'Virtually support one another:' City of Racine launches #StaySafeRacine campaign

RACINE -- The City of Racine has launched #StaySafeRacine, a new social media campaign encouraging residents, business operators, and workers— to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the impact on the most vulnerable in our communities.

“While we can’t be together physically, we wanted to find a way to virtually support one another and encourage our friends and neighbors to stay safe as work together to flatten the curve,” said Mayor Cory Mason. “Every morning I meet with our public health officials to get updates on how COVID-19 is spreading through the community. We have not peaked, and the number of confirmed cases continues to grow. It’s hard, but we have to double down on our efforts around staying home and social distancing. This campaign is designed to show our residents that we are all in this together.

The Racine City Public Health Department recently reported the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the City has spiked into triple digits for the first time -- 175 as of Tuesday morning. The infection rate continues to climb. Hispanic and African American residents alone now account for 63 percent of the infected. And the curve of the virus has not been flattened in the City or the state. The data suggests clearly that residents around the state need to continue their efforts to stay home and social distancing.

The #StaySafeRacine campaign includes a variety tools for residents to share how they are staying safe and encourage other to do the same.

The #StaySafeRacine toolkit is available to all at www.StaySafeRacine.org, and is equipped with, among other things:

    As part of #StaySafeRacine, the City of Racine asks everyone to show their support for stopping the spread of COVID-19 by visiting www.StaySafeRacine.org or the city’s Facebook page and taking a pledge to use the #StaySafeRacine hashtag, messages, and graphics on their social media pages, and encouraging their circles to do the sam

    “There is light at the end of this tunnel, and we’ll reach it faster if we do our part and spread the word so that we slow the spread of COVID-19. Our first responders and other essential workers, including our neighbors performing medical, food, and other important service work, are counting on us. They risk their lives everyday by going to work so that we have our basic needs met. We owe it to them to do our part to help flatten the curve,” said Mayor Cory Mason.