As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Gundersen Moundview Hospital and Clinics remains prepared to handle an influx of patients.
Since the onset of the pandemic, Gundersen Moundview implemented screening and testing procedures, visitor restrictions, increased cleaning measures, established a COVID-19 patient hospital wing and secured sufficient supplies and equipment to protect patients, visitors and staff, said Administrator Frank Perez-Guerra.
Patients impacted by COVID-19 have received care at Gundersen Moundview, while care remains available at other Gundersen Health System locations if needed, said Judy Nowicki, director of Quality and Infection Control at Gundersen Moundview.
Still, the nation's healthcare systems could be overwhelmed if we don't work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 and influenza.
"I know people are tired of hearing it, but please wear a mask, stay six feet apart, wash your hands, limit interactions with those outside your household and get your flu shot," Nowicki said. "It goes beyond protecting yourself and your family. You are protecting those who are more vulnerable, such as the elderly and people with chronic conditions. And you are helping healthcare workers who are caring for your friends, family and neighbors."
As COVID-19 cases rise, it increases the likelihood that local healthcare workers could be exposed, Perez-Guerra said. If staff are sick or must quarantine, this impacts our ability to sufficiently staff our hospital, ER and clinics.
"Gundersen Health System is working to meet the needs of our communities and others," Perez-Guerra said. "We continue to provide safe care for our patients. I encourage everyone to seek care when you need it. Don't delay your annual screenings or critical health needs."
Gundersen Moundview is working with local and state public health officials in the COVID-19 response, which includes making plans for a vaccine distribution.
"We don't know when the vaccine will be available, but when it is, it will likely go to high-risk populations and healthcare workers first," Perez-Guerra said. "It will not be widely available to everyone for some time. We all need to work together to slow the spread of the virus."
Gundersen Moundview reminds everyone that it is especially important to get your flu shot this year.
To make a flu shot appointment, call Gundersen Moundview's Friendship Clinic at (608) 339-6350 or the Westfield Clinic at (608) 296-6350.
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