The state Board of Nursing is putting out a call for additional staff to assist at Minnesota’s long-term care facilities as COVID-19’s grip tightens. Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says there were staffing shortages even before the COVID crisis:

“And now as we see staff falling ill, and the intensity of staff that we’re asking the facilities to beef up around infection control and other things, it’s kind of the perfect storm.”

172 long-term care facilities in Minnesota have at least one case of COVID-19 and Malcolm says some have “day-to-day difficulty” providing services to residents. Over 300 health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19, but state officials say they don’t know what percentage of long-term care staff are unable to work.