Kenosha County Emergency Management COVID-19 Virus Report

In the final installment of the Kenosha County Joint Information Center’s COVID-19 FAQ


Kenosha County Division of Health Communicable Disease Supervisor

summarizes the public guidance in the Kenosha County Kickstart plan, and Health Officer Dr.

Amanda Tuura

Jen Freiheit offers a message on COVID-19 in our community.

The Kickstart plan, released earlier this week, includes advisory best practices for businesses and individuals — in a phased approach that aims to save lives while bringing back our economy. It is aligned with the state’s Badger Bounce Back plan.

The public guidance for all phases of the plan includes the following recommendations:

  • Masks or cloth face coverings are strongly recommended for all public activities for anyone who can wear them (recognizing that those with certain medical or physical conditions may not be able to)

  • Physical distancing of 6 feet or more between individuals not of the same household

  • Continuation of washing your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer,

    especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces

  • Avoidance of touching your face

  • Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow

  • Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces

  • People who feel sick should stay home should:

    o Stayhome
    o Donotgotoworkorschool
    o Removethemselvesfromcongregatesettings,especiallyifaroundvulnerable

    o Contactandfollowtheadviceofamedicalprovider

    The plan will move from the current phase to Phase 2 when the following are sustained:

  • A 10% decrease of influenza-like illnesses reported within a 14-day period

  • A 10% decrease of COVID-19-like symptom cases reported within a 14-day period

  • A downward trend 10% or less with positive tests as a percent of total tests within a 14-

    day period

  • 95% of our hospitals affirm that they can treat all patients without crisis care

  • 95% of our hospitals affirm that they have arranged for testing for all symptomatic

    clinical staff treating patients at the hospital per CDC guidelines

  • A 10% decrease in cases among health care workers for 14-plus days

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The public can view the full plan at
And now, here is Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit, with a final message about

COVID-19 in our community:

“Hello, Kenosha County. Thank you so much for bearing with us during this pandemic. Thank you for being safe, and for taking care of yourself and your loved ones.

“We want to continue to take this virus seriously and to remain as safe as possible.

“And the ways that you can do that are by wearing a mask any time you’re out in public. By staying home when you’re sick – and that means even if you just have a slight sickness, like a tickle in your throat. Mild symptoms that we normally used to power through and go to work with, this is not the time to power through that. We want to ensure that you stay home when you’re sick, so that we are not spreading anything throughout the community.

“We also want to make sure that you’re limiting gatherings, that we’re not going back to business as usual, because the virus is still very much here in Kenosha County.

“So we want to encourage you to remain vigilant, wear a mask, practice social distancing, keep your contacts limited to your household as much as possible, and to stay safe by washing your hands for 20 seconds and practicing good cough and sneeze hygiene, into your elbow.

“We thank you for everything that you’re doing to help the rest of the community stay safe.

“If you are feeling sick, we want to ensure that you get tested. Please do seek COVID-19 testing, but be patient, because it is now taking up to seven days to get results back. And during that time, we do ask that you stay isolated to home until you do get your results.

“We also want to assure that you have the most up-to-date information and that you can follow all of that transparent information on our Kenosha County COVID-19 hub website at, where we put the latest gating criteria and all the data so that you can see where Kenosha County sits.

“Thank you, and we hope that you have a safe and healthy summer.”

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Videos of this and past FAQ sessions are available on YouTube at and on the Kenosha County Government Facebook page, at

Together, we can and will slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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Finalized Kenosha County Kickstart plan offers reopening guidance to businesses, organizations

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The City and County of Kenosha, in partnership with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, today released the final draft of a plan to help guide businesses through the process of restarting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Kenosha County Kickstart offers a long list of advisory best practices for businesses and organizations, along with a suggested phase-in process based on the county’s meeting of public health criteria established by the State of Wisconsin.
“These are recommendations rooted in public health science and data, along with valuable input that we received from our business community,” said Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit. “While it is tempting for many people to try to put this crisis behind us, COVID-19 is far from disappearing from our community. We have to stay strong and steadfast against the virus’ spread, and this plan gives businesses a framework by which to do so.”
A draft of the plan was released to the public earlier this month and then turned over to workgroups representing various business sectors. Working with Kenosha County Division of Health and KABA staff, these groups refined the plan into the final document that cleared the Kenosha County Kickstart oversight committee.
“The Kickstart plan provides a roadmap as Kenosha County businesses reopen and ramp back up,” said KABA President Todd Battle. “We are very appreciative of the Health Department’s efforts to prepare this document and engage employers and businesses in the process.”
The plan is available for the public and businesses to review at

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While the workgroups did not make significant alterations to the draft plan, there were a few notable changes:
• Specified percentages were removed from recommended capacity limits for businesses during the phase-in process, allowing businesses flexibility to decide what makes sense for their individual operations.
• Some minor edits were made to public guidance and safe workplace practices, based on industry feedback.
Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser said he was pleased to see the plan develop in a collaborative process.
“We wanted to get a lot of fingerprints on this plan, to make sure we had something that would be workable for businesses, and ultimately beneficial for public health,” Kreuser said. “I thank everyone who was involved with the planning process, and I now look to our community to heed these recommendations in the name of controlling COVID-19 in Kenosha County.”
Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian is also calling on the community to follow the plan.
"I hope people will follow the guidelines for their protection and the protection of others," Antaramian said. "It is not a lot to ask, that people follow some common-sense precautions."
Kenosha County Kickstart highlights:
Suggestions cited within the plan include:
• Recommended, temporary capacity limits for restaurants, bars, retail
establishments and other businesses and organizations
• Recommended, temporary capacity limits for gatherings, including religious
services, with allowances for larger groups at outdoor wedding services
• A continued prohibition of outside visitors, other than for essential services, at
nursing homes and long-term care facilities, with an eventual phase-in for
visitors with screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
• Businesses are strongly encouraged to enact procedures including screening of
staff for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure prior to each shift, reporting of symptoms by workers, and the use of proper isolation techniques for workers testing positive for COVID-19.

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n Businesses are urged to develop sick leave policies and to make their employees aware of them.
All phases of the plan recommend the continued practice of healthy habits, including: n The wearing of cloth face coverings for all public activities for anyone who can
wear them, recognizing that those with certain medical or physical conditions
may not be able to do so
n Physical distancing of six feet or more between individuals who belong to
different households
n Good hygiene practices, including frequent handwashing, avoiding touching your
face, sneezing or coughing into a tissue or the inside of your elbow and
disinfection of frequently used items and surfaces n Staying home when you feel sick
Phase-in process:
n The plan recommends a three-phase process starting with the current phase,
which began May 14. The starts of phases 2 and 3 will be announced by the
Kenosha County Division of Health when gating criteria are met.
n Up-to-date information about Kenosha County’s standing in meeting the gating
criteria is available on a Kenosha County Kickstart Dashboard page on the Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Hub website. The hub site is located at A direct link to the Kickstart dashboard is here:
Together, we can and will slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Latest county COVID news

This week’s COVID-19 FAQs from the Kenosha County Joint Information Center are a special edition, geared toward members of our Spanish-speaking community.
The questions were answered by members of the Kenosha County Division of Health and presented in a video featuring Dahlia Moreno, senior administrative assistant in the Division of Health.
They appear here in English and Spanish: Q: If the Division of Health contacts me, what are you doing with the information you are gathering and what is the process?
A: You will be contacted by a Public Health Nurse. If you are more comfortable speaking Spanish, you will be called back with an interpreter on the line to be able to complete the interview.
The nurse will do an interview/contact tracing. It’s important for us to have the information that we are asking for in order to help you, keep you safe and provide you the next steps for your health and the health of your family.
Q: “I’m healthy. So I can’t or won’t get sick; COVID just affects people with past medical histories, right?”
A: COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
• People 65 years and older
• People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
• People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled,
o People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma o People who have serious heart conditions
o People who are immunocompromised
§ Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ

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transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune-weakening medications
• People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
• People with diabetes
• People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
• People with liver disease
Q: How about having large family gatherings? Is this OK?
There are a number of factors to consider when determining the need to postpone or cancel a large gathering. These include:
• The overall number of attendees. Larger gatherings offer more opportunities for person-to-person contact and therefore pose greater risk of COVID-19 transmission.
• The density of attendees within a confined area. Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person to person happens most frequently among close contacts (within 6 feet).
Q: Please let me know what the symptoms of COVID are?
A: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
• Cough
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• Fever
• Chills
• Muscle pain
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell
Q: I run a small grocery store – how can we follow the rules?
A: The Kenosha County Kickstart plan, to be finalized soon, will address guidelines for local businesses.
We recommend opening slowly such as only allowing 25% capacity until we hit Phase 2. Make sure you are following social distancing guidelines of 6 feet separation – especially when standing in the check-out lines or waiting in line to enter the store. Please understand this is for public health concerns and to keep your patrons and staff safe and healthy.
This list is not all possible symptoms. Other, less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

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Q: I rideshare to work – how can I keep safe?
A: The CDC offers the following guidelines:
• Encourage workers to avoid carpooling to and from work, if possible
o If carpooling or using company shuttle vehicles is a necessity for workers, the
following control practices should be used:
§ Limit the number of people per vehicle as much as possible. This may
mean using more vehicles.
§ Encourage employees to maintain social distancing as much as possible.
§ Encourage employees to use hand hygiene before entering the vehicle
and when arriving at the destination.
§ Encourage employees in a shared van or car space to wear cloth masks.
§ Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces after each carpool or
shuttle trip (e.g., door handles, handrails, seatbelt buckles).
§ Encourage employees to follow coughing and sneezing etiquette when in
the vehicle.
Q: Why is a mask important?
A: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Cloth face coverings may prevent people who don’t know they have the virus from transmitting it to others. These face coverings are not surgical masks or respirators and are not appropriate substitutes for them in workplaces where masks or respirators are recommended or required. Please remember to wear your mask covering your nose and mouth.
One last note:
Finally – unrelated directly to COVID-19 but related to the health of our community – we strongly encourage people to respond to the 2020 Census, if they haven’t already.
It’s easy to do, and the U.S. Census Bureau will keep your answers confidential. You will NOT be asked about your citizenship or immigration status.
It’s important to count everyone in Kenosha County, so that we receive the federal resources we’ll need for public health, education, transportation and other important services. You can submit your response at
Please send your questions for future FAQ segments to Videos of these FAQ sessions are available on YouTube at and on the Kenosha County Government Facebook page, at
And now, this week’s questions and answers in Spanish:

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Las preguntas de esta semana fueron respondidas por Dahlia Moreno, asistente administrativa principal, con la División de Salud del Condado de Kenosha.
Si la División de Salud se contacta conmigo, ¿qué está haciendo con la información que está acumulando/recopilando y cuál es el proceso?
Una enfermera de salud pública se comunicará con usted y, si se siente más cómodo hablando español, se lo llamará con un intérprete en línea para poder completar la entrevista. La enfermera hará una entrevista / rastreo de contactos. Es importante para nosotros tener la información que solicitamos para ayudarlo, mantenerlo a salvo y informarle de los próximos pasos para su salud y la de su familia.
Estoy sano. Entonces, no puedo o no me enfermaré, COVID solo afecta a personas con antecedentes médicos ¿verdad?
COVID-19 es una enfermedad nueva y hay información limitada sobre los factores de riesgo de enfermedad grave.
Según la información actualmente disponible y la experiencia clínica, los adultos mayores y las personas de cualquier edad que tienen afecciones médicas subyacentes graves podrían tener un mayor riesgo de enfermedad grave por COVID-19. Según lo que sabemos ahora, las personas con alto riesgo de enfermedad grave por COVID-19 son:
• Personas mayores de 65 años.
• Las personas que viven en un asilo o en un centro de atención a largo plazo.
• Personas de todas edades con afecciones médicas subyacentes, particularmente si no
están bien controladas, que incluyen:
• Personas con enfermedad pulmonar crónica o asma moderada a grave.
• Las personas que tienen afecciones cardíacas graves.
• Personas inmunocomprometidas o sea que tienen las defensas bajas.
o Muchas afecciones pueden hacer que una persona esté inmunocomprometida, incluido el tratamiento del cáncer, fumar tabco, el trasplante de médula ósea u órganos, deficiencias inmunes, VIH o SIDA mal controlados y el uso prolongado de corticosteroides y otros medicamentos para el debilitamiento inmunitario.
• Personas con obesidad severa (índice de masa corporal [IMC] de 40 o más)
• Personas con diabetes.
• Personas con enfermedad renal crónica sometidas a diálisis.
• Personas con enfermedad del igado.
¿Qué tal tener grandes reuniones familiares? ¿Esta bien?
Hay una serie de factores para considerar al determinar la necesidad de posponer o cancelar una gran reunión. Éstas incluyen:
• El número total de asistentes. Las reuniones más grandes ofrecen más oportunidades para el contacto de persona a persona y, por lo tanto, presentan un mayor riesgo de transmisión de COVID-19.

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• La densidad de asistentes dentro de una área confinada. Según lo que se sabe actualmente sobre el virus, el contagio de persona a persona ocurre con mayor frecuencia entre contactos cercanos (a menos de 6 pies).
Por favor, hágame saber cuáles son los síntomas de COVID?
Las personas con COVID-19 han reportado una variedad de síntomas, que van desde síntomas leves hasta enfermedades graves.
Los síntomas pueden aparecer 2-14 días después de la exposición al virus. Las personas con estos síntomas pueden tener COVID-19:
• Tos
• Falta de aliento o dificultad para respirar.
• Fiebre
• escalofríos
• Dolor muscular
• Dolor de garganta
• Nueva pérdida de sabor u olfato
Esta lista no son todas los síntomas posibles. Se han informado otros síntomas menos comunes, incluidos síntomas gastrointestinales como náuseas, vómitos o diarrea.
Tengo una pequeña tienda de comida y dipensas. ¿Cómo podemos seguir las reglas?
El plan “Kickstart de Kenosha” son guias para las empresas locales.
Recomendamos abrir lentamente, como permitir solo un 25% de capacidad hasta que alcancemos la fase 2. Asegúrese de seguir estas guias de distanciamiento social de 6 pies de separación, especialmente cuando esté parado en las líneas de salida o esperando en la fila para entrar a la tienda. Por favor, comprenda que esto es por preocupaciones de salud pública y para mantener a sus clientes y sus empleados seguros y saludables.
Viajo en veiculo compartido con otras personas al trabajo, ¿cómo podemos mantenernos seguros?
El Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades tienen las siguientes guias:
• Anime a los trabajadores a evitar compartir el viaje hacia y desde el trabajo, si es
o Si compartir vehículos o usar vehículos de transporte de la empresa es una
necesidad para los trabajadores, se deben utilizar las siguientes prácticas de control:
§ Limitar la cantidad de personas por vehículo tanto como sea posible. Esto puede significar usar más vehículos.
§ Anime a los empleados a mantener el distanciamiento social tanto como sea posible.

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§ Anime a los empleados a usar higiene de manos antes de entrar al vehículo y al llegar a su destino.
§ Anime a los empleados en una camioneta o espacio compartido en el automóvil a usar tapa bocas/mascaras de tela.
§ Limpie y desinfecte las areas que se tocan con frecuencia después de cada viaje en automóvil compartido o transporte (por ejemplo, manijas de puertas, pasamanos, cinturones de seguridad).
§ Anime a los empleados a seguir la etiqueta de tos y estornudos cuando estén en el vehículo.
¿Por qué es importante usar mascara o tapa bocas?
El Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades recomienda usar cubiertas faciales de tela en lugares públicos donde otras medidas de distanciamiento social son difíciles de mantener, especialmente en áreas de transmisión comunitaria significativa.
Las cubiertas de tela para la cara pueden evitar que las personas, que no saben que tienen el virus, lo transmitan a otros. Estos revestimientos faciales no son máscaras quirúrgicas o respiradores y no son sustitutos apropiados para ellos en lugares de trabajo donde se recomiendan o requieren máscaras o respiradores. Recuerde usar su máscara cubriendo su nariz y la boca.
Finalmente - no relacionado directamente con COVID-19 pero relacionado con la salud de nuestra comunidad, alentamos a las personas a responder al Censo 2020, si aún no lo han hecho.
Es fácil de hacer, y la Oficina del Censo de EE. UU. Mantendrá la confidencialidad de sus respuestas. NO se le preguntará sobre su ciudadanía o su estatus migratorio. Es importante contar a todos los que viven en el condado de Kenosha, para recibir los recursos federales que necesitamos para la salud pública, la educación, el transporte y otros servicios importantes. Puede enviar su respuesta a
Gracias nuevamente por acompañarnos esta semana. Envíenos sus preguntas a, y recuerde usar una máscara sobre la nariz y la boca y practicar el distanciamiento social. Juntos, podemos seguir trabajando para aplanar la curva en el condado de Kenosha.
Together, we can and will slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

xHighway S reconstruction work now underway

Work is now underway on the reconstruction and expansion of Highway S between the Interstate 94 East Frontage Road and Highway 31, Kenosha County Highway Director Clement Abongwa announced today.

This project, which will continue through late 2021, will result in the widening of the existing two-lane, rural roadway into a four-lane, divided highway. It includes the addition of turn lanes, replacement of traffic signals, improvements to drainage and the addition of an off-road, multiuse path for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The project is broken into two phases, which will be built out concurrently.

Phase 1 includes the roughly 2-mile stretch from Highway 31 (Green Bay Road) to just west of Highway H (88th Avenue). Work on this phase began earlier this year, with utility relocation. Early work has also included a temporary widening at the Highway H intersection and installation of temporary traffic signals there and at Brumback Boulevard.

Related to this year’s Phase 1 work, Highway S is now reduced to one lane in both directions near Highway 31 intersection and some turn lanes will be closed until late fall.

Phase 2, including the roughly 1.6-mile stretch between Highway H and the Amazon west driveway, remains out for bid, with contractors’ submissions due on May 29 and work to begin shortly thereafter.

“This project is off to a good start,” Abongwa said. “We have many months of work to go, but I believe the public will be pleased with the end result — a safer, expanded roadway that will meet the traffic needs of the area.”

For more information about the project, including the first in an upcoming series of project update briefs, please visit Project.

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Kenosha County Joint Information Center publishes weekly list of needs at local food pantries

In response to numerous inquiries from community members on how they can help during the
COVID-19 emergency, the Kenosha County Joint Information Center is publishing a weekly list
of needs at local food pantries.
This list is compiled by Extension Kenosha County in cooperation with the Joint Information
Center. To add your organization to the list, please contact Amy Greil at
Current needs by organization, including the hours they are open to accept donations, are as
Shalom Center 4314 39th Ave., Kenosha Donations accepted 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; weekends by appointment at 262-658- 1713, ext. 100. Food products needed this week: Jelly, sliced ham/turkey, canned tuna, snacks, pasta sauce, noodles Non-food products needed this week: Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes Salvation Army 3116 75th St., Kenosha Donations accepted 8:30-a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday (except during pantry distribution hours, 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday), 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday Food products needed this week: Jelly, spaghetti sauce, eggs Non-food products needed this week: Toilet paper 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: None
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Women and Children’s Horizons
To arrange for donations, please call 262-656-3500.
Food products needed this week: None
Non-food products needed this week: Cleaning Supplies Grace Welcome Center 2006 60th St., Kenosha Donations accepted 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday; 7 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday Food products needed this week: Canned meats (tuna, chicken and beef stew), jelly, cereal, Hamburger Helper Non-food products needed this week: Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bleach
Vivent Health
1212 57th St., Kenosha
To arrange for donations, please call 262-657-6644
Food products needed this week: None
Non-food products needed this week: Household cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items For more information about COVID-19 in our community, including statistics and links to
resources, visit the Kenosha County COVID-19 hub at The Kenosha County Joint Information Center encourages people with questions about COVID- 19 that they cannot answer online to dial 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 website, Together, we can and will slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus.