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Here's why Minnesota doesn't have enough hospital beds right now


Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, shown in a photo taken at a briefing last month, is helping prepare the state's hospitals for the surge of COVID-19 patients.

One update from state officials this week on the COVID-19 epidemic included details on facilities to house more hospital beds.

So far five usable sites have been found for up to 600 beds, said Joe Kelly, the state's homeland security and emergency management director, part of a plan for 2,750 potential beds. A thousand of them would be in the Twin Cities metro area.


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