Mayo Clinic staffers diagnosed with coronavirus over last two weeks

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 21, 2020

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.

The Midwest struggles during the second round of COVID-19 spikes, causing the Minnesota Governor to place new safety measures to help lessen the spread.

"Our staff are being infected mostly due to community spread, and this impacts our ability to care for patients", Luckstein said.

Over 900 Mayo Clinic staff in the Midwest have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks, officials said, as the region experiences a surge in cases.

Since the start of the pandemic earlier this year, 2,981 Mayo Clinic employees have been infected by the coronavirus.

About 1,500 Mayo Clinic employees are on work restrictions throughout the midwest due to coronavirus exposure, medical diagnosis, or are caretakers to a sick relative. Tony Evers, who is the governor of Wisconsin, has declared a new state of emergency, and Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa announced a new health order that mandates masks indoors.

"There are three things you need to take care of any patient, but especially a patient with COVID-19 because they need very specialized care". William says there are now about 1500 Mayo Clinic employees in the midwest absent from work due to COVID reasons, which could include being infected, having a family member infected, caring for an ill family member, and having close contact with an infected person.

"We need to be very vigilant and not assume that things are going to settle down", she said. And while some Americans may be getting exhausted of hearing about safety measures like wearing masks and regularly washing hands, it's important to continue taking those precautions as the virus continues spreading rampantly throughout the country, she said. We do not want families to lose loved ones. "The staff we care about the most". "We will get through this, but we need to be safe, we need to protect each other".

"The public urgently needs to treat COVID-19 as a health emergency to prevent the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed", the health system said in a statement last week.

"While we are temporarily deferring elective measures in order to provide beds for COVID-19 patients, the public needs to understand that we continue to care for groups of other patients as well as COVID patients - we remain open to trauma, emergency care, and urgent care needs while caring for COVID-19 patients as well".

In northwest Wisconsin, the Mayo Clinic Health System said last week that its hospital beds were 100% full.

"We need your help and we need it now".

Hospitalizations are only expected to increase in the coming weeks.

"What we are most anxious about is staff, because we see our staff being exposed and getting COVID-19, mostly in the community".

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