2016 DHS News Releases

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July 28, 2016
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Interim Secretary Tom Engels today announced plans to offer Family Care and Include Respect, I Self-Direct (IRIS) programs statewide by the first quarter of 2018. Governor Scott Walker called for the statewide expansion in his 2015-2017 state...
July 27, 2016
State health and emergency management officials are confirming the state’s first summer heat-related death, which occurred the first week of July in Iron County. The agencies are encouraging residents to take high temperatures seriously, and to take steps to stay safe and healthy. Hot weather is...
July 19, 2016
State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” if you have to be outside or in non-air conditioned homes this week, and to check on older or isolated neighbors who may need assistance. Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-90s, with heat indexes...
July 18, 2016
MADISON - Replacement FoodShare benefits are available for those who lost food due to the severe weather in northern Wisconsin last week. Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency in eight Wisconsin counties including Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn...
July 15, 2016
MADISON – The Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging residents and crews to use extreme caution while assessing damage or removing debris after severe storms caused major flooding in northern Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker declared a State of Emergency this week after heavy rains caused...
July 6, 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) recently announced that the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), best known as nasal spray, or by the trade name Flu Mist, should not be used during the 2016-17 influenza season. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted...
July 1, 2016
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Interim Secretary Tom Engels announced the Family Care and IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) programs launched today, July 1, as scheduled in Rock County. The expansion of these programs to Rock County helps ensure more than 400 residents get the long-...

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