Evers Administration Continues COVID-19 Testing Efforts, Support
Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) today reminded Wisconsinites of available programs continuing to provide COVID-19 testing to Wisconsinites, including community testing sites, a K-12 testing program, support for child care testing, testing programs in shelters, long-term care facilities, jails, and pharmacies, and a service to distribute free at-home testing supplies. As Omicron spreads rapidly in Wisconsin, testing remains a critical tool to stopping the spread...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 18, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Now Auto-Importing Positive COVID-19 Test Results
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has updated the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS) to allow positive COVID-19 test results to be automatically imported into the system. This change is intended to support the efforts of local and tribal health departments (LTHDs) to manage the large influx of positive tests resulting from the ongoing surge driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. As a result of this new auto-import process, DHS expects COVID-19...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 14, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Evers Administration, DHS, DPI Remind Schools of Support, Resources Available to Help Keep Kids and Educators Safe in School as Omicron Spreads
In order to keep students, teachers, and staff safe and in school, the Evers Administration and Department of Health Services (DHS)sent a letter to all public, private, and independent charter schools detailing the tools that DHS and the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have made available to schools to help in this effort. " We want our kids to be in the classroom and, just as we have from the beginning of this pandemic, our administration...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 10, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for Everyone Ages 12 and Older
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ’s (CDC) recommendation that 12- to 15-year-olds should receive a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. DHS also supports CDC’s recommendations to shorten the booster interval from 6 months to 5 months for people who received the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines and that modera tely or severely immunocompromised 5- to 11-year-olds receive an additional primary dose of...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 7, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

DHS Schedules Listening Sessions to Get Input On How Settlement Funds Should Be Used to Address Wisconsin ’s Opioid Epidemic
Theopioid epidemic has touched every corner of Wisconsin, and how the state responds to the crisis must be informed by the unique circumstances of each individual experiencing opioid use disorder, their friends and family, and their communities. Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced it will be holding virtual listening sessions around the state to determine how anticipated settlement funds from opioid manufacturers and distributors...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 6, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Provides Update on Support for Wisconsin ’s Health Care System
The Department of Health Services (DHS) today provided an update on Wisconsin ’s efforts to help health and residential care providers provide critical care to Wisconsinites during this COVID-19 surge. In collaboration with our state's hospitals and long-term care providers, since October 19, 2021, DHS has worked with staffing agencies to recruit 567 nurses, nursing assistants, and other types of health care workers to support 72 health and residential care facilities like hospitals, nursing...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 6, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Receives Oral Antiviral COVID-19 Treatments
The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that Wisconsin has received the first allocation of oral antiviral COVID-19 treatments molnupiravir and Paxlovid to treat patients diagnosed with mild to moderate COVID-19. The initial supply available to states from the federal government is extremely limited. Under guidance developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), health care providers are encouraged to prioritize prescribing these new therapeutics to those patients at...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 5, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Governor Evers and DHS Urge Wisconsinites to Test Their Home for Radon
Exposure toradon gas is one of the major contributors to lung cancer nationally, yet many people aren ’t aware that an easy-to-use test kit can tell them if their home has high radon levels. That’s whyGovernor Tony Evers has proclaimed January National Radon Action Month for Wisconsin residents. “About one out of every ten homes in Wisconsin has...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - January 4, 2022 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Urges Public Health Practices to Keep Kids Safe and in School
As students return to school in January, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is asking all Wisconsin parents and guardians totake action to help slow the spread of Omicron and keep children safe in schools. DHS urges parents and guardians to collaborate with local leaders, school officials, and public health on the following actions: Get your child vaccinated for COVID-19, including a booster dose as soon as they are eligible. Ensure your child...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 30, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake ’s Statement on CDC Recommendations to Shorten Isolation and Quarantine Periods
“The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supportsCenter for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations to shorten isolation and quarantine periods for the general public, given what we know right now about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Science shows that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission happens early in the illness, so CDC has shortened the recommended length of isolation from 10...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 28, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Deputy Secretary Deb Standridge Statement on New FDA Emergency Use Authorizations of the First Antiviral Pills to Treat COVID-19
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorizations for Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s Molnupiravir, the first oral antiviral medications authorized for use in mild to moderate cases of COVID-19. The federal government will begin allocation of these medications shortly and DHS is preparing for this medication to become available to eligible Wisconsinites within the coming weeks. At this time, we know that the initial supplies will be limited and we ask for...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 23, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Reminds Wisconsinites of COVID-19 Testing Options
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reminds Wisconsinites of the various ways to get tested for COVID-19. Trusted testing partners include local health departments, community testing sites, pharmacies, and health care providers. Over the counter rapid at-home COVID-19 tests can also be used before gathering with family and friends. DHS currently provides free at-home collection kits which you can send to a lab for results for all Wisconsinites. “We have to keep working together to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Gov. Evers and DHS Announce FEMA Support for Wisconsin Hospitals
Governor Tony Evers and the Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sending a 20-person team from the U.S. Navy to support Bellin Health ’s COVID-19 response in the Green Bay area. This assistance is critical for supporting hospitals and health care systems that are at or nearly at capacity. FEMA’s support was secured in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs and Wisconsin Emergency Management. “I asked for...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 21, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Issues Public Health Advisory about the Omicron Variant
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued apublic health advisory calling on all Wisconsinites to take urgent action to prevent additional hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19. The highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Wisconsin and is anticipated to cause a rapid increase in disease activity in the coming weeks. There is a serious risk that continued, increased numbers of COVID-19...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Families with Children Who Did Not Receive Free or Reduced Price Meals at School Due to COVID-19 to Receive Food Benefits
Wisconsin has received U.S. Department of Agriculture approval to offer theSchool Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program for the 2021-2022 school year. This program provides vital food benefits to families when their children are not able to get free or reduced price meals at school through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP). “School P-EBT has provided critical support for families in need...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 16, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake Joins First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Visit to Children ’s Wisconsin to Encourage Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccinations
DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake today released the following statement after a visit to Children ’s Wisconsin in Milwaukee with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff, and U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy: “Protecting the health and safety of Wisconsin’s children is a top priority for Governor Evers and all of us at DHS. We are so proud to partner with organiza tions like Children’s Wisconsin who are pioneering family-centered approaches to ensuring children,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 15, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Governor Evers, DHS Mark the One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 Vaccine Arriving in Wisconsin
Governor Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) are marking the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 vaccine administered in the state. Wisconsin first began administering the COVID-19 vaccine on December 14, 2020. In one year, over 6.8 million COVID-19 primary series doses have been administered to more than 3.5 million people. DHS has also made updates to theCOVID-19 Vaccines for Wisconsin Residents dashboard to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 14, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

La Crosse Lighthouse Peer-Run Respite Opens
Wisconsin ’s sixth peer-run respite funded by the Department of Health Services (DHS)—the La Crosse Lighthouse—is now open. It offers a place where people with mental health and substance use challenges can stay in times of increased stress or symptoms and receive support from people who have themselves been mental health and substance use service users. “Making sure folks have the mental health and treatment services they need is an essential part of addressing substance use in our state,” said...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 13, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for everyone 16 and older
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the recommendation that 16- and 17-year-olds receive a booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer)COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine. “The approval of the Pfizer vaccine booster dose for 16- and 17-year-olds provides another opportunity for more Wisconsinites to get additional protection from COVID-19,” said...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 10, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Awards $8.1 Million in Community Outreach Grants to Promote Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced $8.1 million in grants has been awarded to organizations across the state to promote health equity in COVID-19 vaccination throughout the state. The investment aims to increase vaccinations by supporting organizations to serve as trusted messengers within their communities and reduce barriers that hinder vaccine access for marginalized or underserved populations. “Ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to quality, affordable healthcare...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 9, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

First Case of the Omicron Variant Identified in Wisconsin
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has detected the newestvariant of concern, the Omicron variant, in Wisconsin. The Omicron variant, B.1.1.529, was classified as a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November 30, 2021. Variants are...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Provides Update on Omicron Variant
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the City of Milwaukee Health Department are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak from a wedding in Milwaukee County on November 27. There are currently 12 confirmed cases among California residents who attended the event. One of the individuals attended the wedding upon return from international travel. A California State lab used genomic sequencing to identify that 5 of the 12 people diagnosed with COVID-19, were infected with the Omicron...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - December 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake ’s Statement on CDC’s Recommendation of Booster Doses for All Adults
“The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports CDC’s recommendation that everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine. Early data from South Africa suggests that the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) which has been identified in 19 countries, has demonstrated increased transmissibility. The best protection against this new variant, or any variant of COVID-19...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 30, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Dose for Anyone 18 and Older  
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports therecommendation that anyone 18 and older receive a booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) or Moderna vaccine. All adults are now eligible to receive booster doses, and booster doses are strongly recommended for...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

DHS Announces $2 Million in Funding to Help Wisconsinites Access Affordable Health Insurance
DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake today at an open enrollment event in Appleton announced $2 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding forCovering Wisconsin to support efforts to make sure that Wisconsinites have the health care coverage they need for themselves and their families. This investment will support the statewide non-profit as it raises awareness and offers personalized assistance to guide people through the process of finding...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 19, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Celebrate the Holidays Safely
As we look ahead to the winter holiday season, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages Wisconsinites to take steps to protect their health and the health of those around them. You can celebrate safely even while the disease continues to spread. “Celebrating the holiday season and its traditions is important to Wisconsin families, and we can all celebrate safely this year if we remember to take a few simple steps,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “Family and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 17, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Don ’t Let the Flu Stop You This Holiday Season
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to encourage Wisconsinites to get aflu vaccine to help them stay healthy while visiting family and friends this holiday season. The flu vaccine is the best tool to protect yourself and your loved ones from becoming ill with the flu. Getting your flu vaccine at least two weeks before a gathering gives your body time to build the immunity it needs to fight infection. " This year, it is critical to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 11, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Vaccinations to Children Ages 5-11
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that children 5-11 years old are now eligible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine requires two doses 21 days apart for full protection, and is the first and only vaccine currently available for this age group. Vaccinations for this age group will begin as soon as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases the associated clinical guidance and vaccinators are able to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - November 3, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Every Child in Wisconsin Deserves a Healthy Start in Life That is Free from Exposure to Lead
Deteriorating lead-based paint, especially in homes built before 1978, is the main source of lead exposure in Wisconsin. It is estimated that in Wisconsin there are more than 350,000 older homes with lead paint. Leaded dust from this paint can get on toys, fingers, and other objects that any child may put in their mouths and ingest. This exposure can impact how children ’s brains develop and can lead to behavioral and developmental disabilities. Lead contamination in drinking water can occur in...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 28, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Booster Doses
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ’s (CDC) recommendation that certain populations who have increased risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19 receive a booster shot of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine, and that individuals age 18 and older who recei ved the J& J COVID-19 vaccine receive a booster dose at least two months after their...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces Multiple Funding Opportunities to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities
Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced funds will be made available to promote racial and geographic equity in theCOVID-19 response. DHS was awarded $27 million by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to combat inequities related to COVID-19 infection, illness, and death, including $9 million dedicated to rural communities. In a separate appropriation, an additional $13 million in funding has been set aside to...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 13, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Provides Update on Measles Cases in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), the Monroe County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 22 cases ofmeasles in Wisconsin. Cases have occurred among people currently living at Fort McCoy in Monroe County with recent history of travel from Afghanistan as part of the United States government ’s emergency evacuation efforts. There are currently zero known, active measles cases at Fort...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 8, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS to Increase COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Relaunches Community Testing Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today the relaunch of the Testing Pilot Program, now referred to as theCommunity Testing Support Program, to support entities across Wisconsin in offering local, convenient COVID-19 testing. This program will provide approved applicants with free testing supplies and courier services through contracted vendors, as well as reimbursement for specimen collection. “Easy access to COVID-19 testing in all...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 7, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Continues Investment in Quality Health Care for Rural Areas
Grants totaling more than $550,000 to increase access and enhance quality care in rural Wisconsin were announced today by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The grants support education and training to assist rural hospitals and clinics in filling “high need, high demand” positions. “Ensuring Wisconsinites in every community—from Columbus to Cumberland—have access to quality, affordable health care is not only critical for our continued fight against this pandemic but our future...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 6, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces the Hire of the Director of the Office of Health Equity
Today, Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced the hiring of Dr. Michelle Robinson as the Director of thenewly formed Office of Health Equity. The Office of Health Equity and its dedicated team is attached to the Office of the Secretary and will lead work to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the department while also coordinating the development and implementation of policies and programs to address root...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 5, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces New Electronic Communications to Notify COVID-19 Close Contacts
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that people who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 can be sent a text or email notifying them of their exposure to COVID-19. This is another way to share important information with close contacts in a timely manner. People who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to receive a phone call from a contact tracer. “As COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin rise in large part due to the highly...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Encourages Flu Vaccination: Protect Yourself and Those Around You
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages everyone to get vaccinated againstinfluenza (flu) this fall. The flu vaccine is another layer of protection to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from a preventable disease. “In the last year, we’ve learned some valuable lessons about respiratory viruses,” said Tom Haupt, DHS Influenza Surveillance Coordinator. “It’s critical that we do everything we can to prevent influenza–like...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - October 1, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Improves Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services for Medicaid Members
Beginning November 1, 2021, Wisconsin Medicaid members who participate in eligible programs will be working with a new vendor, Veyo, to get transportation to their covered health care appointments. This benefit, referred to as non-emergency medical transportation or NEMT, is available when members lack access to transportation, require assistance because of disabilities, or have their appointments in locations or at times when public transportation is not available. The outgoing vendor, MTM,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 29, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Offer COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Booster Doses
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) supports the recommendation that certain populations who have increased risk of exposure to or transmission of COVID-19 receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech ’s (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine at least six months after having received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. “Our nation’s leading medical experts reviewed the available data and recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster doses be provided to some people who have received the Pfizer vaccine...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 27, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake ’s Statement on CDC’s Recommendation of Booster Doses of Pfizer Vaccine for Certain Populations
“DHS is aware of the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that people 65 and older and certain populations who are at high risk of COVID-19 receive a booster shot of the Pfizer vaccine at least six months after the completion of their Pfizer vaccine primary series . This decision follows the authorization by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Once CDC’s clinical guidance becomes available, our experts will conduct a thorough review. After they complete...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 24, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wausau Youth Crisis Stabilization Facility Now Open
A youth crisis stabilization facility is now open in Wausau, with start-up funding provided by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS). The eight-bed facility operated by North Central Health Care serves young people with non-life-threatening mental health needs. “Increasing access to mental health care for all Wisconsinites is a top priority of mine, but particularly when it comes to our kids,” said Gov. Evers. “This facility will help meet a critical need in caring for youth in this...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 23, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

More Than 142,000 People Receive First Dose Between August 20 and September 19
Since the launch of the $100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced more than 142,400 Wisconsinites have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Eligibility to earn the vaccine reward for receiving the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has now closed. However, Wisconsinites 12 and older who received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine between August 20 and September 19 from a vaccine provider in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Minnesota...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Connect Fully Implemented
Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston is now using an electronic health records system, marking the end of a multiyear transformation in how the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) provides services and supports at the seven state facilities for people living with psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities. DHS Connect, a program built by DHS staff with components supplied by Cerner, supports doctors, nurses, and other staff to document and access critical information...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Gov. Evers, DHS Remind Wisconsinites to Get Vaccinated to Get $100
Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) urge Wisconsinites to get vaccinated by Sunday, September 19 in order to qualify for the$100 COVID-19 Vaccine Reward Program. The program opened August 20 and is available to anyone ages 12 and up in Wisconsin who gets their first dose of COVID-19 by Sunday. Between August 20 and September 13, more than 114,900 Wisconsinites have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. “The COVID-...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 15, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Federal and State Officials Advise Wisconsinites That Making or Buying Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards is Illegal
Richard G. Frohling, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, joins Timothy M. O ’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Karen Timberlake, Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and Anthony Baize, DHS Inspector General, to advise the public that any act of creating, distributing, selling, or buying of fake C OVID-19 vaccination record cards and any act of forging COVID-19 vaccination information is...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 10, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Mask Up and Follow Public Health Practices Ahead of Labor Day Weekend
Ahead of Labor Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages Wisconsinites to celebrate safely and continue taking steps to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. Wisconsin is seeing veryhigh case activity. The 7-day average of new confirmed cases is now 1,699 and COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19, wearing a mask, avoiding indoor gatherings, staying home if you feel sick, and following...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - September 1, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Renews Commitment to Reducing Drug Overdoses in Wisconsin
Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed August 31 as Overdose Awareness Day in Wisconsin, and the Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging residents to reflect on the impact overdoses have had on families and friends of people who use drugs in every corner of the state, and to renew our commitment to end overdoses in Wisconsin. “There isn’t a community in our state that hasn’t been impacted by the opioid epidemic, and Wisconsinites who are struggling with substance use disorders deserve our...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 31, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Keeping Kids Safe During Back to School
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Public Instruction (DPI) have releasedguidance on strategies districts and schools can use to best protect students during in-person learning this school year. “As a parent planning for this school year, it’s great to see so many schools and districts taking steps to keep students, teachers, and staff safe by enrolling in our COVID-19 testing program. I encourage parents to sign those...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Urges Vaccination as Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Gains Full FDA Approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted its full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty (koe-mir ’-na-tee), for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in people 16 years of age and older. The Pfizer vaccine is also still available under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for people ages 12 to 15 and for an additional dose for people who are immunocompromised. “Nearly 3 million Wisconsinites have received their safe...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Health Department Urges People to Keep Taking Steps To Avoid Mosquito-Related Illnesses
As summer winds down and the risk for someillnesses spread by mosquitoes goes up, health officials are encouraging Wisconsin residents to use simple prevention steps toFight the Bite. On average, 44 human cases of illnesses spread by mosquitoes in Wisconsin are reported to public health each year. Since many infections cause mild illness that goes undiagnosed, the actual number of Wisconsin cases is likely to be much...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 20, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news