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Unvaccinated COVID Patients Straining Wisconsin Hospitals

Friday, December 3rd, 2021 -- 8:00 AM

(Bob Hague, WRN) COVID-19 patients, largely unvaccinated, are straining Wisconsin hospitals.

Dr. Ashok Rai, president and CEO of Prevea Health said, “The majority of what’s overwhelming us right now . . . of the intubated patients, the ICU patients are the unvaccinated. We know statistically speaking that they’re going to be sicker, despite the therapeutics that we have available to us today. They are the ones that are using not only the highest amount of resources, but staying the longest.”

Health Services Secretary designee Karen Timberlake said, “On average, people who are unvaccinated are nine times more likely to be hospitalized than are people who have been vaccinated. And I believe the latest data is that people who are unvaccinated are dying at a rate that is eleven times greater than people who have been vaccinated.”

Ninety-seven percent of intensive care beds in the state are being used currently, and there are no ICU beds available in some parts of Wisconsin.

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