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  • Dose of Reality: Opioids in Wisconsin

    … Use safely Opioids can harm you. There are steps that can be taken to reduce the harms you or someone you love may experience when using opioids.  Get harm reduction tips   Get rid of unused … experience an overdose at any time. When a person survives an opioid overdose, it’s because someone knew what was happening and how to take action.    Learn the steps to save a life Get … use disorder is a medical condition that can affect anyone who uses opioids. Wherever you or someone you care about may be in a struggle with opioids, there are people ready to help. In …
    • Updated on March 17, 2023.
  • Crisis Services: 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

    … , the person receives a required emergency law enforcement and medical response.   If you or someone you know is in imminent danger, call 911, not 988.   The video below explains what … mental health, or substance use crisis. You can also contact 988 if you're concerned about someone. 988 is confidential and free to all Wisconsin residents. 988, 24/7 call, text, chat. … page or Twitter feed. Use the text above the image to complete the post. Facebook If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat 988 connects you …
    • Updated on March 04, 2023.
  • Hepatitis A Virus Infection

    … Hepatitis A is found in the poop of people who have the virus. Hepatitis A can be spread when: Someone with hepatitis A uses the bathroom, does not wash their hands properly, and then touches … caregiver does not properly wash their hands after changing diapers or cleaning up the poop of someone with hepatitis A. Someone uses drugs. Food or water has the hepatitis A virus. This most often happens in countries …
    • Updated on December 19, 2022.
  • Suicide Prevention

    … the risk factors for suicide? Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that someone will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. They can't cause or predict a suicide attempt, … Lines: Use this directory Life-Threatening Emergency 911 What can I do right now to help someone in emotional pain? Follow these five steps to help someone thinking about suicide. Ask: Asking the question “Are you thinking about suicide?” …
    • Updated on February 15, 2023.
  • COVID-19: Contact Tracing

    … Once someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is essential that the people they had close contact with … helping Wisconsinites follow isolation and quarantine guidance. How contact tracing works If someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, that person's name is provided to the local or tribal health … health department or from the DHS Contact Tracing Team, this means you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The text will inform you that you’ve been exposed, …
    • Updated on July 26, 2022.
  • Group A Streptococcal Infections

    … the brain or muscles. Group A Strep 101  How it spreads Group A strep bacteria can spread when someone has direct contact with the respiratory droplets of an infected person. Someone can also become infected if they have contact with infected wounds or sores. A person who … even if they do not feel sick. However, they are less likely to spread the bacteria than someone who has an active infection.  Signs and symptoms Group A strep infection can cause many …
    • Updated on January 03, 2023.
  • HIV: Partner Services

    … partners with you. You try to let your partners know and we contact any you couldn’t reach. Someone other than a staff member (like your doctor) lets your partners know. How can I use the … with HIV and want help letting your partners know—or you’re a provider who wants to refer someone to the program—call 608-266-3031. …
    • Updated on July 20, 2022.
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake’s Statement on CDC Recommendations to Shorten Isolation and Quarantine Periods

    … mask to minimize the risk of infecting others. If you are a person who has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are unvaccinated, or are more than six … should wear a well-fitting mask when around other people for 10 days. Following an exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, should …
    • Updated on December 28, 2021.
  • BadgerCare Plus: Prenatal Plan Resources

    … BadgerCare Plus Application Packet, F-10182 (paper form) Contact your agency I want to appoint someone to apply for me . Visit the Getting Help from Others with Your Eligibility and/or … Plan . View the ForwardHealth Enrollment and Benefits Handbook, P-00079 . I need to let someone see information about my eligibility . Use the Release of Confidential Information …
    • Updated on May 18, 2022.
  • MRSA Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: Frequently Asked Questions

    … MRSA to them is small. It is possible to spread MRSA by touching your nose and then touching someone else. Washing your hands with soap and water or alcohol gel after touching your nose and … I was told to clean high-touch areas of my home routinely. How often is "routinely"? If someone in your household has a MRSA infection with wound drainage that cannot be contained with … dry bandage or dressing. What should I do with used bandages, dressings, or tissues from someone who has a MRSA infection? Waste items may be thrown into the regular trash. If these …
    • Updated on March 14, 2023.
  • Head Lice

    … an infested person, or contact with objects used by an infested person that have lice on them. Someone with a head lice infestation can spread lice to others as long as lice are alive on the … one week if they are not kept at the same temperature as the scalp. Head-to-head contact with someone who has head lice is the most common way someone becomes infested with head lice. This type of contact is common with children during play …
    • Updated on September 02, 2021.
  • Adult Protective Services: Report Alleged Abuse

    … of Wisconsin, contact the National Adult Protective Services Association .   If you believe someone you know is being abused, neglected, or financially exploited, you can get help. Call … county’s elder abuse or agency with questions. Learn how abuse is defined What happens when someone makes a report? Our ability to protect vulnerable adults is better than ever. Each …
    • Updated on October 17, 2022.
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake’s Statement on CDC’s New Indicators to Monitor COVID-19 Community Risk Levels

    … when a particular community is experiencing “high” COVID-19 Community Levels , unless you or someone you live with is at high risk for severe disease. With this new guidance, universal … others and get tested for COVID-19 if they are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. We urge all Wisconsinites to continue using a combination of COVID-19 …
    • Updated on March 02, 2022.
  • Giardia

    … by: Swallowing unsafe food or water contaminated with Giardia germs Having close contact with someone who has giardiasis, particularly in childcare settings Traveling within areas that have poor sanitation Exposure to poop through sexual contact from someone who is sick or recently sick with Giardia Transferring Giardia germs picked up from … germs spread easily from one person to another; just a small amount of Giardia germs can make someone sick. Because the Giardia germs are in stool (poop), anything that gets contaminated by …
    • Updated on September 20, 2021.
  • Adult Protective Services

    … you better understand adult protective services and adults at risk . Who should I contact? If someone is in immediate, life-threatening danger, call the police or 911 right away. Wisconsin … You can also give your name and address, but that is not required either. What happens when someone makes a report? After you contact your county agency or elder agency, a caseworker will …
    • Updated on March 14, 2023.
  • OBVI: Adjustment to Vision Loss: Information, Skills, and Resources

    … Do's and Don'ts When Interacting with a Person who is Blind Sighted Guide Techniques Why Would Someone Need a White Cane? …
    • Updated on August 03, 2022.
  • OBVI: October 15 is White Cane Safety Day

    … Cane Safety Day information White Cane general information Council on Blindness Why Would Someone Need a White Cane? If you have a question that isn't answered here, please email the …
    • Updated on November 01, 2021.
  • Dementia Care Specialist Program: Replication Resources

    … families navigate the challenges posed to those living with dementia or providing care for someone. Additional information and resources will be added as it is published. Resources Aging …
    • Updated on February 23, 2022.
  • Adenovirus

    … There are a number of ways you can get an adenovirus: Breathing in adenovirus from the air: Someone with the virus coughs or sneezes and the virus gets into the air. It is then breathed in by someone around them. Having direct contact with someone who has an adenovirus: Touching or shaking hands with someone who has the virus on their …
    • Updated on November 02, 2022.
  • STD: Information for the General Public

    … Partner Therapy (EPT) If you had sex before you knew you had an STD, you may have given it to someone else. If you test positive for an STD, your partners should be treated as soon as … DPH and local health departments to follow-up on STDs which are reportable. This means someone may contact you about your recent STD infection. Who can receive Partner Services? Anyone … I get more information about Partner Services? If you have an STD, or have been contacted by someone and told that you may have an STD, you can contact a Partner Services provider on this …
    • Updated on February 13, 2023.
Last revised March 26, 2023