Hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients in Minnesota are surging.
The current rate is about 27 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents. For perspective, the state considers a hospitalization rate of 8 per 100,000 residents high risk — our current weekly average is roughly three times higher.
Smaller hospitals are having a hard time absorbing the influx of patients, but many larger hospitals that can offer more specialized care are also running out of space. Even when beds are available, staffing them is a challenge as more health care workers get sick.
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Thursday at 9 a.m, MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke with two physicians about the stress this surge is putting on health care workers.
Dr. Deb Dittberner is Chief Medical Officer and family physician for the Alomere Health System.
Dr. David Hilden is vice president of medical affairs at Hennepin Healthcare.
To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.