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Carthage Race Initiative; RUSD Reentry Session; Walworth Co. Virus Cases

July 8, 2020 7:10p

From WGTD News:

Carthage College has rolled out a multi-pronged plan that addresses systemic and institutional racism. All new incoming students will be required to take a new course called "Diverse Perspectives." A new intercultural center will be established. The college will double-down on trying to eliminate racial and ethnic discrepancies in retention and graduation rates. Other goals include recruiting greater numbers of faculty and staff and trustees for the college's governing body.  

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The Racine School Board will host a listening session next week for parents who want to give their two cents' worth on what the fall semester should look like. The session will be held on Zoom beginning Monday night at 6. Participants can register here.   During the meeting, RUSD staff is expected to present the work that's underway to develop a re-entry plan. Then, participants will have a chance to provide input and ideas and share areas of concern. 

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About half of Walworth County's COVID-19 cases have come in the last six weeks. The Walworth County Health Dept. is attributing the higher daily counts to increased testing. Spokesman Carlo Nevicosi tells WGTD News the results are in line with what had been expected. As of yesterday, 713 cases have been reported in Walworth County. 18 people have died. Several restaurants have had to close in recent days because employees tested positive. Nevicosi says just one person is hospitalized in Walworth County because of COVID-related issues. He says social distancing continues to be the most important and effective strategy in minimizing the spread of the disease. He says if a restaurant can't guarantee a table six feet from all others diners should choose another one. 

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As is Wisconsin as a whole, Lake County, Illinois is reporting an increase in coronavirus cases among young adults, even though the number of new cases in the general population has remained steady. Lake Zurich High School canceled its summer athletic camps after multiple cases were identified among camp participants. The health department is also working with Vernon Hills High School after a student who'd been participating in a camp there tested positive. 

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A small business in Antioch is planning to hop the board and build a new manufacturing facility in Salem Lakes. Advent Tool and Manufacturing will become the second business to locate to the new Salem Industrial Park. Advent is a machine shop that hopes to employee about two-dozen workers by 2022. The owner, Jim Hartford, couldn't be reached for comment yesterday. The announcement was initially made by Gov. Evers' office. 

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