Today, health care leaders from across Wisconsin released the following statement after Wisconsin crossed 150,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases:

“Today’s milestone is heartbreaking and frustrating for the families and communities across our state hurt by this pandemic. Nine months into this crisis, with our hospitals and ICUs nearing capacity and many health care workers reusing scarce PPE, President Trump and the Wisconsin GOP still have no plan for how to get this virus under control. It didn’t have to be this bad. And as complications from COVID-19 like lung-scarring and heart damage threaten to become the next deniable pre-existing condition, President Trump is in court trying to strip protections from the other 2.4 million Wisconsinites already living with pre-existing conditions, and the GOP-led state legislature has not met since April 15th.

“As health care professionals, we are deeply worried about the trajectory of this pandemic, the misleading messages coming from the White House, and the inaction from many of our elected state leaders. Wisconsin needs a President who will follow the science and contain this virus, and a legislature that shares his vision and will protect our state. Joe Biden will be the leader we need. Biden has a comprehensive plan to beat this pandemic, ensure that health care is a right, not a privilege for families in the Badger State, and help Wisconsin’s economy recover.”

The statement is signed by the following health care leaders:
  • Kristin Lyerly, MD, AD 88 Candidate
  • Jeff Weber, RN, President of the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, AFT
  • State Representative Debra Kolste, MT(ASCP)
  • Sara Rodriguez, MSN, MPH, RN, AD 13 Candidate
  • Emily Siegrist, NP, BSN, MSN, AD 24 CandidateJoanna Bisgrove, MD, Wisconsin Doctors for Biden Co-Chair
  • Colleen Greene, MD
  • Jillian Theobald, MD
  • Rebecca Bernstein, MD
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have outlined a detailed plan for how their administration will respond to the pandemic and help Wisconsin build back better out of this crisis.
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