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Wisconsin DHS reports first pediatric influenza-associated death of 2022-23 flu season

MADISON — Kenosha County has suffered its first mortality from pediatric influenza of the 2022-23 flu season. This was confirmed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Tuesday. To date, 30 pediatric influenza-associated deaths have been reported from across the nation, according to a press release. All Wisconsinites, especially children, are encouraged to get […]

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DHS urges flu vaccination now, Wisconsin among 43 states with high case levels

MADISON – With influenza (flu) cases on the rise in Wisconsin and nationally, the state Department of Health Services (DHS) urges residents to get their flu vaccinations right away. The most recent data compiled by the DHS shows that Wisconsin is among 43 states reporting high levels of flu activity. Influenza (flu) is spreading throughout […]


DHS: COVID-19 treatment drug Bebtelovimab no longer authorized

MADISON — Bebtelovimab, a monoclonal antibody treatment, formerly used to treat COVID-19, is no longer authorized in the United States. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is aware that Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 are increasing in prevalence across the Midwest. However, this drug is not expected to neutralize these variants. According to the CDC […]


Free, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests now available by mail for Wisconsinites

MADISON — Free, at-home rapid COVID-19 tests are now available to Wisconsin residents through the state-supported Say Yes! COVID Test program. All state households are eligible to place an order every month for one free test kit that contains five rapid antigen COVID-19 tests To order a test kit, visit the Say Yes! COVID Test […]

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Wisconsin DHS: Holiday season flu, COVID-19, RSV spread may be severe

MADISON — Citing nationwide high levels of respiratory viruses, including influenza (flu), COVID-19 and RSV, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) on Thursday urged all residents to get all recommended vaccines as we embark on the holiday season. The 2022-23 fall/winter season “has the potential to be severe, especially for young children and older […]

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Take steps to prevent childhood lead exposure during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

MADISON — National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is observed now through Oct. 29. During this week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) encourages all Wisconsinites to take steps to prevent and detect childhood lead exposure. Success in prevention and detection can be made by getting the facts, helping children get tested for lead exposure, […]

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Free Fentanyl test strips available now at 2 Racine, 2 Kenosha County locations

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) recently announced that 120,600 fentanyl test strips have been distributed to local organizations. Fentanyl test strips are available in Racine County at the following locations: City of Racine Public Health Department, 730 Washington Ave., Room 4, Racine, WI 53403Racine County Human Services Department, 1717 Taylor Ave., Racine, WI […]

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‘Tis the season: COVID, flu vaccines recommended for everyone age 5+

Racine County residents can deck the halls with peals of healthy laughter this holiday season by making sure anyone in their household over the age of five receives both the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. Vaccines can be stacked The flu, COVID, and other vaccinations can be given at the same time without outside side effects […]

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Chronic wasting disease testing offered to deer hunters by DNR for free

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is encouraging hunters to get their deer tested for chronic wasting disease before consuming venison. Hunting season is underway in Wisconsin. It is important for hunters to take precautions when harvesting deer. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Centers for Disease Control, and World Health Organization do not recommend […]

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Wisconsin launches ‘Say Yes! COVID Test’ website: free tests available for ordering

The Say Yes! COVID Test website has officially launched as of Sept. 1, 2022. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has created these resources for Wisconsinites. It allows Wisconsin residents to get free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests delivered directly to them. Say Yes! COVID Test program The website allows people to place an order […]

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Monkeypox vaccine offered by Racine Dept. of Public Health

RACINE – The City of Racine Department of Public Health has a limited amount of JYNNEOS Monkeypox Vaccine available for eligible city residents. Monkeypox is a potentially serious disease that is caused by the monkeypox virus, a virus from the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox vaccine requirements To be eligible for the monkeypox […]

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2022-2023 Vaccine requirements for Racine County students

Students will soon be back in the classroom. Before the bell rings for class to start, vaccine requirements need to be met by students. To help protect students, children, staff and community members from diseases that are preventable by immunization, vaccinations are recommended and encouraged. The City of Racine Public Health Department and the Racine […]

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DHS Urges COVID-19 vaccination for a healthy 2022-2023 school year

The 2022-2023 school year is approaching for Wisconsinites. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) urges parents and guardians to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19. If your child has received their COVID-19 vaccines, it is important they stay up to date with their booster vaccines. This is crucial, even for students who will be attending […]

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Wisconsin Behavioral Health Providers receive telehealth grants over $2.5 million from DHS, Evers

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) in conjunction with Governor Evers, has recently awarded more than $2.5 million dollars to 27 providers for community behavioral health services across the state of Wisconsin. This initiative is taking place in counties around the state including both Racine and Kenosha. The finances that have been awarded will […]

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