Carthage College to allow Kenosha first responders, essential city workers, to quarantine in campus dorms
KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Carthage College is now opening their doors to Kenosha first responders and essential city workers who have been exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19.
These employees will be allowed to self-quarantine in a residence hall that is not being used by students.
"I'm glad we could pull it off," John Swallow, Carthage College President, said. "We really want to be a vital part to the community and Carthage and the city go back years."
Kenosha Common Council approved the deal on Monday. Common Council President David Bogdala said the arrangement will come at no cost to the city and will keep employees from spreading the virus.
"I think it gives the employees piece of mind, especially first responders who are transporting people all day long," Bogdala said. "If they come in contact with somebody they don’t have to worry about going home and possibly infecting their families; they have a place to go."
The city employees will be staying at Oaks Residential Village. There are 16 beds per floor. One floor will be for those who have been exposed, another for those who have tested positive.
So far, there are no employees in need of this space, but Carthage is prepared. They’ve also extended the offer to Kenosha County, Racine County, and the City of Racine.
"I think this is something we’re very excited to have and hopefully we never have to use it," Bogdala said.
There are several rules the employees staying on campus will have to abide by.
The agreement goes into effect May 11.