City of Racine health officials issue order to close school buildings Nov. 27 due to surge in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 15:01:59-05

CITY OF RACINE — The City of Racine Public Health Department is ordering school buildings to close due to a spike in community spread of COVID-19.

The health department issued a public health order Thursday requiring all schools within the Racine Public Health Department jurisdiction to close their buildings beginning Nov. 27 to Jan. 15. The order also suggested schools switch to virtual learning during that period.

“COVID-19 is being spread throughout the community in the number of daily cases and rates of positivity that have not been seen before. Outbreaks are linked to family gatherings on private property with people from outside of their household including sports parties, baby showers, and backyard gatherings. In addition, through retail establishments and employment situations,” said Dottie-Kay Bowersox, City of Racine Public Health Administrator, in a press release.

The order affects public and private K-12 buildings within the city of Racine and the villages of Elmwood Park and Wind Point. The order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 27 and will end on Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m.

“This is a difficult decision that will certainly make a segment of the population very unhappy. However, until all of our residents take the very real threat to health and life that this virus presents seriously, we will continue to have to make these tough decisions to slow the spread of COVID-19," said Bowersox. "Combating COVID-19 requires everyone to take personal responsibility for their actions, and the recognition that inconveniences now, like wearing a mask properly and not participating in family gatherings outside of your immediate household, are necessary to protect public health and save lives."

Read the full order below:

Public Health Order - Schools Closure 11-12-13 Final (Signed) by TODAY'S TMJ4 on Scribd

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