Statements from the City of Racine Officials on Judges Injunction on Racine’s Local Health Orders

The city of Racine – Racine Mayor Cory Mason and Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox issued the following statements after the circuit court put an injunction on Racine’s Local Public Health order known as “Forward Racine.”

“Racine still has the highest per-capita number of coronavirus cases in the state. Safer at Home and Forward Racine were working. While our infection rate is still four times the state average, we have seen a 33% reduction in infection rates. The judge’s recklessness jeopardizes the public health gains we have made and will endanger the health of our residents,” said Mayor Cory Mason

“My responsibility to the residents of the City of Racine is to serve in a professional capacity that will allow and advocate the best health outcomes for the community.  If the orders I issued, kept one family safe or saved one life, it was the right thing. We are beginning to see a decline in the number of cases as well as the rate of infection. I believe our local order was working. At the same time, we still have the highest number of cases per capita in the state. The virus is still prevalent and being spread throughout the community. While there may not be an official order in place, I hope residents will use good judgment and still follow the recommendations of the CDC by washing your hands, wearing a mask, physical distancing, and staying home as much as possible,” said Racine Public Health Administrator Dottie-Kay Bowersox

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