Staying home to avoid coronavirus has had effects on many businesses, including health care.
Gundersen Health System of La Crosse says more than a fourth of its nearly 8,000 employees are working reduced hours or are temporarily furloughed, because patients have been asked to avoid non-emergency health care for now.
Doctors at Gundersen have postponed elective surgeries, and that apparently has contributed to a 40 to 80 per cent decrease in business this year.
At Gundersen, infection control specialist Bridget Pfaff says social distancing seems to be working in reducing COVID cases in the area.
Pfaff disputes arguments that the virus should be allowed to spread, so more people can become immune to it.
“Even in areas like New York City, where they’re estimating right now maybe 14 per cent of people have been exposed and have anti-bodies,”
More people are protesting in Madison on Friday, against an extension of stay-at-home orders in Wisconsin.
Pfaff says the process of re-opening businesses may have to be gradual, such as having fewer tables or customers in restaurants than usual.