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DHS Seeks Input on the IRIS Program for Waiver Renewal
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DHS Seeks Input on the IRIS Program for Waiver Renewal

Wisconsinites can share ideas to improve the program for older adults and people with disabilities

Wisconsinites Urged Not to Eat Diamond Shruumz-brand Products
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Wisconsinites Urged Not to Eat Diamond Shruumz-brand Products

Chocolate bars, cones, and gummies containing psychoactive compounds may cause serious illness

DHS Statement on Potential Data Disclosure by Partner Organization
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DHS Statement on Potential Data Disclosure by Partner Organization

Potential Disclosure May Have Affected Certain Medicaid Members

DHS Issues Summer Fair Season Health Reminders
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DHS Issues Summer Fair Season Health Reminders

Simple precautions around animals can reduce the spread of illness

DHS Expands Stroke Prevention Campaign
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DHS Expands Stroke Prevention Campaign

Highlights risk factors and signs of stroke

“Saying, Not Saying” Campaign Aims to Reduce Mental Health Stigma
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“Saying, Not Saying” Campaign Aims to Reduce Mental Health Stigma

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

DHS to Implement Immunization Updates for Children in Child Care Centers and Schools to Follow State Law
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DHS to Implement Immunization Updates for Children in Child Care Centers and Schools to Follow State Law

Updates follow federal recommendations to protect children and communities against vaccine-preventable diseases

DHS Confirms Case of Measles in Dane County
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DHS Confirms Case of Measles in Dane County

Health officials investigating to identify possible exposures

Salmonella Infections Linked to Fresh Basil Sold in Wisconsin
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Salmonella Infections Linked to Fresh Basil Sold in Wisconsin

One person in Wisconsin has become sick

Law Enforcement Agencies Awarded Grants from State Opioid Settlement Funds
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Law Enforcement Agencies Awarded Grants from State Opioid Settlement Funds

Funded projects focus on prevention, intervention, and treatment activities

Community Health Workers Help Wisconsinites Thrive
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Community Health Workers Help Wisconsinites Thrive

New campaign highlights their valuable contributions to communities, families, and individuals

Wisconsin State Health Officer Paula Tran Statement on CDC Respiratory Virus Guidance
DHS Awards Grants from JUUL Settlement Funds to Prevent and Treat Vaping by Youth and Young Adults
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DHS Awards Grants from JUUL Settlement Funds to Prevent and Treat Vaping by Youth and Young Adults

Feedback from statewide listening sessions and surveys recommended how funds should be used

Feeling Sick? Report it Quick!
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Feeling Sick? Report it Quick!

DHS launches new tool letting people report suspected illnesses from food or water

DHS Recommends Blood Lead Tests for All Children
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DHS Recommends Blood Lead Tests for All Children

Tests now encouraged for children ages 1 and 2, and those aged 3-5 who have not been previously tested

Health Agency Urges Parents, Caregivers to be Aware of Signs of Self-Harm After School Breaks
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Health Agency Urges Parents, Caregivers to be Aware of Signs of Self-Harm After School Breaks

Data show increases in self-harm coincide with returning to school in September and January

DHS Encourages Pregnant Wisconsinites To Get RSV Vaccine
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DHS Encourages Pregnant Wisconsinites To Get RSV Vaccine

Vaccine can protect babies from serious illness

Watertown Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Now Open
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Watertown Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Now Open

Center provides care for young people who need a safe place to be during times of distress

Wisconsin Implements 12-Month Continuous Health Insurance Coverage for Children
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Wisconsin Implements 12-Month Continuous Health Insurance Coverage for Children

Mandated by federal legislation, the change stabilizes health insurance for kids in BadgerCare Plus and other Medicaid programs

DHS Encourages Homeowners, Property Owners, and Child Care Centers to Test for Radon
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DHS Encourages Homeowners, Property Owners, and Child Care Centers to Test for Radon

Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers

DHS Confirms Pediatric Respiratory Illness-Associated Death in Wisconsin
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DHS Confirms Pediatric Respiratory Illness-Associated Death in Wisconsin

DHS encourages everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated and take action to reduce the spread of illness

DHS Continues to Make COVID-19 Treatment Easily Available as Cases Climb
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DHS Continues to Make COVID-19 Treatment Easily Available as Cases Climb

Free COVID-19 treatment telehealth services extended through April to quickly connect Wisconsinites to care

DHS Releases New Interactive Medicaid Renewal Data Dashboard
Department of Health Services Urges Wisconsinites to Throw Away Applesauce Brands That are Part of Nationwide Recall Due to High Levels of Lead
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Department of Health Services Urges Wisconsinites to Throw Away Applesauce Brands That are Part of Nationwide Recall Due to High Levels of Lead

Parents and caregivers should have children tested for elevated blood levels if they ate applesauce products included in the recall

DHS and DOJ Announce Dose of Reality Roundtable Discussions on Wisconsin’s Opioid Epidemic
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DHS and DOJ Announce Dose of Reality Roundtable Discussions on Wisconsin’s Opioid Epidemic

Statewide tour will include local community leaders and partners to talk about what we can do to save lives

DHS Recognizes World AIDS Day
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DHS Recognizes World AIDS Day

Remembering those lost to HIV and committing to ending the HIV epidemic

Cantaloupes Linked to Salmonella Infections Sold in Wisconsin
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Cantaloupes Linked to Salmonella Infections Sold in Wisconsin

At least four people in four counties have become ill; two of them hospitalized

Wisconsin Underage Tobacco, Vape Sales Rise in 2023
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Wisconsin Underage Tobacco, Vape Sales Rise in 2023

Increase in underage sales linked to confusion between federal and state law, public health officials continue to build awareness and compliance

DHS Announces New Accountability Measures for Medicaid Providers to Ensure Families Receive Critical, Effective Post-Birth Care Services
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DHS Announces New Accountability Measures for Medicaid Providers to Ensure Families Receive Critical, Effective Post-Birth Care Services

Changes to child care coordination benefit will increase provider accountability and prevent fraud to help promote positive health outcomes for mothers and children

DHS Launches Wisconsin Wayfinder: Children’s Resource Network
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DHS Launches Wisconsin Wayfinder: Children’s Resource Network

Connecting Wisconsin families with special health care needs to essential support and resources

Statement from DHS Secretary-designee Kirsten Johnson on Senate Bill 462
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Statement from DHS Secretary-designee Kirsten Johnson on Senate Bill 462

A significant and meaningful step in creating needed infrastructure to address treatment options for people with a mental health crisis

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline Marks Five Years of Service
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Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline Marks Five Years of Service

More than 31,000 calls, texts, and chats for support answered since 2018

DHS Marks 25 Years of Aging and Disability Resource Centers Serving Wisconsin Communities
DHS Encourages Wisconsinites to Help End Childhood Lead Poisoning
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DHS Encourages Wisconsinites to Help End Childhood Lead Poisoning

DHS Encourages Wisconsinites to Help End Childhood Lead Poisoning

Syphilis Cases Continue to Rise in Wisconsin-Affecting Babies, Teens, and Adults
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Syphilis Cases Continue to Rise in Wisconsin-Affecting Babies, Teens, and Adults

DHS is calling on medical providers to increase syphilis screening and testing during pregnancy

DHS Awards Funding to Law Enforcement Agencies Working to Address the Opioid Epidemic
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DHS Awards Funding to Law Enforcement Agencies Working to Address the Opioid Epidemic

Application period still open for additional grant dollars

DHS Calls on Wisconsinites to Make a Plan to Protect Against Respiratory Illnesses This Fall
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DHS Calls on Wisconsinites to Make a Plan to Protect Against Respiratory Illnesses This Fall

Updated COVID-19 vaccine approved and available soon, flu and RSV vaccines available statewide

Grants Awarded to Support Statewide Network of Substance Use Prevention Coalitions
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Grants Awarded to Support Statewide Network of Substance Use Prevention Coalitions

Three organizations to act as regional prevention coordinators for the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth

First Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin
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First Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Wisconsin

DHS urges Wisconsinites to continue to prevent mosquito bites

DHS Announces Free Online Program to Train 10,000 Caregivers
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DHS Announces Free Online Program to Train 10,000 Caregivers

New curriculum and employment website support home and community-based care

Need someone to talk to? Call UpliftWI
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Need someone to talk to? Call UpliftWI

New phone service offers peer support statewide

988 Wisconsin Lifeline Marks First Anniversary
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988 Wisconsin Lifeline Marks First Anniversary

Wisconsinites can call, text, and chat for free, 24/7 mental health and substance use support

Second Round of Grants for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Exceeds $12 Million; Total Funding Reaches $30 Million
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Second Round of Grants for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Exceeds $12 Million; Total Funding Reaches $30 Million

90 organizations will receive funding, many with a focus on crucial transportation enhancements

Additional Grants Awarded to Help Reduce Disparities in Behavioral Health Care System
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Additional Grants Awarded to Help Reduce Disparities in Behavioral Health Care System

Equity and inclusion trainings to be offered to service providers

DHS Announces Expansion of Harm Reduction Efforts
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DHS Announces Expansion of Harm Reduction Efforts

New funding for public health vending machines aimed at preventing or reversing overdose

DHS Launches Independent Living Supports Pilot Program
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DHS Launches Independent Living Supports Pilot Program

New effort explores ways to support Wisconsinites living at home longer, for better health outcomes

DHS Reminds Medicaid Members to Submit Renewals on Time
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DHS Reminds Medicaid Members to Submit Renewals on Time

Members with June renewals should submit by June 16 to avoid gaps in coverage

DHS Awards Funding to 14 Nonprofit Dental Clinics
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DHS Awards Funding to 14 Nonprofit Dental Clinics

$5.1 million to increase access to dental care for Wisconsinites in need

DHS Releases New Reports on Infant Deaths in Wisconsin
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DHS Releases New Reports on Infant Deaths in Wisconsin

DHS Releases New Reports on Infant Deaths in Wisconsin

DHS Honors State Health Care Providers With the “Wisconsin BigShot” Awards
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DHS Honors State Health Care Providers With the “Wisconsin BigShot” Awards

Annual recognition celebrates providers leading the way in protecting children’s health

DHS Details End of Emergency COVID-19 Response
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DHS Details End of Emergency COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 prevention and precaution remain a priority as response programs transition

DHS Awards $8 million for Opioid and Stimulant Treatment Service
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DHS Awards $8 million for Opioid and Stimulant Treatment Service

Tribal nation and county agencies to use funding from the State Opioid Response Grant Program to support local needs

DHS Awards $10 Million to Construction Projects for Opioid Treatment and Recovery Support Services
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DHS Awards $10 Million to Construction Projects for Opioid Treatment and Recovery Support Services

New and renovated buildings to provide much needed space for women with opioid use disorder

DHS Submits Plan to Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance on How to Use $8 Million in Opioid Settlement Funds
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DHS Submits Plan to Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance on How to Use $8 Million in Opioid Settlement Funds

Money is part of the $400 million award the state receives annually from settlements with pharmaceutical companies

DHS Investigating FoodShare Benefits Scam
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DHS Investigating FoodShare Benefits Scam

 

Wisconsin’s Medicaid Program Starts to Resume Routine Operations
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Wisconsin’s Medicaid Program Starts to Resume Routine Operations

BadgerCare Plus and Medicaid members should update contact information if it has changed to ensure they get benefit renewal instructions

Gov. Evers, DHS Awards $1 million in Grants to Help Reduce Disparities in Behavioral Health Care System
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Gov. Evers, DHS Awards $1 million in Grants to Help Reduce Disparities in Behavioral Health Care System

Equity and inclusion trainings to be offered to service providers

DHS Expands Free COVID-19 Testing Program
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DHS Expands Free COVID-19 Testing Program

Wisconsinites can order two free COVID-19 self-test kits every month

New Multimedia Campaign Focuses on 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
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New Multimedia Campaign Focuses on 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Statewide advertising planned through 2023 to increase awareness of the service.

DHS Monitoring Increase in Toxic Shock Syndrome Cases
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DHS Monitoring Increase in Toxic Shock Syndrome Cases

State sees largest number of reported cases in over 10 years

Governor’s Health Equity Council Releases Full Report
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Governor’s Health Equity Council Releases Full Report

Report details recommendations aimed to achieve long-lasting and equitable health outcomes for all Wisconsinites

DHS Seeks Ideas for $8 Million in Opioid Settlement Funds
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DHS Seeks Ideas for $8 Million in Opioid Settlement Funds

Survey results will help prioritize how to best address opioid use disorder

DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Test Their Homes for Radon
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DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Test Their Homes for Radon

Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers

DHS Confirms Pediatric Influenza-Associated Death in Wisconsin
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DHS Confirms Pediatric Influenza-Associated Death in Wisconsin

Encourages everyone six months and older to get the influenza (flu) vaccine

Nearly All Wisconsinites Age 6 Months and Older Now Eligible for Updated COVID-19 Vaccine
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Nearly All Wisconsinites Age 6 Months and Older Now Eligible for Updated COVID-19 Vaccine

DHS urges Wisconsinites to get an updated COVID-19 vaccination and a flu shot to protect themselves and others ahead of the holidays

DHS Reminds Wisconsinites: It is Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine
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DHS Reminds Wisconsinites: It is Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine

With flu cases increasing nationwide, Wisconsinites are encouraged to get a flu vaccine to avoid serious illness

DHS, OCI Urge Wisconsinites to Sign up for Health Care Coverage by December 15
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DHS, OCI Urge Wisconsinites to Sign up for Health Care Coverage by December 15

Marketplace enrollment ensures coverage starts January 1

As the Cold Weather Brings an Uptick in COVID-19 Cases, DHS Reminds Wisconsinites How to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season
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As the Cold Weather Brings an Uptick in COVID-19 Cases, DHS Reminds Wisconsinites How to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

Free COVID-19 self-tests and COVID-19 treatment telehealth services are available

DHS Awarded $45 Million to Support Public Health Workforce Development
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DHS Awarded $45 Million to Support Public Health Workforce Development

Grant from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advance public health workforce development at state and local levels over next five years

DHS Announces Opportunity to Order More Free COVID-19 Self-Tests
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DHS Announces Opportunity to Order More Free COVID-19 Self-Tests

All Wisconsin households can order a free package of COVID-19 self-tests each month

DHS Announces Medicaid Nursing Home Rate Increase to Support Health Care Workforce
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DHS Announces Medicaid Nursing Home Rate Increase to Support Health Care Workforce

DHS to cover an average of 90% of nursing homes' costs of providing care for Medicaid members

$12 Million in Grant Funding Awarded to Wisconsin Home and Community-Based Services Professionals
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$12 Million in Grant Funding Awarded to Wisconsin Home and Community-Based Services Professionals

First wave of awards will bring innovation and enhancement to the state’s direct care workforce

DHS Launches Free Telehealth Service for COVID-19 Treatment
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DHS Launches Free Telehealth Service for COVID-19 Treatment

Increases access to life saving antiviral treatments

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Grants to Expand Child Telepsychiatry Services, Access to Behavioral Health Care
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Gov. Evers, DHS Announce Grants to Expand Child Telepsychiatry Services, Access to Behavioral Health Care

More than $100 million invested in behavioral health in past year

DHS Secretary-designee Timberlake and Insurance Commissioner Houdek Celebrate the 10th Annual Open Enrollment Period on HealthCare.gov
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DHS Secretary-designee Timberlake and Insurance Commissioner Houdek Celebrate the 10th Annual Open Enrollment Period on HealthCare.gov

Wisconsinites in every corner of the state can sign up for affordable, high quality health insurance from November 1, 2022 through January 15, 2023

Wisconsin Receives Federal Approval to Implement Housing Benefits
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Wisconsin Receives Federal Approval to Implement Housing Benefits

Stable housing is critical to improving health outcomes for children and families

DHS Invests $8.3 Million in Wisconsin Schools for School Health Service Workforce
DHS Encourages All Wisconsinites to Take Steps to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure
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DHS Encourages All Wisconsinites to Take Steps to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure

October 23-29 marks National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

National Commission on Correctional Health Care Names Wisconsin Resource Center 2022 Facility of the Year
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National Commission on Correctional Health Care Names Wisconsin Resource Center 2022 Facility of the Year

Award recognizes quality and innovation in resident care

State Health Department Introduces New Flu Vaccine Data Dashboard and Report on Vaccine Coverage in Wisconsin
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State Health Department Introduces New Flu Vaccine Data Dashboard and Report on Vaccine Coverage in Wisconsin

The data will help promote vaccines among populations and communities that need them most

State Agencies Launch Real Talks Campaign to Prevent and Reduce Substance Use
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State Agencies Launch Real Talks Campaign to Prevent and Reduce Substance Use

Strategies encourage open, honest, and caring conversations about drugs

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce $16 Million Investment in Maternal and Child Health
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Gov. Evers, DHS Announce $16 Million Investment in Maternal and Child Health

Initiative to reduce maternal and infant mortality disparities through impactful partnerships

Potential Data Disclosure May Have Affected Certain Wisconsin Medicaid Members
DHS Expands Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility Criteria for Wisconsinites
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DHS Expands Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility Criteria for Wisconsinites

DHS encourages all eligible Wisconsinites to get vaccinated

DHS Accepting Applications for Projects to Improve Cultural Competence of Behavioral Health Workforce
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DHS Accepting Applications for Projects to Improve Cultural Competence of Behavioral Health Workforce

Grants to be awarded for equity and inclusion efforts

DHS Launches Monkeypox Data Page
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DHS Launches Monkeypox Data Page

 

First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Wisconsin
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First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Wisconsin

Continue to prevent mosquito bites until the first hard frost

Stay Healthy this Fall: COVID-19 At-Home Tests and Booster Shots Still Available with No Out-of-Pocket Cost
DHS Encourages You to Protect Yourself Against the Flu by Getting Vaccinated
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DHS Encourages You to Protect Yourself Against the Flu by Getting Vaccinated

Fall is the best time to get vaccinated and flu vaccines are available now

DHS Receives Five-Year Grant for Suicide Prevention
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DHS Receives Five-Year Grant for Suicide Prevention

Wisconsin one of six states to receive federal grant

DHS Encourages Wisconsinites to Make a Plan to Get Boosted Against COVID-19 this Fall
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DHS Encourages Wisconsinites to Make a Plan to Get Boosted Against COVID-19 this Fall

People 12 and older are now eligible for updated COVID-19 boosters that target the original virus and newest Omicron subvariants

DHS Expands Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility Criteria for Wisconsinites
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DHS Expands Monkeypox Vaccine Eligibility Criteria for Wisconsinites

Early monkeypox data show emerging health disparities

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake’s Statement on CDC’s COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Vaccine Recommendations
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake’s Statement on CDC’s COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Vaccine Recommendations

“The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is pleased to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that eligible Wisconsinites will soon have additional protection against COVID-19 with the approval of COVID-19 bivalent boosters."

Wisconsin Communities Act to Prevent Lead Poisoning
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Wisconsin Communities Act to Prevent Lead Poisoning

DHS experts to tour properties that are part of the Lead-Safe Homes Program and child care centers testing for lead in drinking water

DHS Urges COVID-19 Vaccination for a Healthy School Year
DHS Accepting Applications for Home and Community-Based Services Grants
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DHS Accepting Applications for Home and Community-Based Services Grants

American Rescue Plan Act funds to help improve services for people in Wisconsin's long-term care programs

DHS Submits Updated Proposal for Opioid Settlement Funds to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance
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DHS Submits Updated Proposal for Opioid Settlement Funds to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance

Plan includes recommendations on how the state should use $31 million awarded from agreement with pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors

Salmonella Infections Linked to Shelled Peas Sold at Wisconsin Farmers Markets and Farm Stands
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Salmonella Infections Linked to Shelled Peas Sold at Wisconsin Farmers Markets and Farm Stands

Six people have become ill; three have been hospitalized

Gov. Evers, DHS Announce $2.5 Million in Telehealth Grants for Behavioral Health Providers
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Gov. Evers, DHS Announce $2.5 Million in Telehealth Grants for Behavioral Health Providers

Neighborhood access stations to help remove barriers to care

Governor Evers, DHS Announce Launch of WisCaregiver Careers Program Expansion
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Governor Evers, DHS Announce Launch of WisCaregiver Careers Program Expansion

Expanded program will train more certified nursing aides to support Wisconsin’s nursing homes

DHS Provides Updates During National Infant Formula Shortage
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DHS Provides Updates During National Infant Formula Shortage

Parents have more options to feed their babies

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services Identifies the First Case of Monkeypox in a Wisconsin Resident
Wisconsin SeniorCare Program to Cover Vaccines Provided at Pharmacies
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Wisconsin SeniorCare Program to Cover Vaccines Provided at Pharmacies

New benefit will increase senior access to vaccines

DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Everyone Age 6 Months and Older
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DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccines for Everyone Age 6 Months and Older

Safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines authorized for children 6 months through 5 years

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake’s Statement on CDC’s COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine Recommendations and Expansion to Children Under Age 5
DHS Updates COVID-19 Illness After Vaccination Page to Include Data by Booster Dose Status
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DHS Updates COVID-19 Illness After Vaccination Page to Include Data by Booster Dose Status

Data continue to show staying up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines protects against severe illness and death due to COVID-19

DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses to Everyone 5 and Older
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DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Doses to Everyone 5 and Older

Children ages 5-11 now eligible for a booster dose

City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update
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City of Milwaukee Weekly COVID-19 Update

 

DHS Provides Tips for Families During National Infant Formula Shortage
DHS Announces the Moving Forward Together Grant Program to Support Health Equity Efforts in COVID-19 Vaccinations
Wisconsin Joins National Effort to Grow and Retain Health Care Workforce
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Wisconsin Joins National Effort to Grow and Retain Health Care Workforce

Multiple states collaborate to address worker shortages

Life-Saving COVID-19 Treatments Available Throughout Wisconsin
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Life-Saving COVID-19 Treatments Available Throughout Wisconsin

Over 480 pharmacies can fill oral COVID-19 antiviral prescriptions across the state

Governor’s Health Equity Council Releases Final Recommendations
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Governor’s Health Equity Council Releases Final Recommendations

To achieve long-lasting and equitable health outcomes for all Wisconsinites

Wisconsin Receives USDA Approval to Provide Food Benefits in July for Children Under Six Not Enrolled in School
DHS Makes Changes to COVID-19 Data Webpages
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DHS Makes Changes to COVID-19 Data Webpages

Updates make data easier to find, align with CDC Community Levels as a tool to keep you safe and healthy

Proposal to Extend Medicaid Coverage for Postpartum Individuals Open for Public Comment
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Proposal to Extend Medicaid Coverage for Postpartum Individuals Open for Public Comment

Federal government approval would extend coverage from 60 to 90 days

Gov. Evers and DHS Recognize State Workers and Interagency Cooperation for PPE Distribution in Wisconsin
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Gov. Evers and DHS Recognize State Workers and Interagency Cooperation for PPE Distribution in Wisconsin

Launch of coordinated effort delivered more than 80 million pieces of PPE statewide, continues as part of ongoing preparedness and response planning

DHS Supports Second COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for Adults 50 Years and Older and Certain Immunocompromised Individuals
19 Precautions Before, During, and After Spring Break Travels
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19 Precautions Before, During, and After Spring Break Travels

A few simple steps will help keep people safe and protect others

DHS Confirms Three Pediatric Influenza-Associated Deaths
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DHS Confirms Three Pediatric Influenza-Associated Deaths

Public health officials urge prevention, remind Wisconsinites it is not too late to get the flu shot to prevent serious illness

DHS Urges FoodShare Members to Protect Themselves from Fraud
Gov. Evers, DHS Announce 154 Wisconsin National Guard Members Completed CNA Training Course Since January
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Gov. Evers, DHS Announce 154 Wisconsin National Guard Members Completed CNA Training Course Since January

Provide update on administration’s efforts to support hospital and nursing home capacit

Families with Children Who Did Not Receive Free or Reduced Price Meals at School Due to COVID-19 Will Receive Food Benefits
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Families with Children Who Did Not Receive Free or Reduced Price Meals at School Due to COVID-19 Will Receive Food Benefits

Wisconsin issues first round of benefits through the 2021-2022 School P-EBT Program

Infant Formula Recall: What to Know
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Infant Formula Recall: What to Know

Families encouraged to check for recalled formula and monitor children for symptoms

DHS Updates Vaccination Coverage Dashboard to Include Booster and Additional Dose Data
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DHS Updates Vaccination Coverage Dashboard to Include Booster and Additional Dose Data

New metrics show coverage by county and demographics

DHS Awards $3.4 Million in Community Outreach Grants to Promote Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations
DHS to Request 30-day Extension of Medicaid Coverage for Women After Pregnancy
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DHS to Request 30-day Extension of Medicaid Coverage for Women After Pregnancy

Federal government’s approval would increase coverage from 60 to 90 days

First Death from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19 Reported in Wisconsin
DHS and Wisconsin Pediatricians Say Now is the Time to Catch Kids Up on Vaccines and Well-Child Visits
DHS Urges Vaccination as the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Gains Full FDA Approval
Evers Administration Continues COVID-19 Testing Efforts, Support
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Evers Administration Continues COVID-19 Testing Efforts, Support

10.9 million COVID-19 tests administered in 2021, including nearly 200,000 tests administered in K-12 schools

DHS Now Auto-Importing Positive COVID-19 Test Results
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DHS Now Auto-Importing Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Improves process, ensures most up-to-date data

Evers Administration, DHS, DPI Remind Schools of Support, Resources Available to Help Keep Kids and Educators Safe in School as Omicron Spreads
DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for Everyone Ages 12 and Older
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DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for Everyone Ages 12 and Older

DHS also recommends Pfizer and Moderna booster doses at 5 months and an additional primary dose for certain immunocompromised children 5 through 11 years of age

DHS Schedules Listening Sessions to Get Input On How Settlement Funds Should Be Used to Address Wisconsin’s Opioid Epidemic
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DHS Schedules Listening Sessions to Get Input On How Settlement Funds Should Be Used to Address Wisconsin’s Opioid Epidemic

Virtual sessions start January 12 and are scheduled in regions across the state

DHS Provides Update on Support for Wisconsin’s Health Care System
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DHS Provides Update on Support for Wisconsin’s Health Care System

Placing staff to meet increased demand for health care services during the COVID-19 surge

Wisconsin Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments
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Wisconsin Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments

Initial supply of molnupiravir and Paxlovid is limited, both drugs require a prescription

Governor Evers and DHS Urge Wisconsinites to Test Their Homes for Radon
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Governor Evers and DHS Urge Wisconsinites to Test Their Homes for Radon

Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer overall and leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers

DHS Urges Public Health Practices to Keep Kids Safe and in School
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DHS Urges Public Health Practices to Keep Kids Safe and in School

Asks parents and guardians to take action as Omicron cases increase

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake’s Statement on CDC Recommendations to Shorten Isolation and Quarantine Periods
DHS Deputy Secretary Deb Standridge Statement on New FDA Emergency Use Authorizations of the First Antiviral Pills to Treat COVID-19
DHS Reminds Wisconsinites of COVID-19 Testing Options
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DHS Reminds Wisconsinites of COVID-19 Testing Options

As Omicron cases increase, DHS urges Wisconsinites to get tested before traveling and attending gatherings

Gov. Evers and DHS Announce FEMA Support for Wisconsin Hospitals
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Gov. Evers and DHS Announce FEMA Support for Wisconsin Hospitals

FEMA support will provide critical care to Wisconsinites in the Green Bay area

DHS Issues Public Health Advisory about the Omicron Variant
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DHS Issues Public Health Advisory about the Omicron Variant

As cases are anticipated to surge, DHS calls on Wisconsinites to take immediate action to prevent hospitalizations and deaths

DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake Joins First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Visit to Children’s Wisconsin to Encourage Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations
Governor Evers, DHS Mark the One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Vaccine Arriving in Wisconsin
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Governor Evers, DHS Mark the One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Vaccine Arriving in Wisconsin

More than two-thirds of Wisconsin adults are now fully vaccinated and nearly 90,000 children ages 5 through 11 have received at least one dose.

La Crosse Lighthouse Peer-Run Respite Opens
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La Crosse Lighthouse Peer-Run Respite Opens

A space for healing mental health and substance use concerns

DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for everyone 16 and older
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DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for everyone 16 and older

DHS supports the FDA authorization and CDC recommendation to provide a Pfizer booster dose for 16- and 17-year-olds

DHS Awards $8.1 Million in Community Outreach Grants to Promote Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations
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DHS Awards $8.1 Million in Community Outreach Grants to Promote Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations

Funds still available for community organizations to support vaccine outreach

First Case of the Omicron Variant Identified in Wisconsin
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First Case of the Omicron Variant Identified in Wisconsin

Governor Evers, DHS urge vaccination and continued public health practices to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant

DHS Provides Update on Omicron Variant
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DHS Provides Update on Omicron Variant

No cases among Wisconsin residents have been identified at this time but investigation is ongoing

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake’s Statement on CDC’s Recommendation of Booster Doses for All Adults
DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for Anyone 18 and Older
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DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for Anyone 18 and Older

DHS supports the FDA authorization, CDC recommendations

DHS Announces $2 Million in Funding to Help Wisconsinites Access Affordable Health Insurance
DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Celebrate the Holidays Safely
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DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Celebrate the Holidays Safely

Provides recommendations to help reduce the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19

Don’t Let the Flu Stop You This Holiday Season
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Don’t Let the Flu Stop You This Holiday Season

DHS urges Wisconsinites to get their flu vaccine ahead of celebrations and to encourage friends and family to do the same

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 5-11
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Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 5-11

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine deemed safe and effective for this age group

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Booster Doses
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Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Booster Doses

DHS supports CDC recommendation to expand eligibility for COVID-19 booster shots

DHS Announces Multiple Funding Opportunities to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities
DHS Provides Update on Measles Cases in Wisconsin
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DHS Provides Update on Measles Cases in Wisconsin

Risk of measles transmission in surrounding communities remains low

DHS to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Relaunches Community Testing Program
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DHS to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Relaunches Community Testing Program

The program seeks to increase COVID-19 testing access across Wisconsin

DHS Continues Investment in Quality Health Care for Rural Areas
DHS Announces the Hire of the Director of the Office of Health Equity
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DHS Announces the Hire of the Director of the Office of Health Equity

Dr. Michelle Robinson to serve as the first director of the newly formed office

DHS Announces New Electronic Communications to Notify COVID-19 Close Contacts
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DHS Announces New Electronic Communications to Notify COVID-19 Close Contacts

Contact tracers can now send texts and emails to close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19

DHS Encourages Flu Vaccination: Protect Yourself and Those Around You
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DHS Encourages Flu Vaccination: Protect Yourself and Those Around You

Flu vaccines are now available in Wisconsin

DHS Improves Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services for Medicaid Members
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DHS Improves Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services for Medicaid Members

Beginning November 1, a new vendor will make updates to improve the member experience, but the overall process to secure assistance getting to covered appointments will remain the same

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Booster Doses
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Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Booster Doses

DHS supports the FDA authorization, CDC recommendation to provide Pfizer booster doses to certain populations

More Than 142,000 People Receive First Dose Between August 20 and September 19
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More Than 142,000 People Receive First Dose Between August 20 and September 19

DHS encourages Wisconsinites who received their first vaccine dose between August 20 and September 19 to claim their $100 reward by September 30

DHS Connect Fully Implemented
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DHS Connect Fully Implemented

Comprehensive electronic health records system in use at all seven state facilities

Gov. Evers, DHS Remind Wisconsinites to Get Vaccinated to Get $100
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Gov. Evers, DHS Remind Wisconsinites to Get Vaccinated to Get $100

Wisconsinites who receive their first dose August 20 through September 19 are eligible to receive the reward

Federal and State Officials Advise Wisconsinites That Making or Buying Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards is Illegal
DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Mask Up and Follow Public Health Practices Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
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DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Mask Up and Follow Public Health Practices Ahead of Labor Day Weekend

7-day average of COVID-19 cases is the highest it has been in more than 6 months

Keeping Kids Safe During Back to School
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Keeping Kids Safe During Back to School

As cases rise, DHS and DPI urge districts and schools to follow COVID-19 guidance

DHS Urges Vaccination as Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Gains Full FDA Approval
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DHS Urges Vaccination as Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Gains Full FDA Approval

Vaccination also encouraged under EUA for children ages 12 to 15, and for an additional dose in people who are immunocompromised

Health Department Urges People to Keep Taking Steps To Avoid Mosquito-Related Illnesses
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Health Department Urges People to Keep Taking Steps To Avoid Mosquito-Related Illnesses

Four cases of Eastern equine encephalitis have been found in Wisconsin horses

DHS Releases New Data on COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths by Vaccination Status
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DHS Releases New Data on COVID-19 Cases, Hospitalizations, and Deaths by Vaccination Status

Data shows the rate of infection much higher amongst individuals who are not fully vaccinated

Wisconsin to Offer Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Dose to People Who Are Immunocompromised
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Wisconsin to Offer Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Dose to People Who Are Immunocompromised

DHS supports FDA, ACIP recommendations of additional dose of mRNA vaccine to people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised

DHS Releases New and Updated Resources for Schools to Keep Students Safe
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DHS Releases New and Updated Resources for Schools to Keep Students Safe

Resources include updated guidance on outbreaks and new testing communications toolkit

Wisconsin Submits Plans to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Services
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Wisconsin Submits Plans to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Prevention activities, treatment programs, and recovery supports are part of Wisconsin’s proposals for American Rescue Plan Act funds

Growing Case Activity and Circulation of Delta Variant Prompt Updated CDC and DHS Guidance
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Growing Case Activity and Circulation of Delta Variant Prompt Updated CDC and DHS Guidance

Vaccination and mask guidance are best response tools for an evolving situation

Governor Evers, DHS Urge COVID-19 Vaccination Ahead of 2021-2022 School Year
Site Visits Highlight Lead Safety Efforts
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Site Visits Highlight Lead Safety Efforts

Organizations throughout the state will showcase home lead abatement efforts

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Includes Wisconsin
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Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium Includes Wisconsin

Nine people in Wisconsin and Illinois infected, with one hospitalization and no deaths

Wisconsin Launches “Our Doctors” Multimedia Campaign
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Wisconsin Launches “Our Doctors” Multimedia Campaign

Features local doctors from across the state endorsing the COVID-19 vaccines

Wisconsin Submits Plan to Enhance and Improve Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services
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Wisconsin Submits Plan to Enhance and Improve Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

Central to the plan are critical initiatives to strengthen the caregiving workforce left out of state budget passed by legislature

New Maps Provide Additional Geographic Breakdowns of COVID-19 Vaccination Data
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New Maps Provide Additional Geographic Breakdowns of COVID-19 Vaccination Data

Visualizations include municipalities, zip code tabulation areas, school district boundaries, and census tracts

Peer-run Respite Grants Awarded, New Locations Added
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Peer-run Respite Grants Awarded, New Locations Added

Five centers will be available to all state residents

Wisconsin to Issue Second Round of Benefits to Children Who Missed Free or Reduced Price School Meals Because of COVID-19 Pandemic
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Wisconsin to Issue Second Round of Benefits to Children Who Missed Free or Reduced Price School Meals Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

School P-EBT benefits to be released this weekend will cover the months of December 2020 through March 2021

Governor Evers, DHS Announce Enhanced COVID-19 Testing Support for Schools
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Governor Evers, DHS Announce Enhanced COVID-19 Testing Support for Schools

COVID-19 testing services are now available for the 2021-2022 school year

State Health Agency Finds Cases of Adult and Congenital Syphilis Spiking in Wisconsin
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State Health Agency Finds Cases of Adult and Congenital Syphilis Spiking in Wisconsin

Pregnant people in six Wisconsin counties should be screened for syphilis at least twice during pregnancy

DHS Now Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern B.1.617.2, the Delta Variant
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DHS Now Tracking SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern B.1.617.2, the Delta Variant

With the addition of new variant of concern, DHS urges vaccination to combat COVID-19

DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinics to Begin Ramping Down Operations
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DHS Community-Based Vaccination Clinics to Begin Ramping Down Operations

Multiple COVID-19 vaccination options continue to be available

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

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

Is Your Home Healthy?
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Is Your Home Healthy?

More time spent at home during the pandemic may have exposed you to other health risks

Potential Impact to Certain Individuals Who Received Services From Wisconsin Medicaid Long-Term Care Programs
Federal and State Officials Advise COVID-19 Vaccine Providers in Wisconsin that Individuals Seeking Vaccinations Cannot Be Charged
Fruit and Vegetable Benefit is Increased for WIC Participants
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Fruit and Vegetable Benefit is Increased for WIC Participants

American Rescue Plan Act funds temporary WIC increase

DHS Updates COVID-19 Summary Data Page
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DHS Updates COVID-19 Summary Data Page

New dashboard displays key COVID-19 metrics and utilizes improved data

Wisconsin Set to Distribute FoodShare Benefits for New Pandemic-EBT Program for Children Under 6 Who are Not in School
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Creates Office of Health Equity
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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Creates Office of Health Equity

Announces Search for Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Medicaid Expansion Increases Access to Care, Improves Health Outcomes, and Lowers Death Rates New Study Shows
Fully Vaccinated People Can Resume Activities Without Masks
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Fully Vaccinated People Can Resume Activities Without Masks

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective

Wisconsin Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 12-15
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Wisconsin Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 12-15

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine deemed safe and effective

DHS Connecting Vaccinators with Groups Wanting On-Site Vaccination Clinics
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DHS Connecting Vaccinators with Groups Wanting On-Site Vaccination Clinics

Matching employers and organizations with local vaccine providers

Some Wisconsin FoodShare Recipients to Receive Additional Emergency Allotment Benefits
DHS Transitions to VaccineFinder
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DHS Transitions to VaccineFinder

 

Governor Evers, DHS Announce More Than $175 Million to Support COVID-19 Testing in Schools
Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care (LTC) Program Ending
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Federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care (LTC) Program Ending

Nearly 110,000 staff and residents vaccinated

DHS Releases Improved COVID-19 Hospital Data Webpage
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DHS Releases Improved COVID-19 Hospital Data Webpage

The updated page consolidates hospital data into informative dashboards

Wisconsin DHS Pauses Administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
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Wisconsin DHS Pauses Administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccinators instructed to stop administering Johnson & Johnson vaccine

DHS Reaffirms that Every Wisconsinite Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine
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DHS Reaffirms that Every Wisconsinite Can Get COVID-19 Vaccine

People without an ID or insurance should not be turned away

DHS Releases New COVID-19 Variant Trackers
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DHS Releases New COVID-19 Variant Trackers

Updates include tracking newly classified variants of concern and displaying information by HERC region

DHS Releases Guidance for Spring and Summer Activities
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DHS Releases Guidance for Spring and Summer Activities

Updated recommendations for planning and attending events are now available

DHS Awards $6.2 Million in Grants to Promote Health Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Program
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DHS Awards $6.2 Million in Grants to Promote Health Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Grant program supports community outreach efforts

Increased Vaccine Supply Expands Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to More Locations
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Increased Vaccine Supply Expands Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to More Locations

Nearly 600 participating pharmacy locations will be offering COVID-19 vaccinations

DHS and Laboratory Partners Confirm a Third Variant Strain of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin
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DHS and Laboratory Partners Confirm a Third Variant Strain of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin

DHS confirms variant P.1 and an additional case of variant B.1.351

DHS Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Data
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DHS Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Data

The launch also includes an update of vaccine distribution metrics

Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine on March 22
Wisconsin Adds More Partners to the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
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Wisconsin Adds More Partners to the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

New pharmacy partners started receiving federal allocation this week

DHS Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Data Cleaning Efforts
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DHS Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Data Cleaning Efforts

Will ensure COVID-19 data is as accurate and complete as possible

Wisconsin to Issue Benefits to Children Missing Free or Reduced Price School Meals Because of COVID-19 Pandemic
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Wisconsin to Issue Benefits to Children Missing Free or Reduced Price School Meals Because of COVID-19 Pandemic

DHS is working in partnership with the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Children and Families, and schools across the state to implement the program for the 2020-2021 school year

DHS Announces People with Medical Conditions Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine March 29
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DHS Announces People with Medical Conditions Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine March 29

Anticipates general public being eligible in May

Wisconsin Eliminates Waitlist for Long-Term Care Services for Medicaid-Eligible Adults
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Wisconsin Eliminates Waitlist for Long-Term Care Services for Medicaid-Eligible Adults

Success achieved in decades-long effort to ensure Wisconsinites who are elderly or have physical or developmental disabilities can receive home and community-based services

Office of Children’s Mental Health Focuses on Eliminating Childhood Poverty
DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Variant Strain B.1.351 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin
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.