Hospitals on brink of a COVID ‘catastrophe,’ association calls for action from Evers, GOP leaders

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MADISON – Wisconsin’s hospitals are on the brink of a “catastrophe” if the state’s Democratic and Republican leaders don’t act swiftly and cooperatively, the state’s hospital association and a Democratic congressman separately warned on Thursday. In a letter sent Thursday to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic and Republican legislative leaders, Wisconsin Hospital Association President Eric Borgerding wrote the state needs more field hospitals to provide relief for overwhelmed facilities across Wisconsin.U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from rural Dane County, also held a news conference on Thursday urging the state’s leaders to do more — specifically around the issue of contact tracing, which he blamed the Evers administration for not hiring enough to prevent the surge happening now. So far, Evers and the GOP leaders, who run the Legislature, have been unable to come together in a productive way to act on the pandemic in Wisconsin — though a meeting, the first in roughly six months, is scheduled for Friday.”Wisconsin faces a public health crisis the likes of which we have not experienced in three generations,” Borgerding wrote. “A crisis of this magnitude caused by a virus that is so clearly raging across all of Wisconsin demands a …

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