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Posted inCORONAVIRUSGovernment

State Experts Urge Residents to Mask Up, Vaccinate

MADISON – As the three-day Labor Day weekend is about to begin, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages Wisconsinites to celebrate safely and continue taking steps to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. As of this week, both Wisconsin and Racine County are seeing very high case activity, The 7-day statewide average of […]

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Masking, Vaccines Urged For State’s Schools

MADISON – Wearing masks while indoors, vaccines for eligible students and staff, and COVID-19 testing are among the strategies recommended for Wisconsin’s schools by the state Department of Health Services (DHS) and the state Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The newly launched Back to School for Parents and Families webpage includes additional information about routine vaccinations, access […]

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State DHS Supports Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Dosage

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced Wednesday that it supports the recommendation that some immunocompromised people are recommended and eligible to get an additional dose of Pfizer (ages 12 and up) or Moderna (ages 18 and up) COVID-19 vaccine. “Our nation’s leading medical experts have reviewed the available data and made […]

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Experts Say Youth Need To Rebuild Connections

MADISON – Wisconsin’s youth need to rebuild personal connections that were disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, say experts at the state Department of Health Services (DHS). The DHS Office of Children’s Mental Health on Tuesday released a fact sheet called “Rebuilding Peer Connections” that details what the state’s communities, schools, parents and policymakers can do […]

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Wisconsin Submits Plans to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that Wisconsin will receive nearly $50 million in additional funding from the federal government to address mental health and substance use needs. The funding—part of the American Rescue Plan Act signed into law in March—will add $24.6 million to mental health services and $22 million to substance use […]

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City of Racine Reinstates Mask Requirement Inside City Buildings

RACINE – The City of Racine on Wednesday, following new guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) related to COVID-19, reinstated a face mask requirement for city employees and the public inside City-owned buildings. The requirement, which takes effect Thursday (July 29), will mandate that face masks be worn: By City employees while […]

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State Uses Physicians In COVID Vaccine Campaign

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on Thursday announced the launch of “Our Doctors”, a statewide multimedia campaign to encourage Wisconsinites who may be hesitant about vaccines to start a conversation with their own family doctor about the COVID-19 vaccines. The messaging, seen on billboards, newspapers, TV, radio, and social media platforms […]

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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 […]