MADISON, Wisconsin – In an open letter to Wisconsin, several thousand UW Health faculty and staff signed a statement urging Wisconsins to “work with us to overcome the pandemic.”
In the letter, officials called the Wisconsin family, saying that “sometimes you have to have difficult conversations with your family” and “like many families facing a crisis, we can come together and take action to overcome this.”
The statement said staff saw many patients battling the virus in hospitals and heard of large unmasked gatherings that could “send even more people into our already very full COVID-19 units,” including plans for Thanksgiving day.
“Wisconsin is in a bad place right now, with no sign of improvement without action. We are simply out of time, “the statement said. “Without immediate change, our hospitals will be too full to treat everyone with the virus and those with other illnesses or injuries.”
The letter reminds people that coronavirus protocols will not need to be followed forever, but while we wait for a vaccine that will help restore some sense of normalcy, we must work to protect each other.
“Soon you or someone you love may need us, but we will not be able to provide the rescue care you need, whether for COVID-19, cancer, heart disease or other emergencies,” it said. in distribution. “As healthcare providers, we are terrified of it becoming a reality.”
The letter urges people to avoid gatherings, wear a mask and wash their hands often to protect themselves and the people around them.
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