2021 Susan B. Anthony – Women of Influence Awards Dinner canceled; Scholarships for women and grant opportunities remain available

KENOSHA – Out of an abundance of caution resulting from the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 Susan B. Anthony – Women of Influence Awards banquet will be canceled. However, SBA Award, Inc. is accepting applications for scholarships and grant opportunities in order to support those needs in our community.

“We are saddened to forgo the recognition of the women who do such impactful work in Kenosha County in 2021, but we came to the realization that a virtual event would not be as meaningful for their work and contributions,” said Guida Brown, president of SBA Award, Inc. “We are looking forward to a proper celebration in 2022.”

“Still, the need to support women who are furthering their education and assist nonprofit organizations that assist women and girls are not going away,” Brown said. As a result, SBA Award, Inc. will be seeking donations to support those awards.

Grants are given to nonprofit groups, agencies and organizations that work with girls and/or women and their families in Kenosha County. Grant applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4.

Scholarships are offered to Kenosha County nontraditional-aged female students who have obtained, at a minimum, an associate degree and are seeking to pursue higher education. The scholarship application deadline is also 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4.

To receive Susan B. Anthony – Women of Influence scholarship and grant applications and to donate, contact SusanBAwards@gmail.com.

SBA Inc. is a cooperative effort of three women’s organizations in the Kenosha area: the Kenosha Women’s Network, AAUW-Kenosha (WI) Branch, and Tempo Kenosha with support from the Kenosha Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund and the Southeast Wisconsin Labor Times.  


Kenosha Fire Department announces FREE COVID-19 testing on Wednesdays and Fridays

The Kenosha Fire Department will be offering FREE COVID-19 testing on Wednesdays and Fridays through the end of the year beginning this Friday, Nov. 20, the department announced today.

Anyone who lives or works in Wisconsin, ages 5 and above, can be tested. Testing will take place at vacant Fire Station #3, 2121 Roosevelt Road.

Testing hours are noon to 6 p.m.

The Kenosha Fire Department is offering this testing site in partnership with Modern Apothecary pharmacy and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. In order to be tested, follow these steps:

  1. An appointment is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. Appointments are made by clicking here: https://10to8.com/book/modernapothecary.

  2. After making an appointment, please register in advance by clicking here:

    https://register.covidconnect.wi.gov/en-US/. Registering in advance will speed up

    the line at the testing site and keep traffic congestion to a minimum.

  3. You will receive an e-mail after completing registration. Bring this e-mail printed or on your mobile device to the appointment.

Individuals who are tested should expect results via email within seven days, or by calling the Wisconsin COVID 19 Results Hotline at 866-419-6988.

This newly announced testing is in addition to the testing that Modern Apothecary is offering at the former fire station from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 19.

Information about additional testing opportunities in and around Kenosha County is available here: https://www.kenoshacounty.org/2058/COVID-19-Testing-Locations.

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


Kenosha sees HUGE spike in COVID cases

With cases of COVID-19 rising sharply in Kenosha County, local government and health leaders are imploring the community follow some fundamental health and safety recommendations.

As of Friday, Kenosha County had some 7,200 cumulative, confirmed cases of the virus — a total that increased by more than 700 cases over the course of the week.

“We are in an urgent crisis with COVID-19,” said Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser. “I am calling on our community to take this very seriously — to take the steps we all need to be doing to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this virus, including wearing a mask and staying at home when possible. I know many of you are already doing that, but the significant, continuing spread of cases that we’re seeing shows that we all need to be on high alert.”

Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian urged citizens to take steps to keep themselves and their loved ones safe during the pandemic, such as washing their hands often, wearing masks and avoiding crowds.

“People should exercise good judgment,” Antaramian said. “People who feel ill should stay home and limit their exposure to others.”

Specifically, the Kenosha County COVID-19 Joint Information Center makes the following recommendations:

n Stay home if you do not need to go out.
n If you leave your home, expect that you may be exposed to COVID-19.
n Wear a mask and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
n Avoid all unnecessary travel.
n Avoid all public and personal social gatherings of any size.
n If you have to go out, avoid any businesses that are not following the state mask order. n If you feel sick, stay home.
n Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
n Remember, this won’t last forever! We can make a positive impact for our loved ones,

friends, businesses and our community by adhering to these recommendations.

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Joint Information Center (JIC)

“I understand that with schools in session and the holidays approaching, this is a difficult time to stay home and stay out of harm’s way,” Kreuser said. “But making these sacrifices now will help to keep us all safe and healthy and will get us that much closer to the days when the numbers will go down, and we’ll make that return to the normalcy that’s been missing from our lives.”

Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit echoed Kreuser and Antaramian’s appeal for the community’s cooperation with the recommendations.

“Getting through this pandemic is a team effort,” Freiheit said. “Ultimately, it’s up to all of us to protect ourselves and one another from the virus.”

Some additional information of note from the Kenosha County Division of Health:
n Public health advises asymptomatic people who are a close contact to a positive case to

wait 5-10 days to get tested for COVID-19. Testing too soon after exposure can lead to false negatives, as the body will not yet have enough viral load. Those who have any symptoms even if mild (such as extreme fatigue or runny nose) can test immediately. Anyone who has had close contact to a positive case should quarantine until 14 days after their last contact with the positive individual.

n People sometimes receive test results directly from their physician or laboratory before they are uploaded into the state system that sends test information to local health departments. Once the Division of Health receives lab information indicating a positive case, it is assigned to a disease investigator who will make three attempts to contact the positive individual. Due to case volume, it is now sometimes taking a day or two for disease investigators to make contact with a newly received positive case.

n The Division of Health has trained local schools on how to assign isolation and quarantine dates. Please trust the dates that schools distribute to affected families.

n When one member of a household is identified as positive for COVID-19, the rest of the household contacts should be in quarantine for 14 days while the positive individual isolates alone. If the positive individual does not have access to his or her own bathroom and bedroom, then the rest of the household’s 14-day quarantine period does not begin until the positive individual has been well without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.

More information about COVID-19, including local data and links to resources, is available athttps://www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19.

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


Kenosha County District Attorney dismisses Blake ruling rumors

Contrary to a rumor circulating on social media, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley said he will not issue a decision Monday on whether to pursue criminal charges against the officer involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Graveley issued the following statement:

“This rumor is purely false. In fact, the use-of-force consultant hired to review the case before it is passed to my office for a final decision on whether to charge, has yet to complete his investigation. There is no announcement to make, as no decision has been made.

“I would like to assure the public that no predeterminations have been made about how my office will act on this case, other than that we will await the results of a full investigation and we will take all of the facts into account as we reach a decision, whenever that may be.”

Join Kenosha County 4-H Enrollment for the 2020-2021 4-H year is now open

Join Kenosha County 4-H Enrollment for the 2020-2021 4-H year is now open

Kenosha County 4-H is gearing up for another year of fun, friends, and learning. 4-H clubs across the county are now enrolling new members for the 2020-2021 4-H program year. Youth in kindergarten through one year out of high school can join 4-H.

4‑H empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. It is a research-based experience that includes adult mentors, hands-on projects, and meaningful leadership opportunities.

Based on their interests, youth develop their own pathway in 4‑H. They select from a broad menu of local, state, and national 4‑H projects and programs. There are hands-on, learn-by-doing, opportunities for everyone.

In 4-H, youth develop and practice valuable skills, such as decision-making, critical thinking, record keeping, cooperation, goal setting, problem solving, communication, and leadership.

Adult volunteers provide caring and supportive mentoring to 4-H youth. Adult volunteers are always needed in the over 70 different project areas, such as visual arts, fishing, and robotics, but also in a more general capacity for roles such as chaperones and leadership development. You do not have to be a parent of a 4-H member to be a volunteer.

For more information on how to join Kenosha County 4-H as a youth member or adult volunteer, or to sign up to attend one of our upcoming information sessions, visit https://kenosha.extension.wisc.edu/youth/4-h/ or contact Extension Kenosha County at (262) 857-1945.