As the state reports rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, health officials are keeping a close eye on hospital bed capacity. State health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says hospitals are designed to see their beds full of patients.

“They historically run pretty tight if you will, or pretty lean, in terms of not carrying a lot of excess capacity at any one time. But it is really important that they be able to serve patients with all kinds of needs and not just covid.”

As of Wednesday, the governor’s COVID-19 dashboard indicated nearly 30 percent of the state’s I-C-U beds are still available for use. Numbers also show that just 11.5 percent of all hospitalizations and 21 percent of I-C-U patients in Minnesota are dealing with cases of COVID-19.