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Wisconsin plans to open a facility at State Fair Park in West Allis to treat COVID-19 patients overflowing from hospitals, Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday.
The facility will open as early as next week. It is not a hospital, and it will not accept walk-ins, Evers’ office said. The facility will coordinate with health systems to admit patients who need oxygen or other care to speed their recovery — but not those who are seriously ill and in need of hospital-level care.
“We hoped this day wouldn’t come, but unfortunately, Wisconsin is in a much different, more dire place today and our healthcare systems are beginning to become overwhelmed by the surge of COVID-19 cases,” Evers said in a statement. “This alternative care facility will take some of the pressure off our healthcare facilities while expanding the continuum of care for folks who have COVID-19.”
The announcement came as statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations surged to 873 on Wednesday, more than triple the levels from a month ago. As the virus continues to spread, Wisconsin hospitals are also seeing critical staffing shortages – largely due to infections or exposures among staff members, Evers’ office said.
David Wahlberg has the full story for the Wisconsin State Journal.
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