Wausau, Wis. (WAOW) -- COVID-19 hospitalizations are spiking in the badger state, and health official say that it's bringing a new set of challenges to area hospitals.
The latest surge in the pandemic has led to 80 hospitalizations in the Marshfield Clinic System this week alone.
While officials say numbers are lower than last year, they say the degree of illness patients are experiencing is worse.
"What I will say is that these folks are sicker, and they're certainly younger," said Kate Maguire, Director of Infection Prevention at Marshfield Clinic, "That's what we're really seeing over a long period of time is that the intensity of illness is different, the severity of illness is different this time around."
Hospitals all over the country are maxed out on space, and they've been turning to the Marshfield system for help.
"We're getting calls from all over the country, as well as Canada," said Maguire.
She says that while they're not accepting patients from outside the Marshfield System, some patients are being transferred from one facility to another to provide patients with the best care they need.
The Marshfield Clinic System says it's working hard to care for every patient, and that you can do your part in stopping the spread by masking up and making good choices.