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Kenosha Co. health chief urges all schools to move classes online during holidays

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 16:55:36-05

KENOSHA COUNTY — Kenosha County's health director is calling all schools to go virtual during the holiday season to stem the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Jen Freiheit urges all K-12, colleges and universities to teach all classes virtually between Nov. 23 and Jan. 4.

Freiheit cites recent data suggesting that the coroanvirus pandemic will not slow down within the next 12 weeks.

“With Thanksgiving, December holidays and New Year’s gatherings, public health is preparing for a spike in cases after each event,” Freiheit said in a statement. “It is the small family gatherings with those outside of your immediate household that are spreading COVID the fastest.”

Freiheit says she issued her recommendation after consulting with school districts and institutions of higher education in the county. Freiheit clarifies her message is not an order but urges schools to give it "serious consideration."

“Our schools have been incredibly cooperative, working with us every step of the way throughout the pandemic,” Freiheit said. “The goal of this recommendation is to keep the students, school staff and families as safe as possible as we move into the holiday season.”

See Freiheit's letter below.

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