UW Well being staff face fourth COVID surge, fear issues may worsen


MADISON (WKOW) — This Labor Day was something however a vacation for well being care staff battling the Delta variant at UW Hospital, and docs say they worry after a busy weekend, issues may worsen.

Hillary Krieger is a nurse at UW Well being and treats COVID-19 sufferers each day — most days for 12 hours or extra.

“It is exhausting, it truly is,” Krieger stated. “When all is alleged and completed, I go away my home at 6:30 within the morning and do not get again till 8:30 at evening.”

Krieger stated the toughest half is figuring out that sufferers are alone, and nurses are the one ones to consolation them.

“Sufferers haven’t got relations go to, we’re the one those who go in,” Krieger stated. “We see folks very, very annoyed. We see folks very, very sick.”

At UW Well being, there are almost 4 instances as many COVID sufferers as there have been on Independence Day. Throughout Wisconsin, there are 10 instances extra hospitalized folks.

Dr. Muhammad S. Munir works in the identical unit as Krieger and stated he is apprehensive that after a busy Labor Day weekend full of journey, soccer and festivals, issues may worsen.

A COVID unit at UW Well being in Madison (Photograph: Ward Jolles, WKOW)

“It worries me primarily due to this that when folks will likely be touring, their publicity after all goes to be excessive,” Munir stated. “They are going to be going from place to put, residing at accommodations, having layovers in crowded eating places. The probabilities of choosing up an an infection whereas touring round is manner increased.”

Docs stated the brand new COVID surge this fall is like déjà vu. Like final fall, COVID circumstances and hospitalizations are climbing and extra individuals are dying.

Nevertheless this time, docs are extra assured.

“The excellent news is, we had type of completed this earlier than,” UW Well being Chief High quality Officer Jeff Pothof stated. “We had plans in place. We knew what we would have liked to do.”

Pothof stated he is undecided what the following few weeks will appear to be, however workers are ready for something.

“We [realize] that we’ve again to high school, we have the Labor Day vacation, and [we’re] nonetheless planning and making ready for what could be our subsequent step, if we begin to see these circumstances rise once more.”

Nurses like Krieger say all they’ll do is hope issues will get higher once more.

“Now that [COVID] is again, it is laborious for folks,” Krieger stated. “We’re simply doing actually good affected person care and taking good care of folks one of the best we will and type of simply hoping that folks get vaccinated and the numbers go down like they did final time.”

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