Gazette: Icy Weather Causes Spike in Emergency Room Visits

JANESVILLE – This winter’s onslaught of snow and ice has sent residents slip-sliding to hospital emergency rooms and terrorized people who drive for a living, such as newspaper delivery drivers.

Unfortunately, this week’s forecast calls for more of the same.

The National Weather Service predicts a possible mixture of snow and freezing rain before 8 a.m. Wednesday, with subzero wind chills by Wednesday night. Thursday and Friday offer a chance of snow, with the best chance Friday night.

Dr. Jay MacNeal, EMS medical director at Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center in Janesville, said the hospital has “absolutely” seen a spike in weather-related visits over the past two weeks.

“As soon as you try to walk, you’re down,” MacNeal said. “I myself fell in the driveway a couple weeks ago bringing the garbage cans in. It was not fun. I’m 44. I’m not a spring chicken anymore.”

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