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Declining flu plus level COVID-19 equals temporary relief for Minnesota hospitals


December 30, 2022


In November, patients were placed and seen in the hallways of the emergency department at M Health Fairview St. John's Hospital in Maplewood.

Flu-related hospitalizations declined for a third straight week in Minnesota, increasing hope that this year's influenza season is just early - rather than historically bad.

The decline, along with little-changed COVID-19 levels in Minnesota, offered temporary relief to hospitals with limited bed space and overcrowded emergency departments, according to Thursday's state pandemic and influenza reports.

Patients filled more than 8,000 inpatient hospital beds in Minnesota on 19 dates since Nov. 1. But the state hasn't reached that benchmark for overcrowding since Dec. 16, and reported an aggregate census of only 7,006 hospital patients on Tuesday.


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