Wisconsin is just starting to see the coronavirus pandemic, according to the board chair Dr. John Raymond of the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. That is a consortium of six health care facilities in Milwaukee, including the Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedert, and Children’s Hospitals.
“Milwaukee has two cases which is new. We had none yesterday. The coronavirus pandemic appears to be in an exponential growth phase, which is predictable. We had eight patients in Wisconsin yesterday, and we have close to 20 now. So that should tell us we are in a phase where we have a rapid doubling of the patients,” said Dr. John Raymond.
Dr. Raymond said the area hospitals are working on getting as many resources as possible for patients because if there is a spike in patients they would be overwhelmed.
“If only a small percent of Wisconsinites are infected with COVID-19, let’s say 5-percent. We have 6 million people in Wisconsin that will be 300,000 that are infected. If 20-percent need hospitalization, which is about what we know from China and Italy, that is still going to vastly exceed the capacity of our hospital beds,” said Raymond. “We have 4 or 5 thousand open hospital beds and 30,000 or 70,000 patients at once. We need those beds. We aren’t going to be able to adequately deal with that. And that is what you are seeing play out in Italy.”