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Local leaders and health experts host ‘Community in Crisis’ program

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Several area organizations are presenting an online program on Friday in regards to the COVID-19 crisis in Marathon County.

The D.C. Everest Area School District, Wausau School District and Greater Wausau Chamber of Commerce are together presenting the program titled "COVID Conversation: A Community in Crisis."

The conversation is being moderated by WAOW's Phil Aldridge and WSAW's Jeff Thelen.

Participants include:

  • Dr. Michael Clark, Emergency Department Physician and Medical Director for Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport
  • Ben Layman, Regional Chief Administrative Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System Wausau/Weston Center
  • Michael Walters, MD JD, System Senior Physician Executive—Specialty Care, Aspirus Health Care
  • Joan Theurer, Health Officer, Marathon County Health Department
  • Dr. Kristine Gilmore, Superintendent, D.C. Everest Area School District
  • Dr. Keith Hilts, Superintendent, Wausau School District
  • Dr. Lori Weyers, President, Northcentral Technical College 
  • Carrie Strobel, Vice President, Human Resources, Greenheck Fan Corporation 
  • Will Hsu, Hsu’s Ginseng Enterprises Inc


"We project that by the end of the holidays in mid-December that we will have the need to care for an additional 100-115 patients a day," said Michael Walters, MD JD, System Senior Physician Executive—Specialty Care, Aspirus Health Care.

Dr. Keith Hilts, Superintendent, Wausau School District said, "we have 637 quarantined, 548 students and 89 of our staff."

The panel says it's as simple as staying home when you're sick, limiting your interactions, wearing a mask, and social distancing, because while we may not sit down together for Thanksgiving this year the seat is open for next year.

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