Minnesota hospitals get federal help to address staff shortages

HCMC and St. Cloud Hospital to get support amid COVID-19 surge


November 18, 2021

Minnesota hospitals were caring for 1,382 COVID-19 patients, including 320 in intensive care, on Tuesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Federal medical teams will arrive in Minnesota next week to provide much needed staffing support at two state hospitals hit hard by the ever-growing COVID-19 surge.

HCMC and CentraCare, including St. Cloud Hospital, each will receive 22 emergency medical workers from the Department of Defense after a request from Gov. Tim Walz.

"Every day, our doctors and nurses are treating Minnesotans sick with COVID-19 or suffering other emergencies," Walz said. "But they are under water, and they need all the help we can give them. I'm grateful the Biden administration heeded our request and is sending in reinforcements."



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