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UW Health latest to plead that Wisconsin change its ways to help slow COVID

Rick Solem

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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020 file photo, a technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

It may sound like a broken record, but it will continue to play until something is done. Health care workers continues to plead with citizens to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

This time, UW Health issued an open letter Sunday, asking Wisconsin residents to take the COVID-19 pandemic seriously so hospitals do not get overwhelmed, which will lead to soaring deaths.

“Inside our hospitals, we have patients gasping for breath, needing a ventilator to survive and too often dying,” the letter says, in part. “Many of them were walking around healthy just days before. Some tell us they didn’t think COVID-19 was serious. Others say they just wanted to live their lives and get back to normal.

Saturday, Wisconsin went over 3,000 COVID-19 deaths. It took less than 30 days to see the final 1,000 of those deaths.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation projected in a model that Wisconsin could reach 4,000 deaths in early December and 5,000 deaths before Christmas.

The letter, which is signed by over 3,100, continues that the situation is worsening in the state and citizens need to change their actions, including Thanksgiving gatherings.

“Wisconsin is in a bad place right now with no sign of things getting better without action. We are, quite simply, out of time. Without immediate change, our hospitals will be too full to treat all of those with the virus and those with other illnesses or injuries.”

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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