Bellin Health CEO: 'We do not have the beds if this becomes a runaway virus'

Posted at 10:29 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 11:29:21-04

BROWN COUNTY (WGBA) -- Health experts and county officials say they are low on resources as the coronavirus continues to spread.

"We do not have the staff, equipment or beds to meet the needs in the community," said Bellin CEO Chris Woleske.

The coronavirus continues to spread in Northeast Wisconsin. over 40 cases are now confirmed. None are in Brown County. However, experts say they anticipate more people getting the virus.

"Make no mistake, Northeast Wisconsin will see an increase in cases in the coming weeks," said Prevea CEO Dr. Ashok Rai. "It may increase dramatically."

They say the best way to fight this disease is limit contact with other people. At today's press conference, everyone stood several feet from each other. They are encouraging people to stay home.

"Stay home as much as possible," Woleske said. "Help stop the spread of the virus."

The say they are running low on nasal swabs used for testing. They hope to get more soon. But to help the entire issue, they say staying home and away from others is the best course of action.

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