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 [...]

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

COVID-19 vaccine updates lead #SaturdayMorningMix

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KENOSHA ⏤ This week, families hoping to fully vaccinate children received welcome health news: Children 12 years and older can now receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Kenosha County. Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit made the vaccine announcement earlier this week. Likewise, she also gave updates to several county committees on local efforts [...]

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 [...]

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 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, [...]

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 [...]