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Local Doctors Urge Community Members to Follow COVID-19 Precautions

Hospital news | Friday, November 6, 2020

Contact: Sasha Dull

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Crawford and surrounding counties, local medical providers from Crossing Rivers Health, Gundersen Health System, and Mayo Clinic, all who serve on the Medical Executive Committee at Crossing Rivers Health, share a deep concern for the health of community members. The committee consists of Carrie Kramer, MD; David DeHart, MD; James Jordan, MD; Anna Myklebust, MD; Peter Gierke, MD; Robert Key, MD; Stacy Blackburn, DO; and Walter Boisvert, MD. This team of providers urges community members to follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and our local Public Health officials- including masking, social distancing, performing hand hygiene, and to strongly consider not attending or hosting gatherings.

“In the past several weeks, local COVID-19 cases have increased considerably compared to early in the pandemic,” stated Carrie Kramer, General Surgeon at Gundersen Health System- Prairie du Chien Clinic, and Chief of Medical Staff at Crossing Rivers Health. “We are seeing an increasing number of COVID-19 positive patients that need to be admitted to the medical center. The staff at Crossing Rivers Health is fully prepared, equipped, and trained to properly care for these patients, while maintaining a safe environment for all patients.”

As the state of Wisconsin is setting records for new cases, hospital admissions, and deaths, the Medical Executive Committee members seek to bring awareness and urgency to the local COVID situation. The group asks fellow community members to continue to follow protective measures. "On behalf of medical providers who have cared for COVID-19 patients, we encourage everyone to take the guidelines seriously and do your part to stop the spread,” exclaimed Dr. Kramer.

“We understand this pandemic is wearing on everyone, but we must make every effort to ensure our local health system does not become over-burdened.” Dr. Kramer added, “Our entire healthcare team is proud and honored to care for you and will continue to be here when you need us. The Medical Executive Committee asks everyone to continue to do all they can to keep themselves healthy and protect against the continued spread of this disease.”