DHS Releases New COVID-19 Variant Trackers
Today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released a new data table on ourvariant webpage that shows SARS-CoV-2 variant proportions byHealth Care Emergency Readiness Coalition (HERC) region. The variants page now also includes information on two additional variant strains of SARS-CoV-2: variants B.1.427 and B.1.429. DHS first identified these variants in Wisconsin in December 2020, and is...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 8, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Everyone Age 16 and Older Now Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces a major milestone inWisconsin ’s COVID-19 vaccination program in that everyone ages 16 and older are now eligible for the vaccine. After consistently ranking tops in the nation for vaccine administration and with a steady increase in vaccine supply, Wisconsin opens eligibility nearly a month earlier than expected. “I know this past year hasn’t been easy for anyone, and I want to express my...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 5, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Releases Guidance for Spring and Summer Activities
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has updated theStaying Safe in Your Community webpage to include recommendations for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The webpage now includes guidance for a variety of spring and summer activities, as well as guidelines for attending or hosting gatherings. “As we start to get back to some of the activities we love this spring and summer, it’s critical we continue following public health best...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 2, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Awards $6.2 Million in Grants to Promote Health Equity in COVID-19 Vaccine Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced $6.2 million in grants has been awarded to one hundred organizations across the state. The investment aims to increase vaccinations by supporting organizations to serve as trusted messengers within their communities, build vaccine confidence, and reduce barriers that hinder vaccine access for marginalized or underserved populations. “This major investment to promote health equity in Wisconsin is essential to bounce back from the...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - April 1, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Increased Vaccine Supply Expands Federal Retail Pharmacy Program to More Locations
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces seven new pharmacy partners in Wisconsin will start receiving vaccine this week as part of theFederal Retail Pharmacy Program. This includes select Costco, CVS, and Hy-Vee locations, as well as the following independent pharmacy networks: Good Neighbor and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation, Health Mart, Medicine Shoppe and Cardinal Health, and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 30, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS and Laboratory Partners Confirm a Third Variant Strain of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin
On March 25, 2021, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and laboratory partners confirmed athird variant strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin. This variant strain, referred to as P.1, differs from variant B.1.1.7 and B.1.351, which have both previously been confirmed in Wisconsin. The newest variant, P.1, was first discovered in four travelers from Brazil who were tested at an airport near Tokyo, Japan, in early...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 26, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Releases New COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Data
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched a redesign of the vaccine distribution summary on theCOVID-19 vaccine data page. The new allocation and administration dashboard displays key metrics related to Wisconsin ’s COVID-19 vaccination program, including total doses administered by provider type. “The updated dashboard provides a more comprehensive overview of vaccine supply in Wisconsin and highlights the great work being done by...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 23, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

Groups Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine on March 22
Starting today, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that people age 16 and older with certain medical conditions associated with an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 areeligible for the vaccine. This newly eligible group adds more than 2 million people into the population eligible for the vaccine. All groups now currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine include: Frontline health care personnel Residents and staff...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 22, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin Adds More Partners to the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announces that four new pharmacy partners in Wisconsin started receiving vaccine this week as part of theFederal Retail Pharmacy Program. This includes the Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Network (CPESN), which includes some Hometown Pharmacies, as well as Managed Health Care Associates, Meijer, and Walmart. These pharmacies join Kroger and Walgreens,...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 19, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: goodsesjfs Source Type: news

DHS Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Data Cleaning Efforts
Data is the tool that drives decisions for public health. And it has been vitally important to inform our decision-making process during the pandemic. As we continue to provide the highest quality, transparent data, today, DHS announces we are ramping up data cleaning efforts as decreasing cases have allowed for increased capacity to focus on data quality. DHS and local public health agencies have been prioritizing data access to the public as quickly as possible to ensure transparency...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 18, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Wisconsin to Issue Benefits to Children Missing Free or Reduced Price School Meals Because of COVID-19 Pandemic
Families across Wisconsin will get help feeding their children who usually get free or reduced price meals at school but haven ’t this year because of the pandemic. In the December stimulus package, Congress authorized the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to renew thePandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer program, or P-EBT, for the 2020-2021 school year. Wisconsin ’s plan for providing benefits has been...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 12, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS Announces People with Medical Conditions Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine March 29
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that individuals age 16 and older with certain medical conditions will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 29. This eligibility group includes individuals with medical conditions associated with an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Based on the recent and anticipated increases in vaccine availability, DHS anticipates the general public will be eligible for the vaccine sometime in May. “Wisconsin...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 11, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

Wisconsin Eliminates Waitlist for Long-Term Care Services for Medicaid-Eligible Adults
On February 28, 2021, a 40-year-old individual with a physical disability from Adams County was referred to IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct), Wisconsin ’s self-directed long-term care program. This individual was the last person waiting to join one of Wisconsin’s long-term care programs that provide home and community-based services to eligible adults who are elderly or have physical or intellectual disabilities. “Wisconsin’s long-term care programs embrace a person-centered approach that...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 10, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

DHS and Laboratory Partners Identify Variant Strain B.1.351 of SARS-CoV-2 in Wisconsin
On March 4, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and laboratory partners identified asecond variant strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin. This variant strain differs from variant B.1.1.7, which was first identified in Wisconsin on January 12, 2021. The newest variant, referred to as B.1.351, was first discovered to be circulating in South Africa in samples dating back to October 2020. According to epidemiologic and...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 5, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: yunkecfrrr Source Type: news

COVID-19 Vaccine Assistance Hotline Now Available
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that in addition to the numerous resources available on theDHS COVID-19 vaccine page, Wisconsinites can now call 844-684-1064 (toll-free) for personal assistance with their vaccine-related questions. “Learning about the vaccine, trying to find a location, and registering for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment can be stressful,” said Governor Tony Evers. “Being able to talk directly to someone who...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - March 4, 2021 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news