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Given the increasing number of people with Covid-19 being admitted to hospitals, several states are reviewing their bed supplies.
On Wednesday, a medical overflow facility at Wisconsin State Fair Park in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis received its first patient.
“We are grateful that Wisconsinites and our hospitals have this facility available, but we are also sorry that Wisconsin is here today,” said Governor Tony Evers. “Folks, please stay home. Help us protect our communities from this highly contagious virus and prevent further strain on our hospitals.”
The facility will accept patients who meet certain criteria and doctors and nurses will be able to treat remdesivir and oxygen, the governor said.
The seven-day average for the number of people in the hospital rose from 749 two weeks ago to 1,098 on Tuesday, according to the state health department.
Wisconsin is not alone in growing numbers. In the past two weeks, hospital admissions in 42 states have increased by more than 5%, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Ten states had the highest numbers of Covid-19 hospital stays on Tuesday: Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Indiana governor Eric Holcomb said Wednesday that hospital stays in his state are increasing and still disproportionately affect the elderly and those in long-term care facilities.
He said the state will use National Guard troops to work with staff at these facilities to help them screen staff, for example, and run tests “so that facility staff can properly focus on what they are doing best, and that takes care of the residents directly. “
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