Wisconsin hospitals and pharmacies are struggling to find needed drugs as they prepare for a likely surge in coronavirus patients. Shortages of inhalers and a drug used to treat lupus are occurring across the United States as demand rises.
Wisconsin has received roughly half its share of personal protective equipment allotted from a federal stockpile to ensure doctors, nurses, first responders and others have access to face shields, masks, gowns and gloves during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More Wisconsin businesses deemed "non-essential" by state government will have to close for the time being under the latest restrictions from the governor and state health officials intended to slow down spread of the new coronavirus.
While many Wisconsinites are contemplating what life will be like under a stay-at-home order, others are desperately trying to return home from other countries where borders are being closed and international flights canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As COVID-19 continues to spread in Wisconsin, and health care workers begin to test positive along with their patients, medical providers are expressing concern about supplies of protective equipment needed to stay healthy.
Grocery stores in Wisconsin are adjusting hours to allow staff to restock depleted shelves and do extra cleaning. Many are also offering special shopping hours for the elderly and those who have health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
Concern over the impact the new coronavirus pandemic could have on Wisconsin's health care system has prompted a number of changes at hospitals and clinics to preserve doctors, beds and other resources for those who need it most.