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'We cannot let our guard down' with COVID-19

News about COVID-19 is changing fast in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and around the world. That’s why it’s so important for everyone to stay informed and do their part to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease.

The coronavirus comes in several strains with varying effects, from mild illness, such as symptoms of the common cold, to more severe cases, and even death.

Aspirus health experts advises everyone to take the necessary precautions very seriously because the disease is close to home, and it is not over yet.

“We cannot let our guard down on this because we are seeing cases close to home and the number of positives continue to climb,” said Andrew Tait, PA-C, certified physician assistant for Aspirus. “We continue to take all of the required precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, employees and the communities we serve.”

Those who are feeling ill or who are concerned about having been exposed are advised to:

  • isolate at home,
  • avoid contact with others and do not go to work,
  • monitor symptoms,
  • get rest and drink plenty of fluids; and
  • continue to mask and avoid large gatherings.

Aspirus encourages all individuals who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms to be tested. If you may have been exposed, you can choose to be tested; but if you have no symptoms, your risk for infection is low.

For advice on whether and where to be tested, please visit aspirus.org/covid19-testing or call the Aspirus COVID-19 Call Center at 1-844-568-0701 or 1-715-843-1454. Due to the recent increase in cases, the Call Center has been experiencing a very high volume of calls and, often, lengthy wait times. Therefore, visiting the website before calling is recommended.

“While we do live in a rural area and have smaller populations it does not mean we’re safe from this pandemic,” said Paula Chermside, chief administrative officer for Aspirus. “We need to be vigilant and continue to practice social distancing, wear masks and wash our hands frequently.”

Chermside added, “I do want our patients to know that Aspirus is here and prepared to take care of you. It is so important to seek medical care if you are sick.”