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COVID-19 puts some Minnesota rural hospitals on life support


GLEN STUBBE - Star Tribune

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed an order this week allowing some surgeries and other procedures to resume, hospitals and clinics likely won't return to business as usual any time soon.

It was 3 p.m. on a weekday and the newly renovated hospital in Grand Marais, Minn., should have been buzzing with activity. Normally, patients would have been waiting to see doctors and hallways would have been busy with technicians leading patients to scans and blood tests.

But on this recent day - and every day for the past seven weeks - the lobby's cushioned chairs sat vacant as the few staffers working wait for the first COVID-19 case to show up in northeastern Minnesota's Cook County.


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