Palm Leaving DHS for Biden Administration

MADISON — Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee, is leaving to become the nominee as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Biden Administration. Her last day at DHS is Wednesday. “Andrea Palm is a public servant through and through—she’s been a critical part of our […]

State confirms UK variant of coronavirus has reached Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services and laboratory partners identified a UK variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in Wisconsin, according to a press release. The particular variant, referred to as B.1.1.7, was first discovered circulating widely in England during November and December of 2020. Based on epidemiologic and modeling studies, researchers believe that […]

Federal Lost Wages Assistance Available

MADISON – The Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program is now available to eligible state residents. LWA provides an additional $300 weekly unemployment benefit to individuals unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in August and September. The program was announced last month and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) started processing payments on Sept. […]

State Issues Emergency Healthcare Staffing Order

MADISON – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Health Service (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm issued an emergency order to help address healthcare staffing needs. The emergency order, which immediately takes effect, eases state licensing requirements for some healthcare workers. The state of Wisconsin confirmed 2,745 new coronavirus cases Friday on 13,595 tests. Those […]

Temporary food benefits available for families receiving free or reduced-price school meals

Families with a child or children who usually get free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program will receive temporary food benefits in place of the school meals that aren’t given because of COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures. These benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT.  The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) […]

VIDEO: Department of Health Services COVID-19 press briefing

State officials will discuss the covid-19 response in a live press briefing held at 1:30 p.m. May 8. Click here to see the live video. Governor Tony EversSecretary-designee Andrea Palm, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases   Ryan Nilsestuen, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor Arielle Tenor, BS, […]

Evers to order ban on non-essential travel, non-essential businesses to close

Governor Tony Evers announced plans Monday to limit all non-essential travel and close non-essential businesses in Wisconsin to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Starting Tuesday, Evers will order Wisconsin residents not to take any unnecessary trips and to limit travel to essential needs. Necessary trips include getting groceries, going to the doctor, […]

COVID-19: Supplies limited, hospitals ask for donations

COVID-19 preparations are underway at area hospitals, but needed supplies are hard to come by. Now, one Wisconsin hospital system is asking the community for donations. In a memo from the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), there is “an extremely limited supply” of personal protective equipment. Some hospital administrators told […]