Oconto County Public Health Press Releases

DHS Investigating FoodShare Benefits Scam

March 14, 2023

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is investigating a scam that targets FoodShare members through fake text messages. DHS is alerting members to take steps now to protect their benefits. “It is alarming that scammers are going after public benefits like FoodShare that people rely on to feed themselves and their families,” said DHS…

DHS Monitoring Increase in Toxic Shock Syndrome Cases

February 7, 2023

State sees largest number of reported cases in over 10 years Since July 2022, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has received five reports of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), with four cases associated with super absorbency tampon use by teenage females. No deaths have been reported. TSS is a serious illness caused by bacteria…

DHS Announces Immunization Updates for Children in Child Care Centers and Schools

February 1, 2023

Updates follow federal recommendations and other states to protect communities against vaccine-preventable diseases The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has announced updates to the immunizations needed for children in child care centers and schools. The changes include updated requirements related to meningitis and whooping cough immunizations, and that past chickenpox infection must be documented by…

DHS Seeks Ideas for $8 Million in Opioid Settlement Funds

January 26, 2023

Survey results will help prioritize how to best address opioid use disorder The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is asking the public to share thoughts on how to use a second round of opioid settlement funds to provide guidance on where money should be spent to reduce harms associated with opioid use disorder. Approximately…

DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Test Their Homes for Radon

January 9, 2023

During National Radon Action Month, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging residents and business owners to test their homes and buildings for radon. Exposure to radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer nationally, and easy-to-use tests are widely available. “Radon is an environmental health issue in our state. Approximately one in 10 homes…

Oconto County Health Department Discounts Radon Tests

January 3, 2023

Health Department partners with local municipalities to offer $5 radon tests to help prevent lung cancer The Oconto County Health Department is lowering the price of radon tests to encourage Oconto County residents to test for radon gas in their homes. The easy to use tests will be for sale at the discounted price of…

DHS Confirms Pediatric Influenza-Associated Death in Wisconsin

December 21, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has confirmed the first pediatric influenza-associated death in Wisconsin for the 2022-2023 season. Nationwide, 30 pediatric influenza-associated deaths have been reported.  DHS encourages all Wisconsinites, especially children, to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Early data show this year’s flu vaccine is a match to current…

Nearly All Wisconsinites Age 6 Months and Older Now Eligible for Updated COVID-19 Vaccine

December 15, 2022

Nearly everyone age 6 months and older is now eligible for an updated COVID-19 vaccination, except for children 6 months through 4 years of age who have already completed the original (also known as monovalent) three-dose Pfizer primary series. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging Wisconsinites to get an updated (also known as…

DHS Reminds Wisconsinites: It is Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Vaccine

December 13, 2022

Data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) show influenza (flu) activity is increasing significantly throughout Wisconsin ahead of the December holiday season, mirroring trends being observed around the country. As of December 1, 2022, only 31% of Wisconsin residents have received their single-dose flu vaccine. DHS urges Wisconsinites to get vaccinated against the flu as soon…

DHS, OCI Urge Wisconsinites to Sign up for Health Care Coverage by December 15

December 8, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) today remind Wisconsinites they have one week left to enroll in a health plan available on the federal marketplace to receive coverage that begins the first of the year (January 1, 2023). Those who already have insurance through the federal…