COVID wave overwhelms rural Minnesota hospitals, leaving the sick nowhere to go


October 25, 2021


Dr. Arden Virnig conferred with COVID-19 patient Dena Leikvoll during her recovery last week at Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, Minn.

Mourners left Bob Cameron's funeral Friday with grab-and-go packs of bars and treats - offered in place of a social lunch because of the pandemic - and also with a lingering question.

Would the 87-year-old still be alive if he had received intensive care on the Sunday he was hospitalized rather than 48 hours later when an ICU bed opened up?

Cameron spent two days in his hometown hospital in Hallock, Minn., where caregivers searched nonstop for space in a larger hospital that could find and fix the source of his severe gastrointestinal bleeding and treat his COVID-19. He died Oct. 13.


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