The news of Van Dijk's departure, announced Friday by Gov. Tony Evers, marks the latest change in leadership at DHS as the state navigates the pandemic and ongoing vaccination efforts.
Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday that Wisconsin is experiencing a “concerning steady increase” in COVID-19 cases.
There were 792 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday, and the seven-day daily average was 478, up from 239 last week and 69 a month ago.
When vaccine eligibility categories began opening incrementally last winter and spring, facilities were scrambling to meet demand for shots, with patients calling in droves to inquire about their turn for a dose.
As DHS leaves decisions about masks and distancing to school districts, local officials are in a position to hear complaints no matter what decision they make.
Forty-nine percent of Wisconsinites have received at least one does of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, according to data collected by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Out of school during her lunch break, Lydia Taft said she was excited to be one of the first preteens in Wisconsin to be vaccinated.
Officials say the gap between vaccine supply and demand is closing.
Three deaths and 70 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 were recorded on Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
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Health officials hope the vaccine will be back in use in "a matter of days" after investigators assess the situation.
A variant from California has become a key factor in the increase in cases.
A key factor in moving up the date for universal eligibility is the increasing availability of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The state is gearing up for increasing vaccine supplies.
A renewed emphasis the state has placed on making sure its COVID-19 case counts are more accurate has resulted in swings in previously reported numbers, health officials said Wednesday.
State expects between 200,000 and 250,000 doses a week sometime in April, between 400,000 and 500,000 doses by the end of May.
Federal projections for vaccine production to speed up vaccine effort.
The Johnson & Johnson allotment will be enough for about one-third of the state's educators.
The news comes as the county's largest school district, Madison's, is set to bring back some elementary schoolers next month.
The clinics will be in La Crosse, Marathon and Racine counties, with another split between Barron and Douglas counties.
State officials say about 47% of the 700,000 Wisconsinites who are 65 and older have received at least one shot of the two-shot series, and vaccinations are nearly complete at the state’s nursing homes.
As of Thursday, 646,649 Wisconsin residents, or 11% of the population, have received at least one shot in the two months since the vaccination effort began. The percentage of residents fully vaccinated is 3.4%.