Dr. Josh Ross interviewed by Wisconsin Health News regarding declining ER visits


Wisconsin Health News: Dr. Joshua Ross, executive vice chair of the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said nationally emergency room visits are down around 50 percent. UW Health is seeing a similar pattern. Along with other emergency department leaders across the state, Ross spoke to multiple factors driving the decline state- and nationwide and how reduced volumes actually allow for more robust preparation efforts.

Full article: "Wisconsin ERs see decline in visits"

While the outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted operations at our emergency departments, we remain ready to assist the community with their emergent healthcare needs during this time. While it remains important that the public call ahead to their doctors if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the staff in each of the Madison area emergency departments are able to safely treat patients with urgent healthcare issues. If you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or other serious medical event, come to the emergency department or call 911.

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