COVID Patients Filling Wisconsin Hospitals
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- COVID-19 patients are filling Wisconsin hospitals, forcing doctors to transfer patients to other facilities and build waiting lists as the disease surges across the state.
Hospitals in Green Bay, Wausau and the Fox Valley are being overwhelmed. Officials at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay say their facility is at 94% capacity.
Aspirus Healthcare President and CEO Matthew Heywood says the Wausau hospital has seen a 30% jump in COVID-19 patients between Monday and Tuesday. The hospital has developed a waiting list that runs from several hours to a full day.
Gov. Tony Evers is urging people throughout Wisconsin to "get on the same team" and take steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus, as cases continue to soar at the state's highest levels since the pandemic began.
Dr. Ryan Westergaard, Wisconsin's chief medical officer, said Tuesday that the state is in "crisis."
Wisconsin on Tuesday recorded its highest single-day increase in deaths from COVID-19 since May, the state's seven-day average in new cases was three times higher than a month ago and Wisconsin ranked third in new cases per capita over the past two weeks.
The number of people hospitalized, 640, is also an all-time high.