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Regency Mall COVID-19 Clinic To Reduce Hours

RACINE – Community-based COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Racine and five other locations around Wisconsin will begin reducing hours of operation starting next Monday (June 14), the state Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Friday. The Racine community-based clinic is located in the former Burlington Coat Factory space in Regency Mall, 5538 Durand Ave. Other DHS-run […]

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More Fruits and Vegetables for WIC Participants

Wisconsin families participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will be able to purchase more fruits and vegetables between June 1 and September 30, 2021, the Department of Health Services announced today. The federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will fund the temporary increase in monthly WIC benefits to help make […]

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Appointments No Longer Needed at Regency Mall COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic; County Still at ‘High’ Risk

RACINE – Advance appointments are now a thing of the past for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Regency Mall, 5538 Durand Ave. The clinic, located in the former Burlington Coat Factory space, began offering walk-up vaccinations to anyone age 16 or older on Tuesday. The free clinic is open […]

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Medical examiner alerts community after 2 suspected overdose deaths within the past week

Kenosha County Medical Examiner Patrice Hall reminds the community of the dangers of drug use following a pair of suspected overdose deaths last weekend. These cases, both involving adults in the City of Kenosha, came just weeks after the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department reported responding to six nonfatal overdose cases in a six-day period. There […]

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Public Comment period for 2021 Wisconsin Medicaid Managed Care Quality Strategy

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is opening a 30-day public comment period to draft the 2021 Wisconsin Medicaid Managed Care Quality Strategy. DHS invites you to submit your feedback by May 21, 2021. The Quality Strategy describes DHS’ strategies for the assessment and quality improvement of managed care services offered to Medicaid members. […]

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine paused; County’s COVID case rate still high

RACINE COUNTY – Racine County’s rate of COVID-19 virus transmission remained in the “high” category; county officials reported this week. Meanwhile, the CDC has paused the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Also, Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are still available this week at many public clinics. In its weekly update, county officials […]

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Wisconsin reports P.1 variant case, additional case of variant B.1.351

WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported its first case of P.1. variant strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Health officials refer to the strain as P.1. Casas of two other strains — B.1.1.7 and B.1.35.1 — have also been confirmed. State officials noted that the variants happen through mutations, which […]

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Report: Pandemic Accelerated Health Care Workforce Challenges

MADISON – The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated Wisconsin health care workforce trends and served as a testing ground for how the state’s hospitals could better deliver health care, according to a new Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) report released Wednesday. The WHA’s 2020 Health Care Workforce report included a detailed analysis of the pipeline of workers in […]

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State relaxes FoodShare eligibility for higher education students

Wisconsin officials intend to make the trip to the grocery store a little easier for higher education students, according to a ​Wisconsin Department of Health Services​ press release. The department is relaxing eligibility for the federal-funded ​FoodShare​ program – to include students enrolled at least half-time in a college, university, business, trade, technical or vocational […]