Kewaunee County facilities are expected to reopen to the public on June 8, County Administrator Scott Feldt said Tuesday night (May 19).

Feldt reported to the County Board during its regular meeting that about half of county staff have been asked to return to the office on Tuesday, May 26, with the other half due Monday, June 1. They have largely been working from home since March 20, when county facilities were closed to the public after Gov. Tony Evers issued his “Safer at Home” executive order.

“There may be a few employees that would be working remotely – those who may still have child-care issues or that are considered medically sensitive,” Feldt said. If all goes according to plan, county offices will reopen to the general public the following Monday, June 8.

Public Health Director Cindy Kinnard reported that Kewaunee County chose to issue guidelines for reopening society last week rather than orders, after the state Supreme Court shot down the Evers administration effort to extend “Safer at Home” without legislative approval.

The county recommendations that went out Thursday (May 14) to assisted living facilities, childcare centers and other businesses include precautions such as limiting mass gatherings to 50 people or less, restaurants operating at 50 percent capacity not to exceed 50, discouraging hand shaking or hugs, and encouraging businesses to continue curbside pickup if at all possible, with social distancing of at least 6 feet between people, Kinnard said.

“So far, so good, we haven’t received much kickback on that,” she said. “I think that people are realizing that something still needs to be in place, we can’t just open up completely.”

The office has received a number of calls asking about larger gatherings further into the summer, “and that’s still a hard call,” Kinnard said.

The county had recorded 31 positive tests for COVID-19 through Tuesday, an increase of two new cases from the previous week, with 521 negative results and 67 tests pending.

Of the 31 cases, Kinnard said, three were 18 or younger, seven were 19-30 years old, 10 were 31-49, eight were 50-65, and three were older than 65. All but seven recovered; six remain active and one person, an 87-year-old man, died.

The county has looked at having a mobile testing site, but Brown County has two full-service sites that Kewaunee County residents could use, she said.