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Minnesota hospitals brace for COVID-19 peak


David Joles – Star Tribune

After donning protective equipment nurse Sarah Neva sanitized her hands before going in to check on a COVID-19 patient on the fifth floor at Bethesda Hospital.

Hospital leaders endorsed Gov. Tim Walz's decision to end the statewide stay-at-home order on Monday, but urged Minnesotans to remain vigilant to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus that could still overwhelm them and leave them unable to care for some patients at the peak of the pandemic.

Minnesota appears to have a razor-thin margin of critical hospital supplies - including critical care beds and ventilators - to weather the surge of COVID-19 infections that is expected this summer, according to new state modeling results. But if reality proves worse than predicted, hospital officials said the governor will need to be quick about reinstituting restrictions that reduce face-to-face contact and the spread of the virus.


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