Williams said employees are often exposed and infected with the virus in the community. "Our staff are being infected mostly due to community spread, and this impacts our ability to care for patients". The latest COVID hospitalization numbers reported by the State Health Department indicate nearly 1670 Minnesotans are now hospitalized due to the new virus and 364 are being treated in intensive care.
Amy Williams, dean of clinical practices at Mayo Clinic, said at a press conference on Tuesday that the Intensive Care Unit at its Rochester, Minnesota, campus was at full capacity with 32 Covid-19 patients and is hoping to expand that center by a dozen beds, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. While some Americans are exhausted of hearing about safety measures such as wearing masks and washing their hands regularly, it is important to take those precautionary measures as the virus continues to spread across the country, he said.
"We do this because we care about our communities", said Williams in the update. "We don't want families to be sick". According to Williams, staffers are impacted the most by COVID-19 and urges Americans to continue taking extra precautions as the virus lingers. We do not want families to lose loved ones.
Amid rising cases and hospitalizations in the state, Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday announced new coronavirus restrictions. "We continue to see this translates into more and more hospitalizations", she said in a statement. Other than the issue of drug-resistant bacteria, antibiotics have been presumed safe by most pediatricians, the researchers note.
Parts of the health care system are already overwhelmed by the influx of patients, and other facilities are preparing for things to come.
Dr. Williams says there are now 115 COVID patients being treated in the Mayo Clinic's hospitals in Rochester, while the total for Mayo Clinic facilities in the midwest is over 250.
To help with staffing shortages in the Midwest, the Mayo Clinic is recruiting health care workers back from recent retirement, bringing in staff from other sites (primarily Arizona), temporarily moving research nurses into patient care roles and reducing elective care to redeploy staff to COVID-19 patients, officials said.
"We need your help".
He said the organization expects hospital admissions rates to increase over the next two to four weeks.
"All of our hospitals are really stretched", Williams said.