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Aspirus Feeling COVID Crunch

With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing across the region, the Aspirus Health Care System is feeling the pressure…

“We had about 30 patients, historically, throughout our system who had COVID, during the summer. Now, we are at about 130.”

At a briefing yesterday, Aspirus CEO Matt Heywood said that more than quarter of all the patients in their system right now are there because of the coronavirus…

“We anticipate, for the upcoming holidays, if we don’t all work hard together to manage how we behave and some of the things we do, we project that we have about 250 patients looking for in-patient beds at Aspirus alone.”

Heywood said they’ve prepared as best they can…

“…but, you can’t build more beds. Even if you could, you need staff.”

Some non-time sensitive procedures may be postponed until the latest crisis passes…

“…but, we’re not rescheduling procedures that are necessary for our patients, and we’ll be here for those occasional accidents and things that happen where patients need us, for heart attacks, strokes, et cetera.”

Officials continue to encourage masking, social distancing, handwashing and avoiding large gatherings as the best way to keep yourself and those around you safe, and keep the pressure off the hospital system, and those who provide care.

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