Continued high levels of transmission and two new deaths this past week, including one in a person in their 40s with no underlying health issues besides excess weight who was unvaccinated. Significant spike in the numbers of kids aged 10-19 with COVID, which is not unexpected given the Homecoming Dance on 10/2 at the local high school. What will be important is whether those teens then pass the virus on to others who are at higher risk of severe illness or death. That group at higher risk includes people age 40+ who are unvaccinated, which is still a lot of people in our county due to our low vaccination rates. Continued very high hospitalization rates across the region. Just today I got a notice from the state that they are scrambling to fill nursing positions in hospitals and nursing homes (staffing is the major limiting factor for capacity, not physical beds). The pressure on our hospital system is high right now, so please do what you can to not add to it. Get vaccinated if you haven't already, continue to use mitigation strategies (mask, distance, stay home, keep your circle small) while our community transmission rates are so high, and isolate and get tested if you develop ANY symptoms. If you DO get COVID, check to see if you qualify for monoclonal antibody therapy, which can reduce your risk of hospitalization by up to 70%. You can access this therapy through our local hospital systems. Here's some good info on who qualifies: Stay safe everyone. Hopefully this surge will start to wane soon. A lot depends on what happens with this big group of infected teens and whether they spread it much or not.

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Alexandra Hall, MD

Alexandra Hall M.D. – Dr. Hall earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Science Education from New York University, taught high school in East Harlem, and then earned her M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 

She then completed a residency in Family Practice and served as Chief Resident at the University of Vermont.  After practicing medicine for Dean Health System in Wisconsin and then at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, Dr. Hall moved to Menomonie, WI to work at UW Stout, where she currently teaches for the Biology department and serves as a physician at Student Health Services. 

Dr. Hall has a passion for educating people about health and science; she gives workshops regionally and nationally on various medical topics to both lay and professional audiences and has won several teaching awards for her work.


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