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COVID-19 hospitalizations surge above 1,500 in Minnesota

Workforce shortage exacerbates pandemic pressure in latest COVID-19 wave


December 1, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Total hospitalizations of COVID and non-COVID patients in Minnesota stood at 7,598 on Monday. Hospital ICU workers have been under increasing pressure as COVID and non-COVID patients fill available beds.

COVID-19 hospitalizations rose above 1,500 on Monday in Minnesota, bringing the state closer to its pandemic record of 1,864 hospitalizations on the same date in 2020.

Hospitals have responded by delaying some non-emergency surgeries and reducing non-COVID admissions. Total hospitalizations reached 8,220 on Nov. 17 but declined over the Thanksgiving holiday week and dropped to 7,598 Monday.

Hospital leaders said declines in hospitalizations could be temporary, though, and urged Minnesotans to reduce their risks by seeking vaccinations and taking other protective measures.


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