Central HS moving to all virtual learning through Dec. 3

Central High School will move to all virtual learning from Thursday through Dec. 3 after a “significant increase in positive tests” at the school, administration announced Wednesday.

The announcement included the following data as of Wednesday:

  • 25 students who have tested positive since Nov. 9, with this number still climbing.
  • Over 225 students who are currently on quarantine from positive tests at school and/or being identified as a close contact from a family member’s positive test.
  • A steady increase in daily absences; Tuesday saw nearly 30 percent or 300 students, absent from school (Note: students who are on virtual learning are not considered absent).
  • A significant increase in staff absences due to COVID-related reasons (positive tests, quarantines, COVID-related symptoms).

The move comes about a week after school officials said they were not going to follow a Kenosha County Division of Health’s strong recommendation for schools to move to virtual learning Nov. 23 through Jan. 4.

“Last week, I communicated our intention to continue face-to-face instruction at Westosha Central, but also promised we would continue to examine our building numbers daily, including positive tests, quarantined students, and staff absences,” district administrator John Gendron said in a letter sent to school families Wednesday. “The safety of our staff and students is our number one priority.

“The switch to virtual learning was not taken lightly; it was our goal to remain face-to-face as we believe it is what is best for our students and staff, but we have seen a significant increase in positive tests and quarantined students, prompting a decision that we believe is the right one for our school.,” Gendron said.

The parent asserts the move to virtual learning is temporary and that students will return to regular schedule Dec. 3.

The full parent letter is available here.

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Salem School Board rejects county’s virtual learning recommendation

The Salem School District Board voted Tuesday to not follow the Kenosha County Division of Health’s recommendation to move all students to virtual learning from late November to early January.

The vote to not follow the recommendation was unanimous with all board members present.

Last week, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said she is strongly recommending that all schools within the county — K-12, colleges and universities — switch to virtual instruction only between Nov. 23 and Jan. 4. The recommendation comes in the wake of mounting cases of COVID-19 here.

The school board vote means the school will continue to offer all virtual, all in-person or blended schedules.

Before the vote, district administrator Connie Valenza said the district had received over 30 letters from the public about the issue, with 3 supporting following the recommendation.

In casting their votes all board members praised the efforts of school staff in observing COVID-19 spread mitigation measures.

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Units responding for fire in Wheatland

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At about 8:16 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire in the 38000 block of Highway 50 in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting a truck in the westbound lanes on fire, with flames visible.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Nov. 17, 2020: 7,711 positives

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

The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 7,711 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Tuesday. That’s 201 more than Monday. There have been 109 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 54,732 negative test results, a positive rate of 4583/100,000 people and a 1.4 percent case fatality rate (.1 percent lower than Monday) 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 — 174 cases (6 more than Monday)
  • Paddock Lake — 108 cases (2 more than Monday)
  • Salem Lakes — 418 cases (17 more than Monday)
  • Randall — 90 cases (4 more than Monday)
  • Twin Lakes — 181 cases (8 more than Monday)
  • Wheatland — 111 cases (3 more than Monday)
  • Paris — 51 cases
  • Brighton — 52 cases (6 more than Monday)

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 along with a 14-day moving average:

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 323,848 positive tests and 2,024,801 negative tests with 2,741 deaths statewide as of Tuesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 30,034 positives as of Tuesday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Agenda: Paddock Lake Village Board regular meeting Nov. 18, 2020

The Paddock Lake Village Board is scheduled to hold a regular monthly meeting Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall in Paddock Lake.

Agenda items include:

  • Open Public Hearing for the 2021 General Fund Budget & 2021 Capital Improvement Fund.
  • Motions to pass the: 2021 General Fund Budget, 2021 General Fund tax levy, Capital Improvement Fund Budget, 2021 Sewer Operations Budget, 2021 Water Operations budget, 2021 TID #1 Budget, 2021 TID #2 Budget.

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Randall School Board Nov. 18, 2020

The Randall Consolidated School board is scheduled to hold a regular board meeting on Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m., in the school library.

Agenda items include:

  • 2021-2022 School Calendar.
  • Enrollment Projections & Open Enrollment.
  • Approve In-Person/Virtual Instruction.

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Wheatland J1 School District Board meeting Nov. 18, 2020

The Wheatland J1 School District Board is scheduled to hold a regular board meeting on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m., at the Wheatland Center School Middle School Gymnasium to accommodate physical distancing. Board members will attend either physically or virtually. Attendees
are required to wear face coverings.

Agenda items include:

  • Administrators report: Update on School Plan and Covid Impact.
  • Review and Potential Approval of Instructional Plan Changes.
  • Review and Potential Approval of Administrative Oversight Guidelines for School Closings Due to Health Related Issues.

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Randall budget hearing and special town board meeting Nov. 18, 2020

The Town of Randall is scheduled to hold a Budget Hearing and
Special Town Board Meeting for Budget Adoption on Wednesday at Randall Town Hall in Bassett.

The budget hearing will begin at 7 p.m. The agenda includes: Presentation and review with discussion of the proposed 2021 Town Budget.

The special Town Board meeting will be held immediately following the budget hearing. The agenda includes:

  • To adopt the 2021 Budget pursuant to Section 60.40 (4) of Wisconsin State Statutes
  • To adopt the 2020 Town Tax Levy to be paid in 2021.

The full agendas for both meetings are available here.

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Deaths Nov. 17, 2020: Douglas G. Reynolds, June Huff

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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Local fire departments responding for mutual aid to Racine County

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At about 9 a.m., local fire departments are responding to a MABAS box alarm from the Town of Raymond Fire Department for a structure fire in the 2700 block of Nicholas Avenue.

Per dispatch: Paris Fire and Rescue requested to respond with a tender, Bristol Fire and Rescue requested to respond with a squad and Somers Fire and Rescue requested to respond with a tender for a change of quarters.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Nov. 16, 2020: 7,510 positives

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

The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 7,510 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Monday. That’s 321 more than Friday. There have been 109 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. That’s 3 more than Friday. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 54,234 negative test results, a positive rate of 4464/100,000 people and a 1.5 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 Monday:

  • Bristol — 168 cases (13 more than Wednesday)
  • Paddock Lake — 106 cases (3 more than Wednesday)
  • Salem Lakes — 401 cases (40 more than Wednesday)
  • Randall — 86 cases (7 more than Wednesday)
  • Twin Lakes — 173 cases (21 more than Wednesday)
  • Wheatland — 108 cases (8 more than Wednesday)
  • Paris — 51 cases (4 more than Wednesday)
  • Brighton — 46 cases (4 more than Wednesday)

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 along with a 14-day moving average:

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 316,758 positive tests and 2,009,148 negative tests with 2,573 deaths statewide as of Monday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 29,437 positives as of Monday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Salem Lakes to close Village Hall to public from Nov. 23 to Jan. 4

Salem Lakes Village Hall in Salem will be closed to the public from Nov. 23 to Jan. 4 due to the local COVID-19 situation, village officials announced Monday.

A communication addressed to village residents said in part:

The Village Administrator and the Village Board continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation. The safety of our staff and community is our first priority. Unfortunately, due to rising numbers of COVID-19 positives in our Village and our County, we have decided to close our Village Hall offices to the public. This closure will start on Monday, November 23, 2020 and will continue until Monday, January 4, 2021 at which time we will re-evaluate opening our offices and facilities to the public. We encourage you to check our website for Village information. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you and we want to thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented time. We understand this closure will affect many aspects including tax payments, dog licenses, building and zoning permits, public meetings, court proceedings and payments, and utility payments. We are committed to our residents and will continue working to help you with your needs. You may communicate with our office by the following options:
Phone: 262-843-2313 Fax: 262-843-4432
Email: info@voslwi.org Mail: PO Box 443, Salem WI 53168
Website: www.voslwi.org Drop Box: 9814 Antioch Road, Salem WI

The full letter, which includes some specific instructions regarding certain interactions with the village government such as paying property taxes, can be viewed here.

As of Monday, Salem Lakes has recorded 401 COVID-19 positives, according to the Kenosha County Division of Health.

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Agenda: Salem School District regular meeting Nov. 17, 2020

The Salem School District Board is scheduled to hold a regular monthly meeting Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. in the Intermediate Library at the school. Public access to allow for social distancing will be held in the Large Group Instruction Room. The meeting also will be livestreamed at https://www.salem.k12.wi.us/multimedia.

Agenda items include:

  • Kenosha County Health Department Recommendation to go to virtual learning from Nov. 23 to Jan. 4.
  • Recognition of nurse.
  • Resolution Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of $1,000,000 General
    Obligation Refunding Bonds.
  • The meeting also includes a closed session to consider: Individual Employee Performance Review and Individual Employee Medical Information.

The full agenda is available here.

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Deaths Nov. 15, 2020: Angel Marie Sanchez

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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Kitchen fire damages home in Silver Lake

/Earlene Frederick photo

A little before midnight, Sunday, Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Randall Fire Department responded for a house fire in the 300 block of Chestnut Street in Silver Lake. Salem Lakes asked for a MABAS Box, thus receiving extra help and tenders (water) from other departments, including Bristol and Union Grove.

The initial crews were successful in knocking down the fire, saving the building. People in the house got themselves, out. Firefighters evacuated two live cats and one kitten from the home. The fire is under investigation. no one was injured. It was called in as a grease fire.

/Earlene Frederick photo
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A word from our sponsors: Nov. 15, 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):

2719 73rd St, Kenosha

114 E Chestnut St, Silver Lake

7955 Williamsburg Ct 101, Bristol

6014 248th Ct, Salem

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Wind advisory issued

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The advisory is set to be in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday.

West winds sustained between 30 and 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph are expected during this period.

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Units responding for fire in Silver Lake

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At about 3:43 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Randall Fire Department units are responding to the 800 block of School Street in Silver Lake for a report of a possible fire.

Per dispatch: This is a possible oven fire. Smoke coming from oven. No flames seen.

UPDATE about 4:26 p.m. — All units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

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Bristol approves ATV/UTV use in Lake George neighborhood

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The Bristol Village Board has approved the use of ATVs/UTVs on village roads in the Lake George neighborhood.

The unanimous vote took place at Monday’s Village Board meeting.

The village had an ordinance governing ATV/UTV use on designated village roads, but had never approved a map showing any village roads that were approved for ATV use.

The village will now develop and include in the ordinance a map that shows the Lake George area village roads as designated ATV routes.

Some 50 residents of the neighborhood had petitioned the village to allow for the use of ATVs there, but the village fire chief, village administrator and the captain in charge of the operations division of the Sheriff’s Department had expressed concerns about the move, from a safety and workload standpoint.

The ordinance will only allow ATVs/UTVs on Luke George village roads and will not include county, state or US highways, village President Mike Farrell pointed out.

Trustee John McCabe also suggested changing the permitted speed limit to the posted limit with a maximum of 35 mph. Most roads in the Lake George area already have a 25 mph limit, residents present at the meeting said.

McCabe said the original intent was to also have golf cart use also allowed but since they are not addressed in the existing ordinance that would take additional research. However, they could be added at a later date.

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A word from our sponsors: Nov. 14, 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):

28380 98th St, Salem

9016 257th Ave, Salem

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Nov. 13, 2020: 7,189 positives

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

The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 7,189 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Friday. That’s 49 more than Thursday. There have been 106 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. That’s 4 more than Thursday. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 53,526 negative test results, a positive rate of 4273/100,000 people and a 1.5 percent case fatality rate (.1 percent higher) 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 Wednesday (last updated Nov. 11):

  • Bristol — 155 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 103 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 361 cases
  • Randall — 79 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 152 cases
  • Wheatland — 100 cases
  • Paris — 47 cases
  • Brighton — 42 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 along with a 14-day moving average:

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 301,165 positive tests and 1,975,512 negative tests with 2,573 deaths statewide as of Friday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 27,645 positives as of Friday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths Nov. 13, 2020: Chad Patrick Kennell

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 burning in Brighton

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At about 6 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 24400 block of 31st Street in Brighton.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m. — Fire unit on scene reports this is a large burn, with someone out controlling it.

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Riverview School board does not act on county’s virtual learning recommendation; more COVID-19 discussion expected

The Silver Lake-Salem Jt #1 School District (Riverview School) board did not take action Thursday on the Kenosha County Division of Health’s recommendation to move to all virtual instruction from just before Thanksgiving to after winter break.

On Monday, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said she is strongly recommending that all schools within the county — K-12, colleges and universities — switch to virtual instruction only between Nov. 23 and Jan. 4. The recommendation comes in the wake of mounting cases of COVID-19 here.

The Silver Lake-Salem Jt #1 board held a special meeting Thursday to consider the county’s recommendation.

“There was excellent discussion on the KCHD recommendation, staffing shortages, the value of in-person versus virtual  schooling, socialization concerns for school-age children, county and school COVID-related data, and other concerns,” district administrator Jon Schleusner said of the meeting in an email to westofthei.com. “All are important considerations during this challenging time and more discussion will likely occur at upcoming meetings.”

The next Silver Lake-Salem Jt #1 Board Meeting is Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. The agenda for that meeting will be released next week.

The board has asked the school administration to bring forward recommendations relating to staffing challenges and school operations due to COVID-19 at the meeting, Schleusner said. A review of current school COVID-related data, and other COVID-related protocols moving forward, will also likely be on the agenda.

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Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

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At about 2:54 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units and a Twin Lakes Police officer are responding to an alarm in the 130 block of Lane Drive in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: This is a fire alarm.

UPDATE 2:55 p.m. — TLPD officer on the scene reports no signs of smoke or fire visible from exterior.

UPDATE 2:57 p.m. — Police officer on scene reports to dispatch that alarm was triggered by cooking.

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A word from our sponsors: Wilmot Auto Service offers exceptional service, quality products and unparalleled customer satisfaction

Note: Wilmot Auto Service is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 69 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update Nov. 12, 2020: 7,140 positives

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

The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 7,140 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Thursday. That’s 203 more than Wednesday. There have been 102 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. That’s 2 more than Wednesday. The Wisconsin Division of Health Services is reporting 53,239 negative test results, a positive rate of 4244/100,000 people and a 1.4 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Thursday.

Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Wednesday (last updated Nov. 11):

  • Bristol — 155 cases (22 more than Thursday)
  • Paddock Lake — 103 cases (13 more than Thursday)
  • Salem Lakes — 361 cases (42 more than Thursday)
  • Randall — 79 cases (8 more than Thursday)
  • Twin Lakes — 152 cases (30 more than Thursday)
  • Wheatland — 100 cases (10 more than Thursday)
  • Paris — 47 cases (6 more than Thursday)
  • Brighton — 42 cases (5 more than Thursday)

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 along with a 14-day moving average:

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 293,388 positive tests and 1,964,779 negative tests with 2,515 deaths statewide as of Thursday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 27,032 positives as of Thursday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths Nov. 12, 2020: Chester Paul Welzen, Alice Joyce Wittrock

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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Trevor-Wilmot School middle school students, staff moving to virtual learning due to positive COVID-19 test, symptoms

Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will be moving to distance learning after a report of a positive COVID-19 test result in a student and a staff member with COVID-19 symptoms.

Here’s a news release distributed Thursday:

Today, the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District received notification from a family that a student received a COVID-19 test with a Positive result.

The district has also been in contact with a staff member that is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms consistent with a positive test. This is the
second and third case of the virus reported to the district since students returned to learning on September 1st.

These individuals are presently in isolation, per Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Kenosha County Division of Health recommendations.

The Kenosha County Division of Health has been working with the school to assist in identifying and reaching close contacts of these individuals, who will also be required to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure.

Close contacts include those who:
● Had direct physical contact with any of the infected individuals (e.g.: a hug or handshake).
● Were within six feet of any of the COVID-19-positive individuals for more than 15 minutes.
● Had contact with respiratory secretions from any of the infected individuals (e.g.: were coughed/sneezed on, had contact with dirty tissue, or shared a drinking glass, food or towels or other personal items.
Those who did not receive a phone call from the Division of Health or a close contact letter from Trevor-Wilmot were likely not in contact with the COVID-19-positive individual and are therefore not considered to be in a higher-risk group.

Middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) students and homeroom teachers are being moved to Learning at Home and are asked to Self-Quarantine effective November 12, 2020. The approach to quarantine is a result of close contacts within a student cohort and close contacts with homeroom
teachers that is creating a staffing shortage for our school. All students and staff will be returning to our building on Monday, November 30, 2020.

District Administrator Dr. Michelle Garven said, “We continue to follow the protocols and practices from our Road to Return framework. We continue to work in collaboration with the Kenosha County Division of Health to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We appreciate their partnership as we continue to work through this pandemic together. We have planned for cases of COVID-19 in our building and appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility as we move to our Learning from Home plans.”

Parents are urged to monitor their students and other family members for any COVID-19 symptoms, including but not limited to: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, headaches, etc. Those who do become symptomatic should call their health care provider.

“It is essential to stay home if you’re sick, to isolate if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19 or if you’re waiting for a test result, and to quarantine if you’ve had close contact with a positive case,” said Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit. “I’m grateful to the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District for putting these protocols in place to help control the spread of the virus.”

Those seeking testing for the virus can find a frequently updated list of testing sites in and around Kenosha County at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/2058/COVID-19-Testing-Locations.

For information about COVID-19 cases in Kenosha County and measures people can take to protect themselves from the virus, visit the Kenosha County COVID-19 Information Hub website at www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19.

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Brighton School will not follow county’s recommendation for all virtual learning

The Brighton School Board affirmed Wednesday it intends to continue providing in-person learning at the end of 2020.

On Monday, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said she is strongly recommending that all schools within the county — K-12, colleges and universities — switch to virtual instruction only between Nov. 23 and Jan. 4. The recommendation comes in the wake of mounting cases of COVID-19 here.

District administrator Matt Eggert said in an email to westofthei.com that the board considered the recommendation, but decided to continue to stay open and provide in-person learning five days a week. 

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and adjust as needed,” Eggert said. “However, we feel this is the best decision for the children’s learning, socialization, and mental health.”

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