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Aspirus addresses COVID-19 surge stressing health systems

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Aspirus addresses COVID-19 surge stressing health systems

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Hospitals and health systems across Central Wisconsin are struggling to help the high number of patients they're seeing with the latest COVID-19 surge.

Aspirus Health said across their health system which includes 17 hospitals, patient volumes across all of their care settings are high.

As of Friday: 

  • 135 COVID-positive patients were occupying 26 percent of Aspirus inpatient beds
  • The seven-day average of COVID-positive inpatients across Aspirus has risen to 131 from 103 on November 22
  • The weekly positivity rate among COVID-19 tests processed by Aspirus has also risen to above 22 percent

The high level of COVID-19 activity in the area is stressing the ability to care for non-COVID needs.

"So our emergency departments, all 17 of our emergency departments, plus our walk-ins and our urgent cares are open," Jeff Wicklander, Aspirus SVP and Aspirus Wausau Hospital President, said. "We will see every single patient. You may have to wait. There are delays, we are seeing a significant amount of patients in those areas, but feel confident that you will be seen and we will take care of your needs."

Aspirus said something that people can do to help local hospitals through the pandemic is to get vaccinated.

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