As COVID-19 spikes in Minnesota, Midwest, hospitals scramble to keep up
November 9, 2020
COVID-19 is sweeping across Minnesota at an unprecedented pace, breaking records for new cases and daily deaths and raising concerns over the ability of hospitals to keep up.
Saturday's tally of 4,647 new cases - a figure that would have easily set a record during the first eight months of the pandemic - wasn't even close to the biggest single-day count of the past week. For the seven-day period ending Saturday, Minnesota reported more than 25,000 new COVID-19 cases, or more than 10% of the state's cases since March.
The Minnesota Department of Health reported another 34 deaths on Saturday, bringing the week's total to 168 - the second highest one-week count since the start of the pandemic. Hospitals, meanwhile, are scrambling to treat more COVID-19 patients even as the virus threatens to sideline more health care workers.