Minnesota shoring up long-term care, hospitals amid ongoing COVID-19 surge


November 23, 2021

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, alongside Thomas Wyatt, an emergency medicine physician at HCMC, spoke about the coronavirus surge during a news conference at the hospital in Minneapolis on Monday. The senator held the news conference to thank medical professionals who responded to the surge in coronavirus cases and to applaud incoming Department of Defense doctors and nurses arriving at Hennepin Healthcare to assist. Elizabeth Flores • liz.flores@startribune.com

Gov. Tim Walz wants to provide $50 million in federal money to help long-term care facilities hire and retain staff in the midst of the state's ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases.

Walz announced the funding proposal Monday along with a new plan for how the Minnesota National Guard will support long-term care facilities that are short of staff.

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced that a team of doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists from the Department of Defense is scheduled to start working Thursday - Thanksgiving Day - at Hennepin Healthcare's HCMC in Minneapolis.



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