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GREEN BAY – Over 200 doctors are pleading with residents and elected officials to take steps to contain the coronavirus as cases explode across Brown County and overwhelm local hospitals. 

In a letter Friday, Prevea Health CEO Ashok Rai said health care workers on the front lines of the pandemic are troubled about the recent surge and “tripling of COVID-19-related hospitalizations” since the beginning of September. The letter, provided to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, was signed by 250 physicians in the area.

“To say that providing care to these patients is severely straining our local hospitals, health care workers and health systems is a drastic understatement,” Rai wrote. “There is no other way to say it: we are overwhelmed.”

The letter came as Brown County surpassed the grim milestone of 10,000 cases since the pandemic’s onset, including 66 people who have died. At 10,022 cases, the virus has infected