A distinguished Milwaukee physician, John Raymond, mentioned there’s “very preliminary proof” that the newest surge in COVID-19 circumstances is flattening or decelerating in Wisconsin. Nonetheless, he mentioned the demise toll is prone to hold rising for some time. He added that state hospitals are practically at capability with a wide range of sufferers.
Dr. John Raymond is President and CEO of the Medical Faculty of Wisconsin. He spoke on Monday to the Larger Milwaukee Committee.
Raymond mentioned that in some states, the COVID-19 pandemic is getting worse.
And in Wisconsin, he mentioned, folks hold dying.
“Deaths proceed to rise and doubtless will proceed to rise for the subsequent a number of weeks. I do need to emphasize the burden of COVID-19 illness stays very excessive in Wisconsin,” Raymond mentioned.
Fifty-six counties in Wisconsin, together with Milwaukee, are rated as having a “very excessive” illness burden. The opposite 16 counties are listed as “excessive.”
Moreover, Raymond mentioned Wisconsin hospitals are nearing capability, regardless that some improve in sufferers is because of non-COVID-19 circumstances.
“We’re seeing a return of medical volumes again to pre-pandemic ranges. There’s a pent-up demand for deferred and delayed care in surgical procedures that’s being met proper now,” Raymond mentioned. “What meaning, although, is we’re actually perilously near reaching capability in our healthcare system. So, all the pieces we are able to do to attenuate the burden on our healthcare suppliers and healthcare techniques is sweet, and that would come with getting flu photographs in the event that they develop into out there right here.”
What may also be useful, he mentioned, can be if extra folks get vaccinated towards COVID-19. Raymond mentioned Wisconsin is now not outshining different states.
“We’re now twenty seventh in vaccinations – both as measured by one dose or finishing the course,” Raymond mentioned. “Recall that in January, February, March, we had been truly main the nation, and we had been within the high 5 by way of accomplished doses. So, we’ve some work to do right here.”
Nonetheless, Raymond mentioned there could possibly be some excellent news if the variety of new circumstances continues to stagnate or drop a bit of. In line with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the seven-day common of COVID-19 circumstances dropped beneath 1,500 per day for the primary time in a number of days. The query is whether or not it is a results of a weekend lag in reporting new circumstances.
Raymond mentioned the numbers bear shut watching all week.
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