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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.

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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.

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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.

When you turn back your clocks on Saturday night, it&rsq...

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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.

A period o...

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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.

“Springtime f...

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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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Posted on: September 27, 2018

Kenosha County Division of Health highlights stories in celebration of National Recovery Month

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The Kenosha County Division of Health is highlighting three stories of recovery as it commemorates September as National Recovery Month.

These stories, captured on video, highlight the hopeful and human side of treatment and recovery. The first two videos ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2018

Essay contest asks Kenosha County students in grades 4-8, 'What’s a healthy community to you?'

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The Kenosha Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families is asking local elementary and middle school students, “What’s a healthy community to you?”

That is the theme of an essay contest that is now open to all Kenosha County st...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Diaper drive, resource fair to mark National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

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Kenosha County is holding an Infant Health and Safety Fair & Diaper Distribution as it observes September as National Infant Mortality Awareness Month. 

Infant mortality is the death of a baby within the first year of life. Most babies are bor...

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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Kenosha County bird tests positive for West Nile virus

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The Kenosha County Division of Health reports a dead crow found in Kenosha County on July 31, 2018, has tested positive for West Nile virus.

This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Kenosha County since surveillance for the mosqui...

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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Kenosha County to offer Narcan training to local Tavern League members, others at Coins Sports Bar

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The Kenosha County Division of Health, in an ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic, is committed to building awareness about the availability of Narcan, a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

With the support of local tavern...

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Kenosha County receives $3.3 million lead hazard grant

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) this week awarded $3,300,000 to the Kenosha County Division of Health to support continuous efforts to keep families and their children safe from lead-based paint and other home health and safety ...

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Posted on: June 28, 2017

Opioid death prevention grant already saving lives in Kenosha County

On the same day Kenosha County public health nurses completed naloxone training with members of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department, officers there scored their first “save,” reviving a man who was experiencing an opioid overdose.

Naloxone – known by th...

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