County Public Health hosting COVID-19 booster dose clinic Friday

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health will host a COVID-19 booster dose clinic this Friday, Oct. 8, at the Kenosha County Job Center. The clinic at the center ⏤ located at 8600 Sheridan Road in Kenosha ⏤ will run 9 a.m. to noon. County officials stress the clinic is “intended to serve eligible individuals [...]

Wilmot, Pleasant Prairie COVID-19 testing sites open in Kenosha County

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ The Wisconsin National Guard will offer free, drive-through COVID-19 testing Thursday, Sept. 30, and Friday, Oct. 1, in Wilmot. The testing site ⏤ active from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days ⏤ will sit on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds, 30820 111th St. Organizers ask that residents seeking testing enter through the [...]

County public health, Grace again offering incentives at Thursday clinic

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Editor’s note: Daniel Thompson has volunteered at previous Grace Welcome Center pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics. He also received his COVID-19 vaccination at the center. This is simply a disclosure of that past relationship. You can read about his personal vaccination experience here.  KENOSHA ⏤ Grace Welcome Center, Kenosha County Public Health and the state are [...]

Alderman pulls mask ordinance ahead of City Council meeting

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KENOSHA ⏤ Dist. 10 Alderman Anthony Kennedy has withdrawn his proposed ordinance updating the city's face mask response during the COVID-19 pandemic. City officials announced Kennedy's decision on the ordinance, which had packed two meetings full of protesters, in a press release sent Friday. The city of Kenosha's press release announcing Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony [...]

County Public Health, Grace hoping incentives increase vaccinations

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KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Public Health officials and Grace Welcome Center are hoping incentives will increase turnout tomorrow at their COVID-19 vaccination clinic.  The pop-up clinic ⏤ located at Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St. ⏤ will start at 8 a.m. tomorrow (Sept. 2). The clinic will end at 9:15 a.m. Cash, gift card vaccination incentives [...]

Tonight: A COVID-19 mask ordinance recreation and open mics

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KENOSHA ⏤ Tonight, the Kenosha City Council will once again briefly wade into the face mask ordinance waters as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on throughout Kenosha County.  During tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting at City Hall, 625 52nd St., Dist. 10 Ald. Anthony Kennedy is set to introduce the repealing and recreation of parts of the [...]

Kenosha mask mandate ends as vaccination numbers stagnate in communities of color

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KENOSHA ⸺ As of today, the city of Kenosha is no longer under the enforcement of any face mask mandate. However, the county Health Department has released recommendations to continue to stop the spread of COVID-19.  On Wednesday, a day before the city’s mandate expired, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit encouraged residents to [...]

Kenosha County Health Officer: Children 12 and up can now get Pfizer vaccine

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Children aged 12 years and older can now go get Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations, county Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit announced Thursday. Freiheit, in a morning release, said the county is following the eligibility expansion of the CDC’s Wednesday action. On that day, the CDC authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine for [...]

Freiheit: New COVID-19 vaccination tactic similar to polio response, more mobile

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit told the county Health Board Tuesday that the new approach to fighting COVID-19 mirrors that used to fight polio in the mid-1900s. https://www.facebook.com/theuptownobserver/videos/914626509094371 “Be mobile," she told the county Health Board. "Be in the neighborhoods." "That’s our strategy this summer." She also equated the shift [...]

City Council strikes down attempt to repeal Kenosha mask mandate

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KENOSHA ⏤ Monday night, the City Council voted overwhelmingly to kill an effort to repeal the city's mask mandate, which will remain in effect until May 27. The effort, led by sponsors Dist. 5 Ald. Rocco LaMacchia, Dist. 6 Ald. Dave Paff and Dist. 16 Ald. Dominic Ruffalo, sought the City Council to end the [...]

Night Out in Kenosha: Would You Kindly? at Kenosha Fusion

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KENOSHA ⏤ In the past month, a lot of the old players and bands that were making headway in the music scene nights prior to COVID-19 have come out of hiatus, including Would You Kindly?. The band stopped by Kenosha Fusion last Saturday night, during which they performed a new song, "Tear Stained Glass." Check [...]

Addendum to Kenosha County Kickstart plan gives further guidance to event organizers

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ On Wednesday, Kenosha County officials released an addendum to the county’s Kickstart plan, providing guidance to event organizers on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. https://videopress.com/v/BauuaDot?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata Important to note is the emphasis officials put on the addendum being recommendations not binding by law. However, they are the best practices as Kenosha [...]

Thompson’s Take (Opinion): Vaccination, feeling safe at Grace while helping the community

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Editor’s Note: This column is about Observer Founder Daniel Thompson's subjective experiences getting a COVID-19 single-dose vaccination. Therefore, this piece is his opinion. This is not a news article. That does not mean that it does not contain facts; however, the main focus is to relay experience.  Hello everyone. I’m writing this because I think [...]

#SaturdayMorningMix: Two claims and a mask mandate extension

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KENOSHA ⏤ Claims filed against the city of Kenosha and an extension of the city's mask mandate until May 27 lead this week's most viewed stories on the Uptown Observer website. As a result, below, please take time to look back on all of our reporting that the community has paid attention to since March [...]

Kenosha City Council extends current mask mandate until May 27, unanimously denies Huber and Grosskreutz claims

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KENOSHA ⏤ The City Council has extended the city’s face mask mandate until near the end of May. The council approved the motion 14-3 Monday night, with aldpersons David Paff (Dist. 6), Mitchell Pedersen (Dist. 12) and Dominic Ruffalo (Dist. 16) voting against.  The extension, approved off of a resolution by Dist. 2 Ald. Bill [...]

#SaturdayMorningMix: A drug bust and a barber lead stories this week

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KENOSHA ⏤ The Uptown Observer hit on various aspects of the Kenosha County community this week, ranging from crime to the COVID-19 pandemic. We covered a shooting near Grace Lutheran Church in the Uptown neighborhood. The Observer also reported on an update on local distribution efforts of the COVID-19 vaccine. And we got to see [...]

#MidWeekRewind: A vaccine update and a shooting top latest articles

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KENOSHA ⏤ Another Wednesday means another time to reflect on recent articles published by The Uptown Observer site since Saturday, March 6. Therefore, below, please find the latest articles published in the different sections on our site. And, if you like what you read, don't forget to like, share and follow us via the email [...]

Kenosha County health officer updates Health Board on COVID-19 response; vaccine clinics ‘going amazing’

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KENOSHA ⏤ Kenosha County Health Officer Jennifer Freiheit gave her latest local COVID-19 and vaccine clinics update to the Kenosha County Health Board Tuesday morning. https://videopress.com/v/BauuaDot?autoPlay=true&controls=false&loop=true&muted=true&persistVolume=false&preloadContent=metadata According to Freiheit, it won’t be long until the 65-plus age group reaches herd immunity through vaccination ⏤ a multi-faceted effort led by county employees and volunteers. In fact, [...]

Today’s tidbits: A beautiful morning and a mask mandate extension proposal

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KENOSHA ⏤ Waking up Monday morning, the sun's light hit Kenoshans with warmer temperatures and, overall, a beautiful beginning to the work week. As a result, the Uptown Observer's stringer Jordan Pauley rose up early today to capture the sun rising on the city. Please, take a look at his photos below. Alderman proposing mask [...]

First case of U.K. variant of COVID-19 confirmed in Kenosha County

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KENOSHA COUNTY ⏤ On Monday, Kenosha County officials confirmed the first positive case of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 in the county. Personnel received lab results over the weekend confirming that the variant ⏤ known as the U.K. variant ⏤ had made its first appearance in the county. Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit [...]