Local providers of the COVID-19 vaccine now available o Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Website

A list of local providers of the COVID-19 vaccine is now included on the Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Hub Website, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit announced today.

The list, to be updated frequently, includes names and locations of providers and links to their appointment registration systems.

Freiheit said the objective is to make vaccine provider information easily accessible to the public, as the State of Wisconsin has extended eligibility to all residents age 65 and over. She cautioned, however, that while there are several providers now offering the vaccine, availability remains limited.

“I know that many people 65 and above are clamoring to get the vaccine, and we want to get as many Kenosha County residents as possible vaccinated as soon as possible,” Freiheit said. “Unfortunately, demand far outweighs supply at this time, so many people may find it difficult to find an available appointment with a provider.”

“We look forward to this situation changing and the vaccine becoming more widely available,” Freiheit added, “but this is all subject to the supplies that the state Department of Health receives and, in turn, distributes to health departments, pharmacies, hospitals and other providers.”

People are urged to contact their health care provider with further questions about vaccination and their own health conditions.

As supplies allow, Kenosha County residents who are 65 and older will be able to access the vaccine through their health care provider, pharmacy, or other local vaccinators as listed on the county Hub webpage. Those being vaccinated directly through their health care provider will typically be contacted by their provider to schedule an appointment.

The new listing of local providers is available at http://bit.ly/KCCOVIDHub or by clicking the flashing red button at the top of the homepage at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/.

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

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to frontline health care personnel Begins

The Kenosha County Division of Health is now helping to provide the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care personnel, with an initial emphasis on emergency medical services workers, Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit said today.

Freiheit said Kenosha County is one of eight public health departments in Wisconsin that received supplies of the vaccine this week.

Kenosha County took delivery of 300 doses, many of which have been transferred to the Kenosha Fire Department, which has been trained to vaccinate its emergency medical technicians. Others are being administered to first responders and other first-tier health care workers by county public health nurses.

“We were ready and prepared to receive early supplies of the vaccine, and we’re now one of the first health departments in the state to get shots in the arms of frontline health care workers,” Freiheit said. “We will continue coordinating the release of the vaccine as quickly as we can receive it. We ask for the public’s patience as we mark this important milestone.”

Following tiers defined by a state advisory group, individuals who provide direct patient service or engage in health care services that place them into contact with patients who may have COVID-19 are defined as Tier 1a, the only group currently eligible for vaccination.

Vaccine eligibility for subsequent tiers including other population groups and, eventually, the general public, will be announced at future dates, pending federal and state guidance.

“We know many people are very eager to receive the vaccine and, eventually, put COVID-19 behind them,” Freiheit said. “Access for future tiers over the coming months will be announced as soon as possible. We ask that people please refrain from calling the Division of Health with questions about vaccine availability, as our staff remains very busy processing a high volume of COVID-19 cases and, now, the limited rollout of the vaccine.”

Freiheit said it remains important to continue important precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.


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.


A person affiliated with the Kenosha Nationals Baseball Club has tested positive for COVID-19

A person affiliated with the Kenosha Nationals Baseball Club has tested positive for COVID-19, the club and the Kenosha County Division of Health announced jointly today.

This individual participated in team events while infectious between Sept. 25 and Oct. 3.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is working with the Kenosha Nationals to notify those who may have come in contact with the infected individual. Close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the last date of exposure.

The Kenosha Nationals have notified all people that were in contact and have alerted them to the measures recommended by the County Health Department and the CDC.

Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or is awaiting the results of a test is asked to isolate. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, fatigue and headache.

Those who are close contacts to a COVID-19-positive individual must quarantine for 14 days from the date of last exposure. Both isolated and quarantined individuals must remain away from the public even if no symptoms are present. People can still spread the virus when they are feeling well and are asymptomatic.

“This unfortunate series of events with the baseball club underscores the importance of isolation for those who have reason to believe they might have COVID-19,” said Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit. “Following public health guidelines can prevent the exposure of people to the virus and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

A free, drive-thru testing opportunity in Kenosha continues Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5 and 6, at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road. The Wisconsin National Guard will be providing testing on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is needed, although advance registration is suggested at http://register.covidconnect.wi.gov.

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A frequently updated list of other testing sites in the area — most of which do require an appointment — is available at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/2058/COVID-19-Testing- Locations.

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

Kenosha County Announces School Closure in Bristol

Kenosha — Kenosha County Division of Health has a confirmed three case(s) of COVID-19 in Bristol School District. These cases had broad reach and hence the joint decision by both the School District and the Kenosha County Division of Health to close the school until September 29, 2020. This allows the school to perform a deep clean as well as quarantine the entire school for 2 weeks.

Bristol Elementary School has 655 K4-8th grade students attending in-person school since September 1st. Everyone is required to wear masks throughout the building and has implemented social distance protocols as much as possible.

The case(s) involve 2 school employees and one student of the Bristol School District in Kenosha County. These individuals are not hospitalized.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is working closely with the school administration.

“The health and well-being of our students and team members are our greatest priority. While individuals at our facility have tested positive for COVID-19, we continue to work together to care for our students and staff, to protect the safety of our team members, and to protect the people in our community. We are also continuing to work with the Kenosha Division of Health and will follow enhanced internal protocols in order to help control the spread of COVID-19.”

Kenosha County Health Officer, Dr. Jen Freiheit stated, “In light of the potential exposure, and airing towards an abundance of caution, the joint decision was made to protect the school community. All were given close contact letters when they left school today providing further instruction.”

Parents are urged to monitor their students and other family members for any COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, headaches, etc. Those who do become symptomatic should call their health care provider and seek testing.

A frequently updated list of testing sites in and around Kenosha County is available online athttps://www.kenoshacounty.org/2058/COVID-19-Testing-Locations. More information about the virus, including local data and links to resources, is available on the Kenosha County COVID-19 Response Hub website, at https://www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19.

If you would like more information on COVID-19 safety in school, visit https://kenosha-county- covid-19-responsekenoshacounty.hub.arcgis.com/