Twin Lakes sells K9 Rex to former handler

The Twin Lakes Village Board on Monday agreed to sell the Twin Lakes Police Department’s K9 officer, Rex, to the handler who had worked with the dog since 2017, but is now leaving the department.

Former TLPD Officer Joe Patla and K9 Rex on their first official day on the job. /Earlene Frederick photo

The vote at a special board meeting was 4-3, with Trustees Kevin Fitzgerald, Aaron Karow, Bill Kaskin and Jeremy Knoll voting in favor and Trustees Barbara Andres and Sharon Bower and President Howard Skinner voting against.

In 2017, Twin Lakes Police Department Officer Joseph Patla had spearheaded the drive to bring a K9 to the department and act as its handler. Funding for the purchase of the dog as well as maintenance of the animal came from community fundraising.

Last month, Patla gave notice he was leaving the department. He offered to work with the department part-time with Rex until a new officer could be trained, he said. When that was rejected by department administration, he sought to purchase the dog from the village for $6,000.

Last week, at a special Village Board meeting, the board rejected selling the dog to Patla in a 5 to 1 vote with Knoll voting against and Fitzgerald abstaining.

In the meantime, some community members got energized about letting the dog stay with Patla. An online petition was started and an online fundraising drive conducted to add to the amount of money offered to the village for the dog.

In the end, the action Monday by the village set the amount at $18,000. Some board members said they understood that to be the amount it would take to replace Rex with another K9 and train a new handler. Skinner pointed out it also was the sum of the $6,000 Patla had offered to pay for the dog and the $12,000 raised by the online campaign.

There was no public comment during the meeting. Patla, whose last day with the TLPD was Thursday, was in the audience, but did not speak at the meeting.

Discussion by the board was brief before the vote, with Fitzgerald questioning the price of $18,000. He thought the appropriate amount was $16,000, he said.

After the vote, Skinner handed the floor to TLPD Chief Adam Grosz, who explained the department’s position on Rex staying with the department and retraining with another handler.

Grosz praised the contribution Rex made to the department in apprehending suspects, in protecting officers and in public relations. He added the rest of the department supported Rex staying on with the TLPD. About 10 officers in uniform stood together during the meeting in the audience.

“Nobody asked Joe Patla to leave our department … but it didn’t mean that Rex had to end his career,” Grosz said. “Rex was an outstanding K9 officer. We were blessed to find a great one in Rex.”

If one expert consulted by the department had said Rex would be better off staying with Patla rather than continuing to work as a police K9, Grosz would have advocated for keeping the pair together, he said. Instead, the experts said Rex would likely be happier and healthier continuing to work with a new handler, Grosz said.

“I believe this is a disservice to Rex and the community,” Grosz said.

Skinner said he appreciated the support and work put in by the TLPD leadership and officers on this issue.

“I feel that I and the Village Board were backed into a corner,” Skinner said. “This will not happen again on my watch.”

The sale is contingent on approval of a written agreement by the village, Patla and the police association.

Over 30 members of the public were at the special meeting.

A view of the audience at the special meeting just before the meeting started.

Grosz said there are two current TLPD police officers who have expressed interest in becoming the department’s next K9 handler.

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Deaths July 5, 2020: Shirley G. Haase

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 alarm in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:21 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units responding for an alarm in the 15700 block of 88th Street in Bristol.

Per dispatch: This is for a carbon monoxide alarm.

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Aaron Pecore earns Eagle Scout rank

Aaron Pecore

Aaron (AJ) Pecore of Bristol and Boy Scout Troop 595 has earned rank of Eagle Scout.

AJ is the son of Brian and Angela Pecore.

While pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout AJ earned 50 merit badges and 5 Eagle Palms (2 Bronze, 2 Gold, 1 Silver ). Pecore was recognized with awards Ad Altare Dei and Order of the Arrow Brotherhood. He has also held many leadership positions within his troop such as Senior Patrol leader, Asst. Senior Patrol leader, Patrol Leader, and Quartermaster.

AJ completed his service requirement by coordinating and building a storage unit for personal fire fighting gear at the Bristol Fire Department.

Pecore said “Scouting has taught me a lot about commitment and leadership. I’ve had a lot of great mentors who have inspired and encouraged me throughout my scouting career. I will always be grateful for the opportunities that I have experienced”.

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A word from our sponsors: July 5, 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

703 S 4th ST, Silver Lake

35025 Geneva Rd, Burlington

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Units responding for crash in Twin Lakes

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 10:05 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue and Randall Fire Department units and a Twin Lakes Police officer are responding to a report of a crash in the 33200 block of Highway CK in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: This is a single motorcycle versus deer crash.

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Western Kenosha County Fourth of July fireworks replay

Major Fourth of July fireworks in our area were cancelled this year around concerns about crowds and COVID-19.

If the neighborhood pyrotechnics are not satisfying your need here is some fireworks from the 2018 season. Western Kenosha County had two great displays that year in Twin Lakes during Twin Lakes Chamber and Business Association’s Libertyfest and the Westosha Kiwanis Club Fireworks over Paddock Lake.

Here is some video of the finale of the Paddock Lake display:

Here are some photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick from the Libertyfest display:

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Deaths July 4, 2020: Everett R. Benedict

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 to crash in Wheatland

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:50 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash in the 3600 block of 328th Avenue (Highway W) in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: This is a single vehicle rollover.

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July 4, 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:

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, salad dressing, jelly. Non-food products needed this week: Shampoo, antibacterial wipes.

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: July 4, 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

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 3, 2020: 1,547 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 1,547 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Friday. That’s 12 more positives than Thursday. There have been 44 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 18,010 negative test results, a positive rate of 919/100,000 people and a 3 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 — 23 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 10 cases
  • Salem Lakes —54 cases
  • Randall — 14 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 23 cases (1 more than Tuesday)
  • Wheatland — 5 cases
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 1 case

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 2 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of Friday:

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 30,317 positive tests and 573,553 negative tests with 796 deaths statewide as of Friday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 9,812 positives as of Friday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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July 3, 2020 lake test results: Swim cautions removed for Silver Lake-DeWitt Park and Camp Lake

Swim cautions have been removed for DeWitt Park beach on Silver Lake and Camp Lake after resampling showed lower E.coli levels there.

The test results by the Kenosha County Division of health from Wednesday that allowed the cautions to be removed were:

  • DeWitt Park beach on Silver Lake: 69 E.coli/100 mL
  • Camp Lake: 37 E.coli/100 mL

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.

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Units responding for crash in Twin Lakes

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 6:25 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units and a Twin Lakes Police officer are responding to the 3100 block of East Lakeshore Drive in Twin Lakes for a report of crash.

Per dispatch: Injuries unknown.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 2, 2020: 1,535 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 1,535 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Thursday. That’s 8 more positives than Wednesday. There have been 44 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 17,700 negative test results, a positive rate of 909.5/100,000 people and a 3 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 Thursday:

  • Bristol — 23 cases (1 more than Wednesday)
  • Paddock Lake — 10 cases
  • Salem Lakes —54 cases
  • Randall — 14 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 23 cases (1 more than Tuesday)
  • Wheatland — 5 cases
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 1 case

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 2 (updated weekly):

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 29,738 positive tests and 563,946 negative tests with 793 deaths statewide as of Thursday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 9,812 positives as of Thursday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths July 2, 2020: Patricia B. Hucker, John James Harris

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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Twin Lakes Village Board to consider K9 Rex situation at special meeting Monday

In this video from the 2019 Twin Lakes National Night Out, K9 Rex shows some of his training. / Earlene Frederick video

The Twin Lakes Village Board will discuss and consider possible action regarding its police department’s K9 officer, Rex, village administrator Laura Roesslin announced Thursday.

A news release issued Thursday afternoon said:

The Village Board recognizes the efforts of the Twin Lakes community over the past 24 hours in support of K9 Rex being sold to Officer Joe Patla. The Village President has asked that this topic be revisited and for the Village Board to hold a Special Board Meeting Monday July 6, 2020. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall. The agenda for the meeting will be posted this afternoon.

On Wednesday, the board voted 5-1 with one abstention to deny a request to sell Rex to Patla.

Patla, who has been the Twin Lakes Police Department’s K9 handler since 2017, is leaving the TLPD for another job. He sought to purchase Rex — who he has worked with since 2017 — but the village, based on research it conducted on the topic, opted to instead retrain Rex to work with another officer.

The village’s decision has prompted social media outrage, an online petition and an online fundraising drive to try to allow Rex to remain with the Patla family.

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K9 handler in Twin Lakes moving on but dog will stay

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Garage sales page updated

West of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

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A word from our sponsors: 2020 Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association golf outing is July 22

Photo by Benjamin Earwicker, www.garrisonphoto.org/sxc, via stock.xchng

Note: This is a paid announcement from the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association. — DH

The 2020 Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association golf outing will take place Wed. July 22. The event is open to the public.

This 30th annual outing will be held at the Twin Lakes Country Club.

Event includes 18 holes of golf with cart, Mega Putt, Ball Toss, contests on the course, hole-in-one opportunities, lunch at the turn, steak dinner, prizes, raffles and silent auction.

Get your foursome together. Applications available at the chamber. Call at 262-877-2220 or email at info@twinlakeschamber.com.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update July 1, 2020: 1,527 positives

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 1,527 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Wednesday. That’s 22 more positives than Tuesday. There have been 43 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 17,451 negative test results, a positive rate of 904.2/100,000 people and a 3 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 Tuesday:

  • Bristol — 22 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 10 cases
  • Salem Lakes —55 cases
  • Randall — 14 cases (2 more than Tuesday)
  • Twin Lakes — 23 cases (1 more than Tuesday)
  • Wheatland — 5 cases
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 1 case

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 June 26 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of Wednesday:

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 29,199 positive tests and 551,607 negative tests with 786 deaths statewide as of Wednesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 9,761 positives as of Wednesday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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July 1, 2020 lake test results: Silver Lake-DeWitt Park and Camp Lake under swim caution

Silver Lake-DeWitt Park and Camp Lake are both under swimming cautions after testing Tuesday found elevated levels of E.coli there.

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 test results that produced the cautions were:

  • Silver Lake-DeWitt Park: 980 E.coli/100 mL
  • Camp Lake: 248 E.coli/100 mL

Those locations were scheduled to be re-sampled Wednesday.

Other results from Monday as reported by the Kenosha County Division of Health (except where noted) are:

Salem Lakes –Silver Lake County Park beach 138 E.coli/100 mL; Silver Lake DeWitt Park 980 E.coli/100mL; Lake Shangri-la 220th Ct. 79 E.coli/100 mL; Center Lake 57 E.coli/100 mL; Camp Lake: 248 E.coli/100 mL; Hooker Lake Boat Launch 43 E.coli/100 mL; Rock Lake 12 E.coli/100mL.

Paddock Lake — Old Settlers County Park on Paddock Lake 38 E.coli/10; Hoag Park 44 E.coli/100 mL; North Shore Association: 67 E.coli/100 mL; PHLA beach 39 E.coli/100mL. PHLA Diving Board 84 E.coli/100 mL.

Wheatland — Lilly Lake 5 E.coli/100 mL.

Twin Lakes — Lance Park on Lake Mary 210 E.coli/100 mL.

Randall — (as reported by town of Randall) Powers Lake beach 25.9 E.coli/100 mL.

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K9 handler in Twin Lakes moving on but dog will stay

This video shows K9 Rex’s swearing in as a Twin Lakes Police Department officer.

Note: This story was updated with new information at about 3:29 p.m. — DH

K9 Rex, a trained police dog brought to the community largely through a grass roots fundraising effort, will remain with the Twin Lakes Police Department, though his handler — who initiated the program — is leaving for a new job.

TLPD Officer Joseph Patla first raised the idea of bringing a trained police dog to the department in 2017. The Twin Lakes Village Board gave its blessing to the effort, but initial and ongoing expenses for the dog were to be raised through fundraising.

Patla served notice June 17 that he would be leaving the TLPD as of July 2, said a news release from the department issued Wednesday morning.

From the TLPD news release (you can read the whole TLPD news release here):

Officer Patla made the decision to move on, and we respect that decision and wish him well in his new opportunity. However, because Officer Patla chose to move on, does not mean K9 Officer Rex needs to stop serving the community. K9 Officer Rex is a sworn member of the Twin Lakes Police Department and we hope that he can continue to serve for years to come.”

An agreement reached between the village and the Police Officers Union said the assigned K9 handler would be expected to serve a 6-year term as the handler. It was further agreed that in the event the assigned handler chose to leave the department prior to the retirement of the K9, the K9 would remain property of the Village of Twin Lakes, the news release says.

After researching the issue, the TLPD decided to retrain Rex to work with another officer. From the news release:

There was no concern by any expert K9 trainer that K9 Rex would suffer any emotional trauma by being assigned to a new handler with the Twin Lakes Police Department. Experts expressed just the opposite, that police K9’s are bred to be working animals, not house pets, and that it would be in the best interest of Rex to continue his career serving his community with a new handler.

The Village Board in a special meeting Wednesday voted to deny a request to sell Rex to Patla in a 5-1 vote with one abstention. Voting to deny the request were President Howard Skinner and Trustees Barbara Andres, Sharon Bowers, Aaron Karow and Bill Kaskin. Trustee Jeremy Knoll voted no to denying the request and Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald abstained.

The news release defends the village’s decision to retain ownership of K9 Rex and retraining him:

Based on extensive research and expert opinions, the Village of Twin Lakes believes much of the information circulating in the community and on social media in regards to this topic is false. We understand this is an emotional event for everyone involved in our community. Nobody in the Village of Twin Lakes wanted to see K9 Officer Rex separated from Officer Patla. However, it is our responsibility to do our due diligence to seek out the best outcome for this situation. Officer Patla made the decision to move on, and we respect that decision and wish him well in his new opportunity. However, because Officer Patla chose to move on, does not mean K9 Officer Rex needs to stop serving the community. K9 Officer Rex is a sworn member of the Twin Lakes Police Department and we hope that he can continue to serve for years to come.”

Patla had presented a plan to Chief Adam Grosz in a letter Patla supplied to westofthe.com that would have had Patla working with Rex part-time for the TLPD until a new K9 handler could be trained to work with a new dog. When the new pair was ready for duty, Patla proposed making a $6,000 donation to the K9 fund and then keeping Rex as his family’s dog. (You can read all of Patla’s letter here.)

Elsewhere in the letter to Grosz, Patla criticizes the decision to retrain Rex with a new handler as having adverse operational, financial and community impacts. He also talks about how his family has bonded with Rex.

“Rex will never be the same dog if you proceed with the forced removal,” Patla says in his letter to Grosz. “There is a chance he can shut down and not perform due to how strong our bond is.”

The village’s plan for retraining Rex has drawn objection from some community members, who argue that Patla should be able to keep Rex. A online petition to “Let K9 Officer Joe Patla keep Rex” has drawn almost 5,000 signatures as of 12:13 p.m., Wednesday.

About the community support, Patla said in another statement issued later Wednesday:

My family is deeply humbled by all the outpouring of support. I wish I had a proper description for the love we have been shown. I am at a loss for words to express our sincere gratitude. Thank you.”

UPDATE 10:08 p.m. — The TLPD has posted this additional statement on its Facebook page about the controversy:

We understand that this has become an extremely emotional time for our community and many of you are looking to us for…

Posted by Twin Lakes Police Department on Wednesday, July 1, 2020
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Kenosha County COVID-19 update June 30, 2020: 1,505 positives

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 1,505 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Tuesday. That’s 13 more positives than Monday. There have been 43 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 16,960 negative test results, a positive rate of 892.9/100,000 people and a 3 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 — 21 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 10 cases
  • Salem Lakes —55 cases (1 more case than Monday)
  • Randall — 12 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 22 cases
  • Wheatland — 5 cases
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 1 case

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 June 26 (updated weekly):

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 28,659 positive tests and 539,539 negative tests with 777 deaths statewide as of Tuesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 9,714 positives as of Tuesday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths June 30, 2020: Verle Roy Swenson, Richard E. Ball, Allan Charles Eilts Jr.

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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Free educational series for caregivers to be held online starting July 16

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free, 6-week educational series designed by Stanford University to give you tools to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one. Caregivers are currently spending much of their time at home with their loved ones or are unable to visit their loved ones who are quarantined in care facilities and may be feeling a greater amount of stress.

This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

This free class online class will be held Thursdays, July 16 to Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon.

To participate, caregivers will must have access to a computer, iPad or tablet and have internet access. They will receive a brief phone call from the program leader prior to the first session on how to use the online meeting program (Zoom) that will be used; minimal computer skills are necessary. 

Registration is required by Monday, July 13. For more information or to register, contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center: 262-605-6646. Or register online at adrc.kenoshacounty.org; look for the red registration button.

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Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

At about 2:42 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to the 100 block of Lance Drive in Twin Lakes.

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Per dispatch: This response is for a activated fire alarm.

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A word from our sponsors: Register now for Westosha Falcons Youth Football 100% all-play league

Secure your athlete’s spot for Westosha Falcons Youth Football (WFYF) Fall 2020 action today!

Teams forming now for 1st -2nd grade Fall Flag, 3rd-8th grade Fall Tackle, and 3rd-8th grade Summer Camp (July 21-23, 2020).

Visit www.westoshafootball.org to register online.

Our Heads-Up Tackling Certified league provides 100% ALL-PLAY opportunity for every athlete: Westosha Youth Falcons play to learn and learn to play! Our commitment to player development, positive coaching, academics & citizenship, and sportsmanship prepare our athletes for seamless transition to the Westosha Falcons High School football program.

  • $200 Tackle league fee.
  • $75 Flag league fee.
  • $50 Summer Camp fee.

Sibling and referral discounts & flexible payment plan available.
Please contact westoshayouthfootball@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update June 29, 2020: 1,492 positives

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 1,492 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Monday. That’s 37 more positives than Friday. There have been 43 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. That’s 2 more than Friday. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 16,588 negative test results, a positive rate of 885.2/100,000 people and a 3 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 — 22 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 10 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 54 cases (1 more case than Friday)
  • Randall — 6 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 19 cases
  • Wheatland — 4 cases
  • Paris — 3 cases
  • Brighton — 2 cases (1 more case than Friday)

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 June 26 (updated weekly):

Wisconsin DHS has begun reporting new county level data: Burden (case rate), trajectory (percent case change), trend and activity level. Here is Kenosha County’s data as of Monday:

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

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 28,058 positive tests and 527,539 negative tests with 777 deaths statewide as of Monday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 9,690 positives as of Monday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths June 29, 2020: Larry Joe Gipson, Virginia M. Norgard-Oost

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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Explanation of why COVID-19 gating criteria dropped by Kenosha County; new data to be displayed

Are you wondering why the gating criteria with the red and green markers were eliminated at the Kenosha County COVID-19 Kenosha County Kickstart website (and we used to post in our wstofthei.com updates too)?

The Kenosha County Division of Health issued a news release Monday through the Joint Information Center about the change from the gating criteria to the display of some new data (well, new for the county’s dashboard).

In short, the county didn’t see the gating criteria being reached before the availability of a vaccine.

“These new charts show a better representation of what is happening in the community, and they are there to help individuals and businesses to make the best decisions for their families and the community,” Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said in the new release.

Here is the whole news release:

The Kenosha County Division of Health last week made changes to the COVID-19 data that it provides to the public, in an effort to better represent how the virus is affecting the community.

These changes were made to the Kenosha County Kickstart dashboard, available at https://kenoshacounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/a315d3dff65e4ae88e74ce7b43c0e070.

In place of the gating criteria that were listed previously, graphs now illustrate Kenosha County’s daily and weekly number of positive cases, the daily percent of positive COVID-19 tests, daily numbers of new hospitalizations and the number of daily positive and negative tests (Note: westofthei.com has been posting daily positives and negatives and the daily percent of positive tests since early May and will continue to do so every weekday. — DH)

The gating criteria were eliminated because it has become clear that the county will not soon meet most of them, as new cases are continuing to flow in at a stable rate of five to 20 per day, said Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit. Freiheit said she does not expect the county
will meet all of the former gating criteria until a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

“These new charts show a better representation of what is happening in the community, and they are there to help individuals and businesses to make the best decisions for their families and the community,” Freiheit said. “It is still important to remain out of gatherings and minimize time spent with others as time (15 minutes or more) and distance (within six feet of others) are how this virus spreads.”

This information will be updated twice a week at minimum (Note: westofthei.com posts it’s data Monday-Friday — DH). Links to the Kickstart dashboard, the county’s general COVID-19 data dashboard and other related
resources are all available at www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19.

The local changes come as the Wisconsin Department of Health Services this week launched its own new data dashboard, providing information on COVID-19 activity level by county and region.

On the state dashboard, counties and regions are color-coded to indicate overall COVID-19 activity status — low, medium or high. This activity status is based on two data points: Burden of cases (the total number of cases per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks) and trajectory (the percent change of cases in the last two weeks).

As of this week, Kenosha County is listed as having a high activity status, with a moderately high burden of 76 cases per 100,000 residents and a trajectory of minus 27 percent.

The state dashboard may be found at https://dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/local.htm.

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