With full-page newspaper ads, Advocate Aurora Health is asking the public for help in tackling the coronavirus pandemic.
“We cannot stop COVID without you,” the ads aired Sunday in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Green Bay Press Gazette and Chicago Tribune said.
The effort follows similar actions taken by the health systems in Cleveland and Minnesota, which are facing an increase in the number of cases and the uncertainty created by the omicron variant.
According to a press release, Advocate Aurora, “currently has nearly three times as many COVID-19 patients at its 26 hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin than just eight weeks ago. This is more than at any other time this year. As a result, beds fill up and wait times can be long. “
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The statement said “the tension on our front lines is undeniable. The doctors, nurses and countless others who have so competently and compassionately cared for our communities are suffering.”
The ad said that “over 90% of all COVID hospital patients are not vaccinated or need to be reminded.”
The ad called for people to get fully immunized, to wear masks in indoor public places, and for those who feel sick to stay home and get tested.