Watch: Wisconsin DHS updates state on health care system support

MADISON (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services will update the state on how it plans to support an overloaded health care system in the face of the current COVID-19 surge.

In collaboration with hospitals and long-term care providers, DHS has worked with staffing agencies to recruit 567 nurses, nursing assistants, and other types of health care workers to support 72 health and residential care facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities across the state in since Oct. 19.

“It is essential that our hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living providers have the staff needed to provide critical care to folks across our state,” said Governor Tony Evers in a statement. “The good news today is that we have helped recruit nearly 600 temporary staff to provide critical care during the current COVID-19 surge. But I also want to be clear: our hospitals and health care systems are still under tremendous pressure, and they need every Wisconsinite to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. I urge every Wisconsinite to mask up and get the COVID-19 vaccine or your booster dose if you haven’t received it already.”

Two DHS officials — Tracy DeSalvo and Dr. Ryan Westergaard — are giving an update and taking media questions live at an event scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

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