The Wisconsin EAU CLAIRE (WEAU)-Mayo Clinic Medical System announced on Friday that it will cancel all elective procedures until at least November.
They are trying to free up hospital beds and medical staff to take care of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in northwest Wisconsin.
Richard Helmers, regional vice president of the Mayo Clinic Medical System in northwest Wisconsin, said: “There is no other way to say that we need your help. We are in Eau Claire and our surroundings The community is facing a grim reality. Our COVID 1
Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 need one-to-one care. Their hospital stay in the hospital is also two to three times longer than that of non-COVID patients.
In the spring when the virus first spreads, the biggest challenge the hospital faces is the lack of equipment and knowledge about the virus.
Now, what the hospital is most worried about is staffing.
“In July, some of our staff in northwest Wisconsin were experiencing a surge to the Mayo Clinic Arizona campus. Now we need their help,” Pam White, chief nursing officer of the Mayo Clinic Medical System in Eau Claire Say.
Next week, nurses from Rochester, Minnesota and Arizona will go to work at Mayo Hospital in Wisconsin.
Currently, 230 staff members of the Mayo Clinic health system in northwest Wisconsin are unable to work because they have been exposed to COVID-19.
Mayo said most of these cases were not caused by hospital work. The community is spreading the virus to their employees.
Jason Craig, the regional chair of the Mayo Clinic Medical System, said: “It’s time for everyone in Northwest Wisconsin to take this situation seriously. You saw it in the news earlier this year. Yes, it was in the spring, such as New York City, which is now happening in Chippewa Valley.”
Mayo, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and Marshfield Clinic medical systems have all initiated emergency plans to respond to COVID cases.
So far, Mayo is the only one who has delayed choosing care.
All three hospital systems want to remind the community that all hospitals are still dealing with emergencies.
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