COVID-19 hospitalizations rise at Gundersen

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LA CROSSE, Wisc. (WLAX/WEUX) – Gundersen Health System announced today its capacity is being stressed due to COVID-19 hospitalizations.

It’s COVID unit currently has 25 to 30 beds occupied, a number it hasn’t reached since last December. Earlier this summer the health system was at an all-time low seeing anywhere from zero to five hospitalized patients. Health officials say it’s a ripple effect. More patients hospitalized due to COVID impacts others seeking healthcare.

Gundersen Infection Preventionist, Megan Meller said, “We are experiencing a staffing shortage just like healthcare systems across the country. When you have COVID-19 patients you really have to not segregate staff but have dedicated staff for those patients and dedicated beds. If you have to move nursing staff around or even providers around, that takes them away from being able to care for other patients that they might normally be caring for. This is something we’re having to evaluate on a daily basis.

Last week Gundersen administered 11 hundred vaccine doses, the most provided in a week since early June. Infection preventionists continue to ask community members to get vaccinated especially with college kids returning to the coulee region.

Details of COVID Vaccination statistics:

Wisconsin starts the work week with 51.3% of the total population now fully-vaccinated for COVID-19. This includes nearly 62% of people ages 18 and up.

Eau Claire County’s inoculation percentage is 52.6%.

Chippewa County is at 47.2%.

The fully-vaccinated figure is 57.3% for La Crosse County.

And 41% of people in Dunn County are now inoculated for COVID-19.

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