Surge in COVID-19 cases overwhelms WI hospitals

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Wisconsin hospitals are becoming overwhelmed as cases continue to surge in the state.

Health officials said Tuesday that there are statewide shortages of hospital staff and contact tracers.

State data shows that out of the 10,922 total hospital beds, 84% are already in use.

ICU beds are also reaching capacity, with 87% in use.

While there are 1,793 beds immediately available it’s expected that they will quickly fill up.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said it’s time to face the reality of what’s happening.

“There is no way to sugarcoat it, we are facing an urgent crisis and there is an imminent risk to you and your family members, your friends, your neighbors, and the people you care about,” Evers said.

The state’s seven-day average of new cases has increased by more than 400%.

On Monday the DHS said it took seven months for cases to reach 100,000 and only 36 days to hit 200,000.

Evers is calling for Wisconsin residents to voluntarily shelter in place after the number of infections and deaths hit a new daily record Tuesday.