Saturday, May 9, 2020

Racine health officials plead for people to stay home


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RACINE, Wis. —
Health officials in Racine say the community isn't doing its part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Countywide, positive cases are nearing 600 with an increase of 235 cases in the past week.
In the city of Racine, hot spots are popping up, which is why the health department is pleading for people to stay home.

"Very simple, a lot of people are getting sick. They're getting sick quickly," Dottie-Kay Bowersox said.
Racine health officials said their number of positive COVID-19 cases keeps climbing every day.

"Do we have some hot spots here?" WISN 12 News reporter Hillary Mintz said.
"Well, Racine, we're a community of 78,000 (and) some change, and at the same point it is community spread," Bowersox said.
The health department said there are two big reasons the numbers are going up in the city: First, there's more testing and second, people are not staying home.

"From what you're seeing, you don't think the community is doing a good job staying at home?" Mintz asked.
"Well, I think there's a lot of area to be improved. Some of us are doing very well, and some of us are not," Bowersox said.
Downtown Racine on Thursday, WISN 12 News only saw a handful of people out, and only a few were wearing masks.
To date, the city has nearly 400 positive cases, and of those cases, 40% are Hispanic and 40% are African American.
In the past 10 days, there have been an additional 219 cases.

"There's been way too many calls, but we get several a day," Bowersox said.
Bowersox was referring to calls about businesses or people violating the governor's stay home order. The health department then works with police to get compliance and educate about the dangers of being out when you don't have to.
"You may be feeling really well, but that doesn't mean you can't pass the virus, or that you don't have the virus," Bowersox said.
The Racine County Health Department and National Guard will offer a free drive-thru testing clinic next week at Burlington High School.
It's open to those showing symptoms. No appointment is needed.

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