Coronavirus Surge Starting to Stress Wis. Hospitals

October 9, 2020

Wisconsin’s governor has issued an emergency order bring in out-of-state health care workers to help hospitals stresses by a surge of coronavirus cases, according to an article on the WISN website.

The order provides for temporary interstate license reciprocity for healthcare providers to work in Wisconsin facilities, extends licenses that may expire during the federal emergency declaration for 30 days after its conclusion and makes it easier for healthcare providers with a recently lapsed license to apply for reinstatement.

At the rate this virus is spreading in Wisconsin, health officials said  it could be a matter of a few weeks, before hospitals are stretched thin.

"Our situation here in southeast Wisconsin is currently not as problematic. Our ICUs are more than 85 percent full, but the hospitals in this region have larger staffs and many more beds," Medical College of Wisconsin President and CEO Dr. John Raymond said in the article.

Some Wisconsin hospitals are wait-listing patients, or sending them to other facilities, according to an article on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel website.

The cities of Green Bay, Wausau and the Fox Valley are particularly hard hit. Bellin Hospital in Green Bay was at 94 percent capacity last week.  

Read the full WISN article.



See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Infection Control

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Scrutiny Mounts on HVAC-COVID-19 Connection

Former OSHA head says employers not taking adequate measures to address real COVID-19 risks in workplaces


Big Data Collaborative Raises Patient Privacy Concerns

U.S. healthcare providers plan to share de-identified data on tens of millions of patients


Active Shooters: Strategies and Tactics for Safety

Managers must incorporate all satellite offices and related facilities in risk assessments


Earthquakes, COVID-19 Affect Medical Center Design

To meet California’s seismic standards by 2030, UC Davis Health System to undertake $3.75 billion project


Cyber Attacks: A Closer Look at Tactics and Strategies

Attackers are obtaining stolen credentials and leaked database files from specialized sources in cybercrime underground


Post Comment


News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.