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Surge in holiday COVID cases further straining hospitals

[WCCO-TV News, December 28, 2021] The surge in holiday COVID-19 cases is showing up at some of Minnesota’s already-crowded hospitals. Right now, fewer than 30 ICU beds are available across the entire state.

Dr. John Smyrski is vice president of medical affairs at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, which is part of Allina Health. He says all 57 beds in Abbott’s ICU were taken Tuesday.

“This afternoon for example … our ICU capacity was at its max,” Smyrski said. “I would say these days at Abbott Northwestern it’s more days than not that we are functionally full.”

Posted on December 29, 2021 in coronavirus

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