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COVID-19 surge stretches Wisconsin hospitals to the limit

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Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 1:19 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- With COVID-19 surging in Wisconsin, health care leaders say their hospitals across the state are at or near capacity.

The seven-day average for new infections in Wisconsin is more than 3,500, which is the highest it’s been in a year.

The CEO of Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Eric Conley, puts it succinctly.

“We are full. Period.”

According to the Wisconsin Hospital Association COVID-19 dashboard, there were 1,630 people in the state hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Tuesday afternoon.

That’s an increase of 212 over the past week.

More than 400 of those patients are in intensive care units, which are in short supply.

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