Oconto County Public Health Press Releases

DHS Announces Opportunity to Order More Free COVID-19 Self-Tests

November 17, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging Wisconsinites to order free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests and have them delivered directly to their house through the state-supported Say Yes! COVID Test program. Starting today, all Wisconsin households are eligible to place an order every month for one free test kit that contains five rapid antigen COVID-19 tests on…

DHS Urges Wisconsinites to Protect Themselves Against Respiratory Viruses this Holiday Season

November 16, 2022

With respiratory viruses such as COVID-19, influenza, and RSV circulating at high levels nationwide, the 2022-2023 respiratory season has the potential to be severe, especially for young children and older adults. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued an alert to Wisconsin health care providers(link is external), and urges everyone to get all recommended…

State Health Department Introduces New Flu Vaccine Data Dashboard and Report on Vaccine Coverage in Wisconsin 

October 27, 2022

On October 20, 2022, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released its Influenza Vaccine Update and launched a new online flu vaccine data dashboard. Together, the report and data dashboard provide a look at previous and current flu vaccine rates statewide, and highlight communities and areas of the state more vulnerable to the seasonal flu. As of…

Wisconsin Receives Federal Approval to Implement Housing Benefits

October 27, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) received approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide housing support for low-income Wisconsin families in need. Those who are eligible include families with children 18 and younger and individuals who are pregnant who have low income (below 200% of the federal poverty level) and…

DHS Encourages All Wisconsinites to Take Steps to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure

October 25, 2022

During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 23-29), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is encouraging all Wisconsinites take steps to prevent and detect childhood lead exposure by getting the facts, helping children get tested for lead exposure, and checking homes for lead hazards. “During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we urge awareness and…

State Agencies Launch Real Talks Campaign to Prevent and Reduce Substance Use

October 20, 2022

In response to rising rates of substance use across Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers, the Department of Health Services (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have unveiled Real Talks Wisconsin, an effort to give residents the information they need to keep themselves, their families, and their communities healthy and safe. Real Talks Wisconsin promotes frequent conversations to…

FREE HARM REDUCTION KITS AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP FROM OCONTO COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH

October 17, 2022

Free drug harm reduction kits containing Narcan, fentanyl test strips and education on how to use these items will be available for pick up from Oconto County Public Health starting on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, Oconto County health officials announced today.  “Harm reduction is one piece of a comprehensive initiative to impact substance abuse and…

Free Fentanyl Test Strips Now Available Statewide

October 13, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today announced that 120,600 fentanyl test strips have been distributed to organizations across the state to help prevent drug overdose deaths. Drugs mixed with fentanyl are the leading cause of overdose deaths in Wisconsin. “Wisconsinites who use drugs are more likely to encounter fentanyl than ever before,” said DHS Secretary-designee Karen…

All Wisconsinites Age 5 and Older Now Eligible for Updated COVID-19 Boosters

October 13, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is urging Wisconsinites to get an updated COVID-19 booster vaccination and their annual flu shot ahead of the upcoming holiday season. People can safely get their COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines at the same time, including the annual flu vaccine. Everyone age 5 and older is now eligible…

Potential Data Disclosure May Have Affected Certain Wisconsin Medicaid Members

October 10, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced on October 7, 2022 that on August 8, 2022, as part of a cybersecurity incident investigation, DHS was notified that a presentation emailed to the DHS Children’s Long-Term Support Council in April 2021 contained protected health information. This presentation was forwarded to employees working for county government…