Minnesota hospitals warn they’re ‘overwhelmed’ in full-page ads

(Hill) – Minnesota hospital leaders are warning in a full-page newspaper ad that they are “overwhelmed” by the COVID-19 spike and are calling on the public to take action.

The leaders of nine hospital systems in the state, including the Mayo Clinic and North Memorial Health, wrote: “Our emergency departments are overwhelmed and we have patients on every bed in our hospital.

Hospitals warn that due to their limited capacity, care for non-coronavirus medical events, like heart attacks, is also at stake.

“Now, an ominous question arises: can you get care from your local community hospital without delay? Today, that is uncertain,” they wrote in the ad that is being published in major newspapers across the state.

Minnesota has the third highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the nation, according to COVID Now Act Tracking Website, after New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Nearly 1,800 people are in hospital with COVID-19 in Minnesota, nearing its peak last winter, before a vaccine became widely available.

Other states are also facing strain in their medical facilities. Hospitals in Massachusetts, for example, are cut about some elective surgeries.

Minnesota hospital leaders point out that many hospitalizations could be prevented, given that COVID-19 hospitalizations across the country are largely due to people who have not been immunized.

“Every day we see disease and avoidable death as a direct result of COVID19,” the ad said.

“How can we as a society stand by and watch people die when a simple shot can stop a life-threatening disease?” it gives more information.

Hospital leaders urged people to take vaccinations and booster shots, and at the same time wear masks. Minnesota hospitals warn they’re ‘overwhelmed’ in full-page ads

Dais Johnston

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