Local health organizations launch Be Safe Wisconsin

Local health organiza-tions, officials and com-munity leaders are calling on Northeast and Central Wisconsin residents to maintain their active role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. ThedaCare and Ascension Wisconsin, in conjunction with public health officials and community leaders, have launched Be Safe Wisconsin to encourage community members’ ongoing commitment to flattening the COVID-19 curve.

“ThedaCare is working with data scientists to track and forecast the impact of COVID-19 locally and the data is showing that the curve can significantly flatten when everyone commits to social distancing and other safe behaviors,” said Dr. Imran Andrabi, ThedaCare President and CEO. “Today, and it is believed for some time into the future, some form of social distancing must be a focus. If the commitment is kept up to staying home whenever possible, keeping your distance and practicing good hygiene, Wisconsin can together drive the COVID-19 reality and save lives.”

Be Safe Wisconsin asks residents to continue flattening the COVID-19 curve by:

Continuing to adhere to Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order as long as it is in place.

Practicing good hygiene, including hand washing and sanitizing.

Avoiding touching their face.

Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces, including mobile devices.

Continuing to use face masks when in public places.

Remaining at least 6 feet apart from others and wearing a mask or face covering if they must absolutely go out.

The effort has a dedicated website – www.BeSafeWisconsin.org – where residents can take the Be Safe pledge, sign up for updates, download social media graphics for sharing and access local resources from Be Safe partners such as online symptom checkers, community hotlines and more.

In the coming weeks and months, the actions necessary to be safe will evolve to reflect the pandemic’s effects on the region. As testing becomes more available and processes for contact-tracing and subsequent isolation of those infected are built out, it will be expected to see a series of shifts in the behaviors you will need to undertake. Be Safe Wisconsin serves as a unified resource to area residents to stay updated on the latest precautions to take to be safe and reduce the spread of infections.

“As individual health care systems, several steps have already been taken to prepare for an expected surge, including deferring non-urgent procedures, implementing visitor restric-tions, creating respiratory clinics and adding capacity for additional patients,” explained Bernie Sherry, Ministry Market Executive, Ascension Wisconsin.

 

“Wisconsin has a population that embodies community and steps up when people need it most,” echoed Tim Bergstrom, President and Chief Operating Officer of Bergstrom Automotive. “Be Safe Wisconsin serves as a driver to communicate clearly how everyone can all help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and support our health care workers and first responders as they care for patients. Be Safe Wisconsin will quickly become a proven model and an example for others around the nation.”