Ald. LaMacchia shares bitter comments over city mask mandate in its final days

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KENOSHA ⏤ During the alderpersons’ comments portion of Monday night’s City Council meeting, Dist. 5 Ald. Rocco LaMacchia gave brief, biting comments to his colleagues while discussing the city’s ongoing mask mandate.


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LaMacchia gave the only alderpersons’ comments during that portion of the meeting, coming after a lengthy closed session focusing on impending litigation against the city.

In his comments, LaMacchia once again expressed his opposition to the mandate, as he has many times since it has begun. The city’s mandate remains in effect until May 27.

LaMacchia: ‘I hope everybody’s happy’

In his comments, the alderman who recently tried to repeal the mandate with alderpersons David Paff (Dist. 6) and Dominic Ruffalo (Dist. 16) mentioned disappearing mandates around the state.

“As of today, 85 percent of the people over 65 have been vaccinated,” he said. “Milwaukee is ending their mask ordinance this week. Racine is ending their mask ordinance today (Monday).”

He also ended his comments with a bit of a subtle jab at those who supported leaving the city’s mandate in place during their vote two weeks ago

“But yet, we still have our mask ordinance for 10 more days. I hope everybody’s happy.”

Kenosha Dist. 5 Ald. Rocco LaMacchia

LaMacchia neglects to mention overall vaccination percentage

While LaMacchia is right, the 65-plus age group are, in fact, 86% vaccinated as of Tuesday morning, he did not mention the overall percentage of people now vaccinated in the city/county, according to Kenosha County vaccination information. 

In fact, currently only a total of 40% of Kenosha County’s entire population, 58,600 residents, have been fully vaccinated. 

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A screenshot of Kenosha County’s latest vaccination data as of Tuesday morning, May 18, 2021.

To reach herd immunity, a total of 127,500 county residents would need to fully vaccinate to reach 75% vaccination. 

As of Tuesday morning, only 38% of the total city of Kenosha population had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Recent cases are also affecting younger age groups, according to an update Kenosha County Health Officer Jen Freiheit gave the county Health Board last week.


For more information on current vaccination statistics and information, visit https://kenosha-county-covid-19-response-kenoshacounty.hub.arcgis.com/.


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