Mayo Clinic Staff Members Tested Positive Within 2 Weeks

Many hospitals were overwhelmed at the start of the pandemic but doctors say the situation has improved

Officials at the clinic revealed more than 900 employees were infected with COVID-19 in two weeks at the top research hospital based in Rochester, Minnesota. Midwestern states have been hit especially hard in the latest round of Covid-19 case surges - with Minnesota's governor announcing new measures this week to help curb the spread and Wisconsin's governor declaring a new state of emergency.

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds overcame her previous resistance to mask mandates and announced a new health order requiring masks at home, saying Hospitals have been pushed to the edge of a precipice due to the spread of the virus. "You need space, supplies, and staff", Williams said. "And what worries us most is the staff".

Across the Midwest, about 1,500 Mayo Clinic employees have work restrictions due to COVID-19 exposure, diagnosis or having to care for family members who are sick, officials said. While some Americans are exhausted of hearing about safety measures such as wearing masks and washing their hands regularly, it is important to take those precautionary measures as the virus continues to spread across the country, he said.

She says the Mayo Clinic in Rochester now has 32 COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units and is adding 12 to 13 ICU beds to meet the expected demand in the coming weeks. We don't want families to lose loved ones.

"We need your help and we need it now". Nurses on the frontline have expressed concern over their health and safety since they spend much more time with patients than all other healthcare workers, says Business Insider. The latest COVID hospitalization numbers reported by the State Health Department indicate nearly 1670 Minnesotans are now hospitalized due to the new virus and 364 are being treated in intensive care.

At this point, about 50% of the capacity in the intensive care unit was occupied by Covid-19 patients, the system said in a statement.

"All of our hospitals are really stretched", Williams said.

"While temporarily suspending the procedures we have chosen to release beds for COVID-19 patients, the public should understand that we continue to care for the care of other patients in addition to COVID patients - trauma, emergency care and the need for emergency treatment when caring for COVID patients".

She added the system expects to see a jump in hospitalization rates over the next two to four weeks.

The hospital system is already facing a shortage of staffers, and all of the ICU beds at its main Rochester, Minn., campus are full. "We continue to see more and more hospitalizations", he said.

"And it just tells us that hospitals elsewhere, in Minnesota, Iowa, Dakota, and neighboring states, are overwhelmed by this increase".

"What we are most anxious about is staff, because we see our staff being exposed and getting COVID-19, mostly in the community".



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