Increase in COVID Patients Making Things Difficult for Racine First Responders | Local news

RACINE – One of the biggest challenges the Racine Fire Department has faced lately has been in the sharp rise in COVID-19 cases.

“We transport a number of COVID-positive cases every day,” said boss Steve Hansen on Monday in front of a city committee. “We see this continue to rise due to our low vaccination rate in the city.”

Just over half of Racine’s residents are vaccinated against COVID-19.

Across Wisconsin, 58.6% of residents finished their first series of vaccinations (two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) whether or not they received a booster dose. In Racine County, that percentage drops to 55.8%. In the city of Ratsching, the proportion falls further to 53.2%.

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Hansen also said the patients were not necessarily all seniors, but included adolescents aged 15 and 16 whose main problem was breathing difficulties associated with COVID exposures.

Ambulance workers on the coronavirus front have voiced fear of what lies ahead as they prepare for the toughest days of the pandemic. With increasing pressure on the hospital system, crews now often wait hours with patients in parked ambulances outside of the crowded emergency rooms until valuable beds become vacant. The PA news agency this week accompanied a crew of the Northern Irish Ambulance Service (NIAS) in shift work.

“What we’re seeing at Omicron is that the virus is getting more of the upper respiratory tract … cold symptoms and, anecdotally, more croup associated with it,” causes Dr. James Antoon, pediatrician at Monroe Carell Jr Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital told a Denver TV station that younger people have been experiencing more severe symptoms recently due to COVID-19.

Croup often causes breathing difficulties in young children, especially children under 5 years of age.

When young people get sick, “it will go on for a while,” said Hansen, “until we get the Omicron variant under control and also the Delta variant.”

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More people than ever test positive for COVID-19. From March 2020 through November 2021, there wasn’t a single day in Wisconsin that confirmed 8,000 positive tests. This has happened 11 times since December 1st; more than 10,000 positive tests were confirmed eight times in one day, of which more than 13,000 for the first time on Wednesday.

As a result, the hospitals are full like never before.

The Wisconsin Health Association reported Wednesday that 2,278 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized across the country. That’s 1,724 on January 1st, 1,406 on December 1st and 895 on October 30th.

There are currently about 25 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Wisconsin every day. Last summer the average was often closer to zero than one. The maximum number of seven-day average deaths per day was 54.

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There are more local medical emergencies every day, the RFD reported. These include an increase in calls for people who have other medical emergencies such as strokes, broken bones, trauma, cancer, and bleeding disorders in addition to breathing difficulties, or who are pulseless.

Hansen explained that these types of emergencies require more than two paramedics, along with calls that require life support measures in the intensive care unit, such as: B. Heart attacks.

“These have increased over time,” Hansen said, adding that there were 262 pulseless, non-breathing calls in 2021 with an additional 10,069 emergency medical calls covering almost everything else.

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Adam Rogan of The Journal Times contributed to this report.

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