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COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance Hotline Now Available
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COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance Hotline Now Available

For vaccine help, Wisconsin residents can now call 844-684-1064

Select Kroger Stores Take Part in Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
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Select Kroger Stores Take Part in Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

Kroger joins Walgreens to accelerate vaccination efforts

Wisconsin Anticipates First Shipment of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
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Wisconsin Anticipates First Shipment of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Third FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective

Groups Now Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine
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Groups Now Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine

 

DHS Announces Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine on March 1
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DHS Announces Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine on March 1

People 65+, teachers, and child care workers will be prioritized

Some Students Currently Enrolled in Institutions of Higher Learning Now Temporarily Eligible to Participate in Wisconsin FoodShare
Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Launching March 1
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Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccine Registry Launching March 1

Pilot Locations Will Begin Testing Software February 22

Wisconsin Receives 988 State Planning Grant
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Wisconsin Receives 988 State Planning Grant

Funding to be used to prepare Wisconsin for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 988 calling code, effective July 2022

DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Second Case of Variant Strain B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Expands Medicaid Coverage of Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Members
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Wisconsin Expands Medicaid Coverage of Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Members

New benefit becomes effective on February 1, 2021

Peer-Run Respite for Veterans Now Open
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Peer-Run Respite for Veterans Now Open

The R&R House supports veterans with mental health and substance use challenges

DHS Announces Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Tentatively Beginning March 1
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DHS Announces Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Tentatively Beginning March 1

Focuses on vulnerability and exposure risk of COVID-19

DHS Releases Enhancements to COVID-19 Data Disease Activity Dashboard
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DHS Releases Enhancements to COVID-19 Data Disease Activity Dashboard

Offers new and improved case activity features

Wisconsin Announces 65 and older Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Beginning January 25
Gov. Evers Announces DHS Assisted Living Facilities Will Begin Federal Pharmacy Partnership Program to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines
DHS Unveils Enhancements to COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page
Gov. Evers and DHS Announce $86 Million in Funding for Local and Tribal Health Departments
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Gov. Evers and DHS Announce $86 Million in Funding for Local and Tribal Health Departments

Gov. Evers and DHS Announce $86 Million in Funding for Local and Tribal Health Departments

DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Variant Strain B.1.1.7 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin
Department of Health Services Announces Police and Fire are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine
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Department of Health Services Announces Police and Fire are Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccines will be available to them starting January 18, 2021

DHS Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page
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DHS Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Data Page

 

Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccination Report
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Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccination Report

Monday, December 28, 2020

Wisconsin to Expand Testing for Assisted Living Facilities
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Wisconsin to Expand Testing for Assisted Living Facilities

DHS will support assisted living facilities in routine testing of staff and residents

COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Launches in Wisconsin
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COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Launches in Wisconsin

State encourages residents to download or enable the app to help protect their communities

Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccination Report
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Wisconsin COVID-19 Vaccination Report

Monday, December 21, 2020

DHS Launches COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard
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DHS Launches COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Dashboard

Monitoring wastewater can help officials gauge COVID-19 activity in communities as early as a week before clinical testing

Evers Administration Continues Efforts to Increase Health Care Workforce
Wisconsin Offers Equipment to Retail Establishments to Increase People’s Ability to Safely Use FoodShare Benefits
DHS Announces New COVID-19 Guidance on Quarantine Duration
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DHS Announces New COVID-19 Guidance on Quarantine Duration

DHS supports revised CDC guidelines to shorten quarantine for close contacts

DHS Launches New Map Visualizations Providing Additional Geographic Breakdowns for COVID-19 Case and Death Data
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DHS Launches New Map Visualizations Providing Additional Geographic Breakdowns for COVID-19 Case and Death Data

New geographies include municipalities, zip codes, and school district boundaries

Family Caregivers Can Access Many Helpful Resources This Holiday Season
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Family Caregivers Can Access Many Helpful Resources This Holiday Season

November is National Family Caregiver Month

Governor Evers and DHS Direct an Additional $80 Million to Support Skilled Nursing Facilities
Gov. Evers and DHS Ask Wisconsinites to Celebrate Holidays Safely
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Gov. Evers and DHS Ask Wisconsinites to Celebrate Holidays Safely

Avoiding in-person gatherings with those outside your household will slow the spread of COVID-19

DHS Adds “Critically High” Category to Disease Activity Dashboard Showing Impact of COVID-19
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DHS Adds “Critically High” Category to Disease Activity Dashboard Showing Impact of COVID-19

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, DHS launches new features on its COVID-19 data pages

New Federal Grant Supports Extension and Expansion of Project Recovery
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New Federal Grant Supports Extension and Expansion of Project Recovery

Program offers behavioral health supports

DHS Launches Provider Enrollment for COVID-19 Vaccine Program
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DHS Launches Provider Enrollment for COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Health care providers encouraged to enroll as early as possible

State Agencies Announce Additional Groundwater Quality Standard Recommendations
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State Agencies Announce Additional Groundwater Quality Standard Recommendations

DHS has now completed review of 40 substances

DHS Continues Investment in Quality Health Care for Rural Areas
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Efforts Expand in Wisconsin
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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Efforts Expand in Wisconsin

DHS Lead Policy Advisor Keeps the Spotlight on Eliminating Lead Dangers

New Data Dashboard Displays Health Impact of COVID-19 by Race and Ethnicity
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New Data Dashboard Displays Health Impact of COVID-19 by Race and Ethnicity

Data shows communities of color are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

Wisconsin Adopts Policy that Suspends Rather than Terminates Medicaid Coverage for Incarcerated Individuals
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Wisconsin Adopts Policy that Suspends Rather than Terminates Medicaid Coverage for Incarcerated Individuals

New policy will enable Medicaid-eligible individuals leaving jail or prison to have health care coverage immediately upon release

More Than 205,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional October FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
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More Than 205,000 Wisconsin Households to Receive Additional October FoodShare Benefits in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Maximum amounts of benefits increased by federal government on October 1

Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Opens in Milwaukee
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Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Opens in Milwaukee

New residential mental health treatment option

With Surge in Cases, DHS Launches New COVID-19 Data and Mitigation Strategies to Aid Local Communities
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With Surge in Cases, DHS Launches New COVID-19 Data and Mitigation Strategies to Aid Local Communities

DHS launches new data about disease activity, hospital capacity, cases among children, and percent positive by test, as well as mitigation strategies guidance

Wisconsin Awarded $16.7 Million Federal Grant to Counter Addictions to Opioids and Stimulants
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Wisconsin Awarded $16.7 Million Federal Grant to Counter Addictions to Opioids and Stimulants

Funding for prevention, treatment, and recovery support services

New Call Center Expands Support for People in Emotional Distress
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New Call Center Expands Support for People in Emotional Distress

More Wisconsin calls to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline being answered in state

DHS Expands COVID Connect Test Registration Website to Include Spanish, Hmong, and Somali Languages
Getting a Flu Vaccine Now is Critical During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic
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Getting a Flu Vaccine Now is Critical During Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

DHS Encourages State Residents to Get Flu Vaccinations by Halloween

Wisconsin Launches “You Stop the Spread” Multimedia Campaign
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Wisconsin Launches “You Stop the Spread” Multimedia Campaign

Encourages People to Protect Themselves and Their Communities from COVID-19

El departamento de salud del estado (DHS) anuncia una oportunidad de financiamiento para el alcance comunitario de información sobre los virus de la gripe y las vacunas contra la gripe
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El departamento de salud del estado (DHS) anuncia una oportunidad de financiamiento para el alcance comunitario de información sobre los virus de la gripe y las vacunas contra la gripe

El DHS también insta a los residentes de Wisconsin a vacunarse contra la gripe este otoño para protegerse, proteger a sus seres queridos y a la comunidad contra los virus de la gripe

State Health Department Announces Funding Opportunity for Community Outreach about Flu Viruses and Flu Vaccines
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State Health Department Announces Funding Opportunity for Community Outreach about Flu Viruses and Flu Vaccines

DHS also urges Wisconsinites to get the flu shot this fall to protect themselves, loved ones and community against flu viruses

First Human Death from Eastern Equine Encephalitis Reported in Chippewa County
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First Human Death from Eastern Equine Encephalitis Reported in Chippewa County

State and local public health officials encourage everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites

Governor Evers and State Public Health Officials Encourages Residents to Wear a Mask and Limit Exposure Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
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Governor Evers and State Public Health Officials Encourages Residents to Wear a Mask and Limit Exposure Ahead of Labor Day Weekend

Over 20% of confirmed cases associated with group gatherings

New Data Dashboard Shows COVID-19 Trends by Age Group
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New Data Dashboard Shows COVID-19 Trends by Age Group

Numbers reveal younger people have more confirmed cases and higher rates of illness in Wisconsin

DHS Opens Second Round of Applications for Funds to Support Health Care Providers Affected by COVID-19
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DHS Opens Second Round of Applications for Funds to Support Health Care Providers Affected by COVID-19

Wisconsin Makes CARES Act funds available to home and community-based service providers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, emergency medical services, and clinics

New Report Provides Guidance to Address Increased Suicide Deaths in Wisconsin
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New Report Provides Guidance to Address Increased Suicide Deaths in Wisconsin

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Knowing the Signs Can Help Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths
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Knowing the Signs Can Help Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day

Horses Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Wisconsin
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Horses Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Wisconsin

State Health Department urges everyone to protect themselves against mosquito bites

Federal Grant to Address Behavioral Health During COVID-19 Pandemic
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Federal Grant to Address Behavioral Health During COVID-19 Pandemic

Funding to support services offered by county and community agencies

State Poison Center and Health Agency Issue Warning about Certain Hand Sanitizers
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State Poison Center and Health Agency Issue Warning about Certain Hand Sanitizers

Some could contain alcohol that causes blindness or death

State Health Agency Finds Behavioral Health Challenges are Compounded by COVID-19
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State Health Agency Finds Behavioral Health Challenges are Compounded by COVID-19

Services are available for people struggling with addiction and mental health challenges

Wisconsin Accepting Applications to Pilot New Approach to Treating Substance Use Disorders
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Wisconsin Accepting Applications to Pilot New Approach to Treating Substance Use Disorders

Successful Organizations will be the Hubs in New Hub and Spoke Model

Cigarette Smoking Rates are Lower Since Passage of Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Indoor Air Law
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Cigarette Smoking Rates are Lower Since Passage of Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Indoor Air Law

July 5 marks the law’s 10th anniversary

Grants Awarded for Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities
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Grants Awarded for Youth Crisis Stabilization Facilities

New residential mental health treatment option

DHS Announces COVID-19 Population Health Studies
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DHS Announces COVID-19 Population Health Studies

Two studies will help public health experts understand the virus and inform public

DHS Announces $10 Million in Funding for Health Clinics
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DHS Announces $10 Million in Funding for Health Clinics

Funds will reimburse clinics providing care to underserved populations

Resilient Wisconsin Expands Reach
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Resilient Wisconsin Expands Reach

Initiative adds supports to website for Wisconsinites most significantly affected by COVID-19

DHS Works with USDA and Retailers to Make Grocery Shopping Flexible and Safe for FoodShare Households
DHS Announces Hospital Metrics for Badger Bounce Back
Governor Evers Suspends Rules to Ensure Patient Care, Coverage Continues During COVID-19 Pandemic
DHS Releases Data About COVID-19 Public Health Investigations and Outbreaks Across Wisconsin
Wisconsin to Provide Temporary Food Benefits for Children Missing School Meals
COVID-19: Safer at Home is Working
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COVID-19: Safer at Home is Working

Keep up the good work, Wisconsin!

Department of Health Services Increases Contact Tracing Capabilities
Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Dane County
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Two Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Dane County

Patients were in contact with person with illness confirmed earlier this week

Three Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Wisconsin
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Three Additional Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Wisconsin

New guidance for people who have been on a cruise in Egypt

Third Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Wisconsin
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Third Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Wisconsin

Person was exposed while traveling

Second Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Wisconsin
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Second Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Wisconsin

Person was exposed while traveling

State Health Agency Offers Tips for Travelers in Response to COVID-19
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State Health Agency Offers Tips for Travelers in Response to COVID-19

Advice is for people who are planning and returning from trips

2019 Novel Coronavirus Case is Confirmed in Wisconsin
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2019 Novel Coronavirus Case is Confirmed in Wisconsin

Risk to Wisconsin Public Remains Low

With Hospitalizations on the Rise, DHS Wants to Avoid a More Deadly Flu Season
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With Hospitalizations on the Rise, DHS Wants to Avoid a More Deadly Flu Season

Residents encouraged to get flu shots and take other precautions to avoid serious illness

Wisconsin Health Officials Find E. coli O157 in Bagged Romaine Salad from Salinas Valley, California
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Wisconsin Health Officials Find E. coli O157 in Bagged Romaine Salad from Salinas Valley, California

Consumers should avoid eating any products with romaine lettuce from that region

Health Agency Reminds State Residents That Cold Can be Deadly
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Health Agency Reminds State Residents That Cold Can be Deadly

Wisconsin had 75 cold-related deaths last winter

DHS Investigates Outbreak of Adenovirus Infections on College Campuses
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DHS Investigates Outbreak of Adenovirus Infections on College Campuses

Students and staff urged to take care to avoid respiratory illness

DHS Urges Residents to Set a Healthy Table this Thanksgiving
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DHS Urges Residents to Set a Healthy Table this Thanksgiving

Advice comes as DHS investigates E. coli and hepatitis A infections

Protect Family and Friends This Holiday Season: Get a Flu Shot
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Protect Family and Friends This Holiday Season: Get a Flu Shot

Get the vaccine now, be protected by Thanksgiving

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline Marks One Year of Service
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Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline Marks One Year of Service

Hotline connects callers to substance use treatment and recovery options

Governor Evers’ Administration Works to Get More Wisconsinites Covered
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Governor Evers’ Administration Works to Get More Wisconsinites Covered

“Every Wisconsinite deserves access to affordable, quality health care and it’s time to work together to get folks covered,” said Governor Evers.

Wisconsin Celebrates Advances in Using Health Information Technology
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Wisconsin Celebrates Advances in Using Health Information Technology

Wisconsin ranked #2 nationwide in meaningful use of health technology

Governor Evers’ Task Force on Caregiving Holds First Meeting in Milwaukee
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Governor Evers’ Task Force on Caregiving Holds First Meeting in Milwaukee

The 29-member group has goals to increase caregiver workforce, improve conditions for direct care workers, and provide support for family caregivers

Department of Health Services Teams with the Milwaukee Brewers to Promote Immunizations
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Department of Health Services Teams with the Milwaukee Brewers to Promote Immunizations

Catchers Yasmani Grandal and Manny Pina star in Spanish language public service announcements

DHS Lead Abatement Program Receives Federal Approval
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DHS Lead Abatement Program Receives Federal Approval

Efforts will improve housing conditions for low-income children and pregnant women

First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Wisconsin This Year
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First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Wisconsin This Year

Continue to protect yourself against mosquito bites

New Data Analysis Shows Impact of Suicide in Wisconsin
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New Data Analysis Shows Impact of Suicide in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's updated suicide prevention plan will be released later this year

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Receives $1.8 million Grant to Expand Maternal Mortality Review Team Efforts
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Receives $1.8 million Grant to Expand Maternal Mortality Review Team Efforts

Goals include preventing pregnancy complications and death, and reducing disparities in health care

Majority of Wisconsin Lung Disease Patients Who Reported Vaping Cite THC Products
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Majority of Wisconsin Lung Disease Patients Who Reported Vaping Cite THC Products

The investigation of lung disease among people who reported vaping is ongoing

State Health Agency’s New Data Tool Shows a Decline in the Number of Opioid Deaths in Wisconsin
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State Health Agency’s New Data Tool Shows a Decline in the Number of Opioid Deaths in Wisconsin

The 838 deaths reported in 2018 is a 10 percent reduction from the year before

Older Age Groups Now Included in Investigation of Lung Disease Among People Who Reported Vaping
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Older Age Groups Now Included in Investigation of Lung Disease Among People Who Reported Vaping

These patients experienced shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain, cough, and weight loss.

New Cases Identified in Investigation of Lung Disease Among Teens and Young Adults Who Reported Vaping
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New Cases Identified in Investigation of Lung Disease Among Teens and Young Adults Who Reported Vaping

DHS urges Wisconsinites to avoid vaping and e-cigarettes

Department of Health Services, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Work to Make Groundwater Cleaner
State Health Department Launches Campaign to Get More Wisconsin Children Immunized
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State Health Department Launches Campaign to Get More Wisconsin Children Immunized

“Immunizations are safe and effective and not only protect the child, but the people around that child, too.”

Health Officials Encourage Vaccination Against Hepatitis A
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Health Officials Encourage Vaccination Against Hepatitis A

Each year Wisconsin typically has 10-30 cases of hepatitis A reported.

Include Children’s Immunizations on Your Spring Break Schedule
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Include Children’s Immunizations on Your Spring Break Schedule

Vaccine preventable diseases can put the brakes on your spring break plans

Governor Evers Makes Historic Investments in Health Care Coverage and Access
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Governor Evers Makes Historic Investments in Health Care Coverage and Access

“Governor Evers’ budget makes historic investments in the health and well-being of every Wisconsinite,” said Secretary Designee Palm.

DHS Asks FoodShare Members to Be Aware of March Benefit Letters
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DHS Asks FoodShare Members to Be Aware of March Benefit Letters

Automatically generated letters will say no benefits are available in March because of federal government shutdown

Wisconsin Food and Nutrition Programs Will Continue Despite Federal Government Shutdown
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Wisconsin Food and Nutrition Programs Will Continue Despite Federal Government Shutdown

FoodShare members will receive their February benefits this month

Underage Tobacco Sales Down 18% in Wisconsin
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Underage Tobacco Sales Down 18% in Wisconsin

Little cigars and smokeless tobacco are the most sold items

Adult Smoking Hits a New Low in Wisconsin
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Adult Smoking Hits a New Low in Wisconsin

Work is still needed to reduce tobacco use among some groups

#HopeActLiveWI: Wisconsin Awarded Nearly $3 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic
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#HopeActLiveWI: Wisconsin Awarded Nearly $3 Million to Combat Opioid Epidemic

DHS to distribute $1 million to local partners for local community projects

First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Wisconsin This Year
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First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Wisconsin This Year

Health officials urge everyone to protect against mosquito bites

First Death in Wisconsin Linked to Fake Weed
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First Death in Wisconsin Linked to Fake Weed

DHS continues to urge people to stop using synthetic cannabinoids

Del Monte Vegetable Trays Pose Potential Health Risk
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Del Monte Vegetable Trays Pose Potential Health Risk

The investigation is ongoing.

#FightheBite! DHS Encourages Residents to Take Action to Prevent Tick and Mosquito Bites
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#FightheBite! DHS Encourages Residents to Take Action to Prevent Tick and Mosquito Bites

Both ticks and mosquitoes can transmit various illnesses.