COVID-19 pressing Minnesota hospital capacity once again
April 8, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz remained optimistic Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccination progress will allow Minnesota to scale back restrictions on social and business activities, despite a surge in infections and renewed pressure on hospital bed space.
While the 538 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Tuesday was the highest number in Minnesota since late January — and included 138 people who needed intensive care — Walz said this surge might not result in the same increase in deaths that occurred late last year because so many of the most vulnerable people have received vaccine.
"It looks like there shouldn't be that spike in deaths," said Walz, speaking at a vaccination site at the Mall of America in Bloomington to urge restaurant workers to seek shots.