DCMC updates city on COVID-19 readiness

The City of Sturgeon Bay received an update from medical personnel from the Door County Medical Center Tuesday evening at the common council meeting at City Hall.  President and CEO Brian Stephens along with Dr. James Heise answered questions and updated the council on DCMC’s preparedness at this point to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Heise, an internal medicine doctor, says staffing is more of a concern than ventilators.



Dr. Heise added that it does not make sense for a smaller hospital to rent more than the two ventilators it has obtained and take away from larger hospitals like those in Green Bay.   He uses an analogy to explain the potential spread of the coronavirus.



Concerning the current 25-bed capacity at the hospital, Stephens stated that the campus can expand to 50 at this time with enough staff to care for patients.  He says if the spread of the coronavirus can be slowed, DCMC has plenty of resources to take care of residents.  You can find the audio of the entire 30-minute update presented by DCMC at Tuesday’s Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting below.



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