. Several others also made statements or asked questions, which the board allowed. All people speaking from the floor appeared to be critical of the plan coming up short of fully traditional face-to-face instruction five days a week.

“We cant be afraid of this,” said resident Greg Richter. “The statistics we see now are extremely skewed.”

Other speakers addressed concerns over a lack of socialization for students and concerns about the face covering requirement.

All board members also spoke individually explaining their thinking on the plan.

Board member Heidie Dunn said school staff will be finding appropriate opportunities for children to take off face coverings for a while.

“I don’t think anyone expects the kids will be in a mask six or seven hours a day,” Dunn said.

“These practices are becoming the norm,” said board member Randy Ebertowski. “This is the direction our society is going. I would love to have my son here five days a week. It’s not the safe approach.”

Said board member Rachel Crane: “I don’t know that any of us are crazy excited to send our kids back to school with face masks,”adding that it is worth it to protect the health of teachers and staff. “This has not been easy on any of us. We know it’s not going to work for everyone.”

Board Vice President Kenneth Humphrey pointed out the plan approved Wednesday is a starting point, which could be modified based on experience.

“We’re looking for those signs that things are improving.” Humphrey said. “This is our starting point”

More details on the plan are available here.

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July 30, 2020 lake test results: PHLA still closed

Paddock Hooker Lakes Association beach on Paddock Lake remains closed to swimming after resampling Wednesday still showed elevated E.coli levels there.

Swim cautions at Lance Park beach on Lake Mary and DeWitt Park beach on Silver Lake were lifted after resampling at those locations showed E.coli within normal range.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when the test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

The results from Wednesday’s testing are:

  • PHLA –greater than 2419 E.coli/100 mL.
  • Lance Park beach – 44 E.coli/100 mL.
  • DeWitt Park — 210 E.coli/100 mL.

PHLA is scheduled to be resampled by the county Thursday.

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