Shimizu (WQOW)- To reduce the burden on medical staff, the Northwest Hospital system postponed the selection process and compared the Chippewa Valley with the original epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What you saw in the news in New York City and other places earlier this year and in the spring is now happening in Chippewa Valley,” said Jason Craig, the regional chairman.
On Friday afternoon, Mayo Clinic health system officials said that elective care has been temporarily postponed. Although they don’t have an exact end date, they hope it will be at least one month.
They listed routine routine physical examinations and colonoscopy procedures.
Richard Helmers, regional vice president of the Mayo Clinic Medical System, said that this decision will allow them to free up beds and medical service providers.
Craig added that they currently have more than 70 COVID-1
“Due to the serious condition of hospitalized COVID patients, they often require one-on-one care, which further increases our staff’s ability to care for more patients. In addition, those hospitalized COVID-19 patients have an average length of stay of our facility. The average length of hospital stay for COVID patients is two to three times.”
They also have 230 staff temporarily out of work because they are positive for COVID-19 or keep close contact with people infected with the virus.
Chief Nursing Officer Pam White said they have brought in additional workers from Rochester, Minnesota and Arizona to help solve Eau Claire’s work. These workers will assist the intensive care unit, progressive care unit (a step between the ICU and the conventional unit) and medical/surgical unit.
Mayo leaders continue to emphasize that if you are in an emergency, you should still seek care.
News18 also provided information about the selection process to the Sacred Heart Hospital and Marshfield Clinic medical systems. Marshfield officials said they are still conducting the selection process and assessing the situation daily.
HSHS Sacred Heart sent us the following statement:
“HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital are currently continuing to provide surgical procedures and are taking all necessary steps to ensure that patients are provided with the care they need in the safest way. We will continue to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic There are services in each of our communities and hospitals every day. We will adjust operations as needed to ensure that the health and safety of all our patients, providers and colleagues remains our top priority.”