On Memorial Day Minnesota reported its highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations so far at 605 — and its largest number of cases in intensive care at 248. Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said Friday:

“A couple of the hospitals’ intensive care units are getting quite full at this stage, so important work is going on, and discussions around the community, about how best to collaborate to even out some of that I-C-U need.”

State officials have plans in place to outfit several alternate sites to handle overflow hospital cases if necessary. They say those locations can be activated in 24 to 72 hours.