The Kewaunee County Public Health Department issued “reopening guidelines” for residents and businesses Thursday after the state Supreme Court ruled that the secretary of the state Department of Health Services (DHS) went beyond her authority in extending Gov. Tony Evers’ “Safer at Home” shelter-in-place order on the governor’s behest.

An undaunted Evers went back to the drawing board and authorized DHS to draft administrative rules to reinstate the limitations of the overturned order.

In the meantime, Kewaunee County released a four-page document “intended to provide guidance for reopening businesses in Kewaunee County in the safest manner possible during this global pandemic.”

Here is the link to that document:

Kewaunee County reported one new positive test for COVID-19 on Thursday. The number of local coronavirus cases is now at 30 positive tests, with 85 cases pending and 375 negative tests reported as of Wednesday afternoon. One death from COVID-19 has been recorded.

A state Department of Health Services map still shows slightly more cases (10-25) in the U.S. Census tract that includes Luxemburg, but the Algoma and Kewaunee areas are reporting 5-10 cases each, as well, although the map shows zero-to-four cases in the city of Algoma itself.

The plan, which was developed in collaboration with the Kewaunee County Public Health Department, Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Department, Corporation Counsel and Administration Center, is designed to reopen the local economy, while still protecting the public from further exposure of COVID-19.

“We need to move forward with a new normal,” said Scott Feldt, Kewaunee County Administrator. “Our businesses from small to large need to be able to operate and earn revenue. We are encouraging everyone to continue practices that limit exposure of COVID-19, so Kewaunee County does not have to issue an order with restrictions.”

“In order to successfully move forward, we need to keep in mind that COVID-19 still exists and we need to continue to be vigilant of our actions in order to stop the spread,” said Cindy Kinnard, RN, Director of Kewaunee County Public Health Department.

If you feel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have questions, stay home and contact your primary care provider. To reach the Kewaunee County Public Health Department, call 920-388-7160 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday).