COVID-19 hospitalizations set 2021 record once again in Minnesota

The latest state data show 1,429 people infected with the virus were receiving inpatient treatment on Monday


November 24, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Amal Algahtani, 50, battled a COVID-19 infection in the M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center on Sept. 9.

As Minnesota continues to set 2021 records for the number of COVID-19 patients receiving hospital care, Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday outlined a series of steps the state is taking to protect hospital capacity as the latest pandemic surge continues.

Federal medical teams this week are starting to help at Hennepin Healthcare's HCMC in Minneapolis and at CentraCare's St. Cloud Hospital. New facilities are creating space so hospitals can discharge patients to the next level of care, Walz noted, and members of the Minnesota National Guard are being trained to support long-term care providers.

But even with those efforts, the governor said during a news conference at HCMC that hospitals are facing a critical time in the coming weeks.


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