Kewaunee City Hall has reopened to the public after being closed for just over a year.

Mayor Jason Jelinek released this statement on Wednesday (March 24):

Due to the significantly lower amount of COVID-19 cases in our County, I am directing that the City Hall and other City facilities be open to the public effective immediately. This will also mean that the Common Council and City sub-committees may attend in-person meetings at City Hall. We will continue to offer the option of attending meetings virtually for those who cannot or will not attend in person.

We are still in the midst of a deadly global pandemic. Whenever possible, you should limit your exposure by making utility payments through alternative means – direct payment plan (very easy, and saves time!), mail, internet, and our drop box which is located just outside of City Hall. Please make other payments by mail or drop box such as dog licenses, parking tickets, etc.

I want to thank the public for your patience as all of us have been struggling for some sense of normalcy during this global pandemic. We are not there yet, but I think we are seeing a light at the end of this long tunnel. Thank you and stay safe!

The state Department of Health Services count of Kewaunee County positive tests has actually decreased since March 6, when its daily report listed 2,413 cases since statistics were first released starting in March 2020.

As of Thursday (March 25), the state claimed 2,351 positive tests from Kewaunee County, and 24 total deaths.

A note on the DHS website explains the discrepancy saying, β€œIn recent weeks, DHS has been able to ramp up data quality assurance efforts in the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), which includes correcting case status from “confirmed” or “probable” where appropriate, ensuring completeness of data fields, and reducing unknowns.”

The state report has consistently lagged behind Kewaunee County Public Health, which listed 2,548 total positives as of Thursday. That includes just seven active cases with no current hospitalizations for COVID-19 symptoms.