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Nurse in an intensive care room at SSM Health Monroe Hospital

MONROE, Wisconsin – COVID-19 hospital stays have hit record highs in South Central Wisconsin and across the state, causing hospitals and intensive care beds to be at full capacity due to staff and bed shortages.

SSM Health’s Monroe Hospital opened its intensive care unit, emergency room and inpatient wings to News 3 Now on Wednesday, providing an important glimpse into the daily work of patients and medical staff nearly two years after the pandemic.

“We are seeing more patients than ever before during the COVID-related pandemic,” said Hospital President Jane Curran-Meuli. “And the community doesn’t notice that.”

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Nurse in an intensive care room at SSM Health Monroe Hospital

Hospital serving the rural communities in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Curran-Meuli says they are working 50% above capacity at Monroe Hospital, and their ICU beds and COVID-19 beds are constantly full of often unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.

“We’re trying to stay afloat here,” explains inpatient nurse and administrative manager Jeanette Williams.

“This is real … it’s a huge problem and it’s not something that is going away and it isn’t getting any better.”

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