Hundreds of Mayo Clinic Staff Test Positive

Hundreds of Mayo Clinic Staff Test Positive

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.

As a result, across the Midwest, Mayo Clinics-which include clinics, hospitals, and other health care facilities that provide services to patients in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin-has around 1,500 employees with work limitations due to staffers being exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19.

"Which just tells us hospitals elsewhere, in Minnesota, in Iowa, in the Dakotas, in surrounding states, are overwhelmed because of this surge".

The dean of clinical practices at multi-state hospitals system announced that over the last two weeks, more than 900 Mayo Clinic staff members in the Midwest have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Fox News on November 19, 2020.

And roughly 1,500 staff members are working with restrictions related to coronavirus exposures at Mayo locations across the Midwest.

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

That brings the total number of infected Mayo employees since March to 2,981. And Wisconsin's Governor has issued a state of emergency.

"There are three things you need to take care of any patient", said Dr. Amy Williams, executive dean of Mayo Clinic's practice, in an update on Covid-19. 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 this because we care about our communities", said Williams in the update. "We continue to see this translates into more and more hospitalizations", she said in a statement. "We don't want families to be sick". We want everyone to be safe.

She says the Mayo Clinic in Rochester now has 32 COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units and is adding 12 to 13 ICU beds to meet the expected demand in the coming weeks.

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

"While temporarily suspending the procedures we have chosen to release beds for COVID-19 patients, the public should understand that we continue to care for the care of other patients in addition to COVID patients - trauma, emergency care and the need for emergency treatment when caring for COVID patients".

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, all 32 beds in dedicated COVID-19 intensive care units are full and the hospital will have to add more beds to care for the seriously ill patients.

In coming weeks, hospitalizations and deaths are expected to increase as the number of daily coronavirus cases continues to rise.

"We need everyone in the communities we serve to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-19".

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