COVID-19 upswing continues in City|Local News I Racine County Eye – Racine, Wisconsin – Racine County Eye

29May 2020

RACINE, WI– The City of Racine continued to lead the county in confirmed cases of the COVID-19virus, according to figures launched Friday afternoon.

The Racine Health Department (RHD) reported 1,175 verified cases and 148 probable cases of COVID-19. There were 5,310 unfavorable test results. RHD reported 11 deaths.

Racine County reported an overall of 1,710 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 266 likely cases as of Friday. There were 10,717 unfavorable test results and there have been 36 deaths. The county's general favorable test percentage was 13.7%– below 15.3% earlier in the week but greater than the statewide positive test portion of 5.3%.

A week ago (Friday, May 22), the City of Racine had 838 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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“That's a pretty substantial jump in a short time period,” Mayor Cory Mason said in a Friday live Facebook message. Although public screening for COVID-19 has actually increased locally throughout the past two weeks, the growth in positive test results is a concern.

“We're deeply concerned about the continued spread of coronavirus,” Mason said.

Increased screening is a key element of minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Locals are encouraged to get checked at a totally free neighborhood testing website at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Individuals wishing to be checked from their cars are asked to drive to Festival Hall via 11th Street to the east and then north on Pershing Drive.

Another totally free neighborhood drive-through testing site will be provided by the RHD, the Central Racine County Health Department and the Wisconsin National Guard next Tuesday through Thursday (June 2-4) at the Case High School parking area, 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wisconsin reported 17,707 validated cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS) reported. There have been 568 deaths credited to the infection.

Racine County continued to rank 3rd statewide in verified COVID-19, according to Friday's DHS stats. Milwaukee remained in top place at 7,429 cases, Brown County was second with 2,308 cases. Kenosha County had the fourth-highest variety of validated COVID-19 cases at 1,131.

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