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Caledonia Officer-Involved Shooting; New Virus Warning From Racine County

May 18, 2020 4:20p

From WGTD News:

State agents are investigating an officer-involved death that occurred Monday morning in Caledonia. According to a news release from the Division of Criminal Investigation, a physical altercation occurred between a Caledonia police officer and a man whom he was trying to arrest. The suspect reportedly removed a gun from his own waistband and shot himself. The man died at the scene. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, per policy. No location was given.

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The director of the Central Racine County Health Dept. is warning that businesses may face legal ramifications if they reopen too quickly. In a news release, Margaret Gesner urges businesses to review local reopening guidelines. Gesner warned that a business could be ordered to close if it’s linked to a COVID-19 outbreak, or face a civil lawsuit should a customer or employee become ill. “The coronavirus pandemic has not gone away just because the Wisconsin Supreme Court has overturned the ‘Safer At Home’ order,” she said. Among other things, the local guidelines call for stores, restaurants and bars to limit the number of customers and staff to no more than 50% capacity. The health department’s jurisdiction includes everything but the City of Racine, Elmwood Park and Wind Point. Unlike the Central Racine County Health Dept., the city’s health department extended Gov. Evers’ order amid conflicting opinions over the powers of local health departments. 

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Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian says staff has been researching ways to place restrictions on businesses to help mitigate the spread of the virus, even though Kenosha County lifted its short-lived extension of Gov. Evers ‘Stay At Home’ order. In an interview with WGTD Morning Show host Greg Berg, Antaramian said he believes the state is reopening too fast. Antaramian said he realizes that people had become impatient with the order, but that people need to do what's smart.  “Think of your parents and grandparents who went through WWII or the depression, “ he said. “They did what they needed to do to make sure they got out the other end. We can do that too.”

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Daily COVID-19 infection numbers from the state are looking up again. Just 144 new cases were reported Monday afternoon. The comparable number for Saturday was over 500. Two more deaths were reported in Racine County, bringing the total to 20.

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