Marshfield Clinic chief medical officer provides COVID update
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – “We don’t see an end to this pandemic.” That’s what Marshfield aldermen were told on Nov. 24, by Marshfield Clinic Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bill Melms.
The common council was getting an update on concerns regarding COVID-19, and Melms told aldermen that numbers within the Marshfield Clinic Health System parallel the state in terms of cases and hospitalizations.
Melms also said he’s got grave concerns with Thanksgiving here, and people gathering with family and friends.
Melms also said the clinic is working to get traveling nurses into the clinic system.
Melms also appeared on a segment of PBS’ NewsHour program that same evening.
Council considers remote meetings
On Nov. 24, the council generally agreed to start leaning more toward remote meetings in the immediate future, to practice and promote social distancing and limited gatherings. Alder Adam Fischer said the city still needs to find a way to engage the public.
Alder Tom Witzel wanted aldermen to have the option of attending meetings virtually or in person.
No official vote was taken on the matter.
On Nov. 30, the council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on next year’s proposed budget, which includes a sizable tax increase. Anyone interested in making comments will be allowed to do so inside the council chambers at City Hall.