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Door County Medical Center’s newly constructed Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center in Sturgeon Bay, pictured Aug. 1, 2019. (Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

STURGEON BAY – Door County Medical Center stopped welcoming visitors effective Thursday as COVID-19 cases continue to rise locally and statewide.

Healthcare systems are growing overwhelmed — that’s why Door County Public Health stopped contact tracing this week. The medical center’s “doing (their) best to be proactive” by implementing the no-visitor policy, according to the center’s communication specialist, Erin Shortall.

The hospital’s policy lists a few exceptions to allow some support people to accompany patients. 

Everyone who comes in must be free of COVID-19 symptoms or any illness, and will be required to wear a mask at all times. 

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