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Posted on: September 29, 2020

COVID-19 testing to be offered at Kenosha County Job Center Oct. 2-3, 5-6

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The Wisconsin National Guard will conduct free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3, and Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5 and 6, at the Kenosha County Job Center.

Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on each of these days...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

UW-Parkside staff member tests positive for COVID-19

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A case of COVID-19 has been confirmed at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the Kenosha County Division of Health and UW-Parkside announced jointly today.

One staff member tested positive and is presently in isolation, per Wisconsin Department of Health ...

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Posted on: August 1, 2020

National Guard to conduct COVID-19 testing Aug. 3-5 at Brass Community School

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Free, drive-thru or walk-thru COVID-19 testing for the public will be offered Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 3-5 at Brass Community School in Kenosha.

This is the latest round of local testing by the Wisconsin National Guard, and the last one scheduled for...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Kenosha County Opioid Task Force statement on dangerous narcotics

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The Kenosha County Opioid Task Force today released the following statement on what appears to be a more-dangerous-than-usual, potentially deadly supply of illicit drugs in our community:

“The Kenosha County Opioid Task Force has recently become ...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

Division of Health stresses importance of quarantining while waiting for COVID-19 test results

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In light of a recent increase in COVID-19 testing locally, the Kenosha County Division of Health is reminding those who have been tested to self-quarantine until they receive their results.

A total of 1,992 people were tested Thursday through Saturday at a...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing available at UW-Parkside July 16-18

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The Wisconsin National Guard is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside this week to provide three days of free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing to the public.

Testing will be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 16-18, in Park...

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Kenosha County Division of Health resumes vaccination services

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After a break in offering immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kenosha County Division of Health will again offer all immunizations starting on Monday, July 6, 2020.

As a precautionary measure to protect the public and staff, the Division of Hea...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Division of Health makes changes to Kenosha County Kickstart data dashboard

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The Kenosha County Division of Health last week made changes to the COVID-19 data that it provides to the public, in an effort to better represent how the virus is affecting the community.

These changes were made to the Kenosha County Kickstart dashboard, ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

Wisconsin National Guard to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Kenosha June 23 and 24

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The Wisconsin National Guard will return to Kenosha County to conduct two days of drive-thru COVID-19 testing for the public this Tuesday and Wednesday, June 23 and 24.

This round of testing will occur outside the Kenosha Municipal Building, 625 52nd St.

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

Concentration of suspected opioid overdoses prompts additional Narcan training

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The Kenosha Fire Department, Kenosha County Opioid Task Force, Kenosha County Office of the Medical Examiner and the Kenosha County Division of Health want to alert the public of a recent concentration of suspected opioid-related overdoses in the City of ...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Kenosha County Division of Health seeks clinical professionals to assist with disease investigation

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The Kenosha County Division of Health is looking for people with clinical backgrounds to assist with COVID-19 Positive Case Disease Investigation.

Applications for limited-term disease investigator positions are being taken at https://www.kenoshacounty.org...

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

UPDATED: Drive-thru COVID-19 testing center to operate June 4, 5 and 6 at Tremper High School

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The Kenosha County Division of Health and the Wisconsin National Guard will offer another drive-thru COVID-19 testing site this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 4, 5 and 6, at Tremper High School in Kenosha.

Anyone ages 5 and up can be tested, regardles...

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Posted on: May 30, 2020

45 positive COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths at Kenosha Estates Living and Care Center

Forty-five residents of a Kenosha long-term care facility have tested positive for COVID-19, with three fatalities, the Kenosha County Division of Health announced today.

These cases have occurred at Kenosha Estates Living and Care Center, a skilled nursin...

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Posted on: May 30, 2020

Positive cases of COVID-19 ID'd in seven local establishments

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Known positive cases of COVID-19 have emerged at seven establishments in Kenosha County, the Division of Health announced today.

The Division of Health is disclosing the establishments in cooperation with the businesses, in an effort to slow the spread of ...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Wisconsin National Guard to provide COVID-19 testing June 1-6 at Westosha Central High School

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The Kenosha County Division of Health, in partnership with the Wisconsin National Guard, will offer a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site during the week of June 1 at Westosha Central High School in the Village of Paddock Lake.

Anyone ages 5 and up can be tes...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Finalized Kenosha County Kickstart plan offers reopening guidance to businesses, organizations

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The City and County of Kenosha, in partnership with the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, today released the final draft of a plan to help guide businesses through the process of restarting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kenosha County Kickstart of...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Six COVID-19 fatalities reported at local long-term care facility

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Six COVID-19-positive residents of a long-term care facility in the City of Kenosha have died in recent weeks, the Kenosha County Division of Health announced today.

The deaths occurred at The Bay at Sheridan Health and Rehabilitation Center, 8400 Sheridan...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

City, county, KABA unveil draft of Kenosha County Kickstart plan to restart local economy

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Local officials today released a draft of a plan that outlines a series of best practices to help local businesses restart after the COVID-19 shutdown, while also promoting public health and safety.

The Kenosha County Kickstart plan includes recommendation...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Kenosha County withdraws local order on Safer-at-Home

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In response to differing and updated legal guidance, Kenosha County is immediately withdrawing its local action that continued the provisions of the state’s Safer-at-Home Order, Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit announced tonight.

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Local action maintains May 26 expiration of Safer-at-Home order within Kenosha County

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In response to today’s Wisconsin Supreme Court decision overturning the state’s Safer-at-Home Order, Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit tonight issued a local order continuing the regulations within the county until May 26....

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Kenosha County Kickstart oversight committee to review recommendations for economic restart

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An oversight committee charged with reviewing recommendations to reignite Kenosha County’s economy in the wake of COVID-19 will convene for the first time on Thursday.

The initiative, called “Kenosha County Kickstart,” strives...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Free, no-appointment-needed COVID-19 testing available in Burlington, Milwaukee

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The Kenosha County Division of Health is encouraging people who are seeking COVID-19 testing and have been otherwise unable to obtain it to utilize the no-appointment-needed, drive-thru sites now operating in Burlington and Milwaukee.

There is no charge fo...

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Posted on: May 9, 2020

Kenosha County Joint Information Center COVID-19 FAQs, May 9, 2020

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The Kenosha County Joint Information Center today presents the latest installment of its series answering the community’s questions about COVID-19.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is accepting questions by email at COVID19@kenoshacounty.org...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

National Guard partners with Kenosha County on COVID-19 testing at select private employers

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In an effort to contain localized outbreaks of COVID-19, the Kenosha County Division of Health has partnered with the Wisconsin National Guard to conduct testing at select private employers.

This testing has occurred over the last week and may continue in ...

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Posted on: May 2, 2020

Kenosha County Joint Information Center COVID-19 FAQs, May 2, 2020

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The Kenosha County Joint Information Center is presenting the latest in its series answering the community’s questions about COVID-19.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is accepting questions by email at COVID19@kenoshacounty.org. Those asked...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

KCHC, Kenosha County Division of Health open drive-thru COVID-19 testing center at Gateway

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An effort to test a higher percentage of Kenosha County residents for COVID-19 began this morning, with the opening of a new, drive-thru testing site in a parking lot at Gateway Technical College’s Kenosha Campus.

A joint venture between the Keno...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing center to open on Gateway campus

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The Kenosha Community Health Center, in cooperation with the Kenosha County Division of Health and Gateway Technical College, will open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site later this week.

This site will be available to patients who have been selected by he...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Wisconsin National Guard to offer COVID-19 testing assistance at Detention Center, Pretrial Facility

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Members of the Wisconsin National Guard will be coming to Kenosha County this week to assist with COVID-19 testing at the Kenosha County Detention Center and Pretrial Facility.

All inmates and employees at these facilities are being tested in an effort to ...

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Posted on: April 25, 2020

Kenosha County Division of Health projections show success of ongoing social distancing requirements

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A projection model used by the Kenosha County Division of Health suggests that current public health measures are “flattening the curve” and continued social distancing would significantly reduce total infections and hospitalizations l...

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Posted on: April 25, 2020

Kenosha County Joint Information Center COVID-19 FAQs, April 25, 2020

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The Kenosha County Joint Information Center this week is presenting the fifth in its ongoing series answering the community’s questions about COVID-19.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is accepting questions by email at COVID19@kenoshacounty...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Kenosha County residents using 2-1-1 frequently to access COVID-19 information

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Kenosha County residents are embracing using the 2-1-1 system as a pipeline to information and resources related to COVID-19.

Among Wisconsin’s counties that are using the system, Kenosha County ranks second behind only Milwaukee County in terms ...

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Kenosha County Division of Health seeking donations of cloth masks, gowns

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The Kenosha County Division of Health is in need of donations of cloth masks and gowns.

Masks are being dropped off to residents who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts.

Cloth masks and gowns are also needed for long-term care and assisted l...

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Posted on: April 18, 2020

Kenosha County Joint Information Center COVID-19 FAQs, April 18, 2020

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The Kenosha County Joint Information Center is back this week with more answers to the community’s questions about COVID-19.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is accepting questions by email at COVID19@kenoshacounty.org. Those asked most freq...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

Kenosha County reports first cases of COVID-19 in long-term care facility

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Kenosha County now has its first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a long-term care facility, the Division of Health announced today.

The cases involve five residents and two employees of Parkside Manor, 6300 67th St., in Kenosha. These individuals are not ho...

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Posted on: April 11, 2020

Kenosha County Joint Information Center COVID-19 FAQs, April 11, 2020

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For the third straight week, the Kenosha County Joint Information Center is answering the community’s most frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is accepting questions by email at COVID19@kenoshacounty.o...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

UPDATED: Division of Health urges people to stay safe by practicing religion, spirituality from home

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Note: This news release has been updated to reflect Gov. Tony Evers’ announcement Friday that worship services in parking lots, in which attendees remain in their vehicles, are permitted under the Stay-at-Home order.

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Health officer encourages use of cloth face coverings to help slow spread of COVID-19

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Kenosha County Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit is encouraging the public to follow a recent federal recommendation, urging people to wear a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

The Centers for D...

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Kenosha County records first COVID-19 death

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Kenosha County officials regret to announce today that the first Kenosha County resident has died from complications of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall said the deceased individual is an 85-year-o...

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Posted on: April 4, 2020

Kenosha County Joint Information Center COVID-19 FAQs, April 4, 2020

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The Kenosha County Joint Information Center is continuing to provide answers to the community’s most frequently asked questions about COVID-19.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is accepting questions by email at COVID19@kenoshacounty.org, an...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Kenosha County debuts new COVID-19 Information Hub

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A new, enhanced COVID-19 Information Hub is now available at www.kenoshacounty.org/covid-19, the Kenosha County Joint Information Center announced today.

The site offers links to relevant resources, answers to frequently asked questions and regularly updat...

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Posted on: March 28, 2020

Kenosha County Joint Information Center COVID-19 FAQs, March 28, 2020

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In the interest of providing answers to the community’s most frequently asked questions about COVID-19, the Kenosha County Joint Information Center has implemented a question-and-answer program.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is accepting ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Reminder from the Kenosha County Division of Health on COVID-19 testing guidelines

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The Kenosha County Division of Health would like to remind citizens of the following with regard to to getting tested for COVID-19:  

Under guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, you will be given priority for testing if you ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

State of Wisconsin provides guidance on COVID-19 testing criteria

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Due to a national shortage of COVID-19 laboratory testing materials, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and the Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory are limiting testing to the highest-priority patients and health care workers.

This guideline, ann...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Kenosha County reports first confirmed case of COVID-19

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The first confirmed case of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has been recorded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the Kenosha County Division of Health reported today.

The infected individual is a 59-year-old female with no travel history.

After testing,...

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Posted on: March 12, 2020

Kenosha County now under State of Emergency as coronavirus precautions ramp up

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County Executive Jim Kreuser today declared a State of Emergency in Kenosha County in an effort to guard against the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

As of this afternoon, (March 12) there remain no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Kenosha County.

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Posted on: March 11, 2020

Division of Health announces COVID-19 guidelines for long-term care facilities and visitors

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As national concern about the spread of the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, the Kenosha County Division of Health today released a series of guidelines for people to consider before visiting local long-term care facilities.

As of March 11 2020, there re...

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Posted on: February 27, 2020

Kenosha County Division of Health still closely monitoring COVID-19, formerly known as coronavirus

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The Kenosha County Division of Health, along with state and federal partners, continues to closely monitor the outbreak of the COVID-19 respiratory illness – formerly referred to as coronavirus – that was first detected in Wuhan, China...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

Concentration of suspected opioid overdoses prompts additional Narcan training

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In response to a concentration of suspected opioid overdoses in the Uptown area, the Kenosha County Division of Health and the Kenosha Public Library are partnering to offer a FREE Narcan training at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Uptown Library, 2419 63r...

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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Kenosha County Division of Health continues to closely monitor coronavirus outbreak

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The Kenosha County Division of Health, along with state and federal partners, is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that was first detected in Wuhan, China, and continues to expand.

Five ca...

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Posted on: January 10, 2020

Kenosha County Division of Health offering half-price test kits throughout Radon Action Month

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January is Radon Action Month, and the Kenosha County Division of Health is again offering home test kits for half price, just $5.

People are encouraged to test their homes for elevated levels of this odorless, radioactive gas that is the nation’...

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Kenosha County, state health officials urge residents to take precautions as flu season takes hold

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With influenza-related hospitalizations on the rise statewide, local and state health officials are emphasizing steps people can take to avoid illness.

To date this winter season, Kenosha County has had seven confirmed cases of influenza, with five hospita...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

Outbreak of Hepatitis A infections potentially linked to fresh blackberries

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising the public of an ongoing outbreak of illnesses caused by Hepatitis A, potentially linked to fresh blackberries purchased from Woodman's Food Market and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market during the period...

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Posted on: December 12, 2019

Wisconsin health officials find E. Coli 0157 in bagged romaine salad from Salinas Valley, Calif.

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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services this week announced that food safety officials found E. coli 0157 bacteria in an unopened bag of pre-washed, chopped romaine lettuce collected from an ill person's home.

As an investigation into a multistate outb...

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Posted on: November 1, 2019

‘Fall back’ while checking your carbon monoxide detectors, Kenosha County Division of Health advises

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As temperatures continue to drop and Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend, the Kenosha County Division of Health is urging people to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Medication collection event to be held at Kenosha County Center on Oct. 26

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Kenosha County will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused prescription and over-the-counter medications...

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Posted on: September 24, 2019

Kenosha County offering free well testing kits to those affected by recent flooding

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The Kenosha County Division of Health is offering free well water test kits to residents whose properties were affected by the recent floods.

Kits are available at the Division of Health offices in Suite 600 of the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

Kenosha Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families to hold diaper drive, Health Equity Forum

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The Kenosha Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families is highlighting Minority Mental Health Month throughout July, with a drive to collect diapers for families in need and a Health Equity Forum.

Diaper drive/infant health and safety event:

Diapers are now...

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Posted on: July 16, 2019

Caution urged, cooling centers available as temperatures spike

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The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Division of Emergency Management and the Division of Health are urging people to prepare for extreme heat this Thursday, July 18, 2019, to Saturday, July 20, 2019, by staying cool, hydrated, and informed.

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

Community health survey to be conducted via telephone

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When “Management Decisions” calls, it is important to you and your family’s health. Why?

Effective July 15, 2019, a community health needs assessment (CHNA) of Kenosha County will be under way. Management Decisions is the rese...

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Posted on: April 5, 2019

Kenosha County to host April 27 Drug Take-Back Day events at two locations

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Kenosha County will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Residents are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to dro...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

Medical Examiner’s Office sounds warning about recent spate of suspected overdose deaths

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A string of four suspected overdose deaths in the last week is raising concern among public health officials in Kenosha County.

Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall said the four deaths since March 22 occurred across Kenosha County – one each in Tw...

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Posted on: March 14, 2019

Kenosha County Division of Health urges people to remain safe during flooding events

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With a Flood Warning in place along the Fox River and Flood Safety Awareness Week coming up the week of March 18-22, the Kenosha County Division of Health is urging people to take precautions to stay safe when flooding events occur.

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Posted on: January 29, 2019

Kenosha County Division of Health offers tips to stay warm and safe during extreme cold

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As temperatures drop and wind chill advisories are in effect, the Kenosha County Division of Health is issuing tips for keeping warm and safe during extreme weather. Serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. The most common c...

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Posted on: January 10, 2019

Kenosha County Division of Health offering half-price test kits during Radon Action Month

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January is Radon Action Month, and the Kenosha County Division of Health encourages people to test their homes for elevated levels of this cancer-causing, odorless, radioactive gas.

Throughout the month, radon test kits will be available for half price, ju...

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Posted on: November 1, 2018

Division of Health urges people to check carbon monoxide detectors when resetting clocks

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As we turn back the clocks on Sunday and temperatures continue to fall, the Kenosha County Division of Health reminds residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Carbon monoxide poisonings become more prevalent when temperatur...

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Posted on: October 4, 2018

National Drug Take Back Day is Oct. 27; local drop-off sites available 365 days a year

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Kenosha County will participate in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Residents are invited and encouraged to bring their unwanted and unused medications to drop-of...

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