As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the state local health officials are asking you to step up in your efforts to control the spread. CentraCare spokesman Dr. George Morris says their hospitals are feeling the pinch:

“We are approximately twice as many patients as we had at the peak of this in May and June and that was just our first peak but we never got down to zero we’ve seen it basically double for how bad it was last time.”

Morris says roughly 15-20 percent of all of their patients currently in the hospital have COVID-19 or a COVID related illness. He adds there are even patients in their 20s and 30s hospitalized with the virus. Morris says it’s important to consistently remember to keep wearing your mask, practice good hand hygiene and social distancing.