City of Racine


Important Update:

The City of Racine Public Health Department is currently experiencing very high levels of COVID-19 and significant spread in our community. We have seen a rapid increase in the number of daily new cases in past weeks, and the number of cases continues to accelerate upwards.

Due to the increase in cases, case investigation and contact tracing efforts to effectively identify and control the spread of the virus have become increasingly strained. Public health has not consistently been able to interview positive cases and their close contacts in a timely manner. This severely limits efforts to contain the virus.

If you Test POSITIVE:


Stay home and isolate for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset. If you did not have symptoms, remain isolated for 10 days from the date of testing. For detailed instructions, visit:


You can return to work or school on day 11 if you meet the isolation-release criteria:

  • Fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication use, AND
  • Improvement in other symptoms.

You can return to work or school on day 11 if you meet the isolation-release criteria:


Use to let others know they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and what they can do about it.

If you are a CLOSE CONTACT or were EXPOSED:


Close Contact is defined as ANY of the following exposures to a positive or probable case:

  • Being closer than 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or longer in a given day
  • Having physical contact with someone (kiss, hug, handshake, etc.)
  • Having direct exposure to coughs, sneezes, or other bodily fluids
  • Living or spending the night in the same home

Those who have Close Contact with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine:


Quarantine lasts for 14 days from your last exposure. If you live with the individual, this 14 day period begins after the isolation of the ill / COVID-19 positive individual ends.

If you develop symptoms during your quarantine period, you should get tested.

  •  Symptoms 
  • Even if you receive a negative test, you MUST complete your quarantine period.

 If you are a Close Contact and need a Quarantine Letter for employment or school, click here.


Per CDC guidance, sick employees should follow steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees should not return to work until they meet the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider if necessary. Employers should not require a sick employee to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or healthcare provider’s note to return to work. Employees with COVID-19 who have stayed home can stop home isolation and return to work when they have met the criteria above.


Email us at [email protected].

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Message from the Mayor – City of Racine

Today, two City residents were confirmed to have coronavirus. I recorded the following video to give you an update on the situation.

As the economic impacts of COVID-19 are felt in the community, the City is doing what we can to help provide some relief. I am happy to announce the creation of a Small Businesses Emergency Fund and that we are lifting parking restrictions at meters, and delaying tax payments until April 30th. Please watch the video for more details.

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Thank you to our essential workers!

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Racine’s mayor, Cory Mason, phones in to talk about what economic development looked like before the pandemic hit as well as what Racine is doing to keep citizens informed about the Coronavirus.


"Development Matters" Racine Mayor Mason Featured Guest on Radio Program Hour One

by Host Ken Harwood

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