Courtesy John Michael Kohler Arts Center

John Michael Kohler Arts Center announces programming (at a distance) in place of Levitt AMP concert series

The Sheboygan community may miss the live concert series this summer, but the John Michael Kohler Arts Center still plans to offer “a new kind of summer fun.” “Thursday Nights Together (at a Distance)” is new weekly music and arts programming that will take the place of the Levitt Amp concert series this summer. Beginning June 25th, Sheboygan residents should keep an eye open for pop-up concerts that will be performed aboard the Arts Center’s Culinary Art Car. It will be making surprise trips to city neighborhoods three times this summer. 

Playlists of music performed by artists featured in past Levitt AMP Sheboygan concerts will be streamed Thursdays, July 2–August 20 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. on Spotify. The Arts Center will also be hosting a weekly contest and providing weekly “Creating Care Kits” featuring different activities with new materials for participants to try at home.

Common Council seeks to appoint current council president Todd Wolf as City Administrator

In a special meeting to be held on tomorrow, June 22, at 6 pm, Sheboygan common council president Todd Wolf plans to resign from his position. Then, after a closed session final interview, common council will vote on a resolution submitted by Alderpersons Donahue and Sorenson to appoint Todd Wolf as the new City Administrator effective July 7. This latest reshuffling will take place after the current administrator, Darrell Hofland announced his July 3 retirement and submitted his resignation in late April. The City Administrator role was added in 2011 after the council stripped the mayor of certain duties in the wake of the Bob Ryan scandal. Since then, the position has been tasked with overseeing day-to-day operations in city departments, and except for a few remaining powers, the mayor’s office is mostly ceremonial.

Fourth COVID19 death reported in Sheboygan County

Sheboygan, WI — Sheboygan County Health and Human Services is reporting the county’s fourth death related to coronavirus. Unlike the previous three deaths within the county, the latest victim was not associated with a long term care facility and was in the 40-59 age group. In addition to the reported death, there are five new cases of the virus also being reported in the county. This news comes on the heels of Sheboygan County moving to “Phase Two” of the “Sheboygan County Safe Restart Guidelines” on Friday, June 5. Under Phase Two non-essential businesses such as restaurants and bars choosing to adhere to the guidelines are limiting capacity to 50%, which is up from 25% under Phase One.

Sheboygan County Releases New Visual COVID19 Data Dashboard

In a press release on Tuesday, April 14, Sheboygan County Division of Public Health announced it will be sharing daily updates to COVID-19 cases via an online visual dashboard. The dashboard has versions accessible for both desktop and mobile. In the release Health Officer Starrlene Grossman said, “Working in partnership with our mapping experts and IT department, we created the dashboard to create a ‘one stop’ snapshot of the COVID19 data we have here in our community.”

The dashboard will be updated once a day, including weekends, by 3:00pm. Information is gathered from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System. Due to testing criteria, testing supplies and self-isolations there may be people who have COVID-19 who are not tested.

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital accepting cloth mask donations

In a press release Monday, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital announced they would be collecting cloth, handmade facemasks. With it they included the following links with criteria and instructions for making the masks they are requesting. Click here to watch a tutorial on making masks with elastic strapsClick here to watch a tutorial on making masks with cotton strapsClick here to download printable instructions

The hospital will be collecting the masks between now and Friday, April 10, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anybody donating masks is asked to deliver them to the collection bin located outside the hospital’s Chapel entrance on Taylor Drive. They requested that the masks be donated in packs of 25 sealed in sealing plastic bags.

Sheboygan County Health Department reports first coronavirus death in the county

Sheboygan, WI — Sheboygan County Health and Human Services is reporting the county’s first death related to coronavirus. The deceased was a resident at the Sunny Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Besides the deceased, there are three additional confirmed cases of coronavirus related to Sunny Ridge. Two of the cases are residents of Sunny Ridge and one is an employee. The confirmed active cases have been placed into isolation and are being closely monitored.