Governor Jim Doyle Announces a State Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin

I will revisit this post with any video of Doyle or state public health officials today or updates.

State of Wisconsin with major cities (Courtesy: DNR)

State of Wisconsin with major cities (Courtesy: DNR)

I’m watching Jim Doyle’s press conference a little after 4 p.m. He has signed an executive order declaring a state public health emergency in Wisconsin. Two more Wisconsinites have been stricken with “probable” swine flu, making the total of five. They are from Sheboygan and Ozaukee (Mequon, Port Washington) Counties; however, none of the five have been confirmed cases of swine flu. Three of the five are known to have traveling where the H1N1 virus was developing. Doyle was flanked by Wisconsin Health Officer Seth Foldy and Health Services Director Karen Timberlake. They aren’t going to take any chances though:

In all, [Health Services] has submitted 228 suspected cases for testing. Forty-one are pending, and 182 have been found negative. No cases have been confirmed in Wisconsin.

The CDC on Thursday reported 109 confirmed cases elsewhere in the U.S.

This is the crux of Governor Doyle’s declaration:

– Designates the Department of Health Services as the lead agency to respond to the public health emergency; and

– Directs the Department of Health Services to take all necessary and appropriate measures to prevent and respond to incidences of Swine Influenza A in the state; and

– Directs the Department of Health Services to access and distribute the state and federal antiviral stockpiles in response to the public health emergency as the State Health Officer determines is advisable; and

Directs the Department of Health Services, as part of the antiviral response, to take any measure it deems necessary and appropriate to make an antiviral available to persons within the State, regardless of insurance or other health coverage, as needed to respond to the public health emergency; and

– Suspends the provisions of any administrative rule, if the Department of Health Services determines that compliance with that rule would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary actions to respond to the emergency and increase the health threat; and

Authorizes the Adjutant General to utilize Wisconsin National Guard Direct personnel and resources as necessary and appropriate to assist in the State’s response to the public health emergency; and

– Direct all state agencies of the State of Wisconsin to assist as appropriate in this ongoing response.

For the latest information about the swine flu, including the latest situation reports and updates on flu cases in Wisconsin, go to: http://pandemic.wisconsin.gov/.

~ by blksista on April 30, 2009.

2 Responses to “Governor Jim Doyle Announces a State Public Health Emergency in Wisconsin”

  1. Hi, this is a colaboration info health public, i read and consult the
    “Committee on Implementation of Antiviral Medication Strategies for an Influenza Pandemic, Institute of Medicine”,this is a medical textbook that provides a comprehensive overview of epidemic and pandemic influenza (download PDF).
    http://mediccall.blogspot.com/2009/06/antivirals-for-pandemic-influenza.html

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