State officials haven’t sounded a red alert but are keeping a close eye on the pressure that the COVID pandemic is putting on Minnesota hospital beds. Governor Tim Walz says even with plans already in place that could almost double I-C-U capacity…

…”Here’s the problem: Because COVID is so widespread and because it’s hitting staff, the staffing issue is equally as important as the beds, because an empty I-C-U room with all of the proper equipment and no critical-care nurse doesn’t do us much good.”

Walz is urging Minnesotans to redouble their efforts to control the spread of COVID — masking, social distancing and limiting the size of gatherings. A new set of regulations affecting bars and restaurants takes effect tomorrow night (Fri).