An increasing number of COVID-19 specific Intensive Care Unit patients has Minnesota Health officials concerned.

“We had our largest single-day increase of 41 from Sunday to Monday for ICU patients,” said Kris Ehresman from the Minnesota Department of Health. “We’re also being told of some hospitals nearing ICU capacity and some staffing shortage concerns.”

Ehresman says 87 percent of ICU beds in the Twin Cities are full but there is additional capacity in other parts of the state. Ehresman says it isn’t unusual for ICU beds to be at 95 percent capacity during a regular flu season.