Minnesota is getting 25 staffed ambulances from the federal government to help hospitals transfer some non-critical patients elsewhere to make room for those who need critical care. It’s because Minnesota-based ambulance companies warn they could soon run out of capacity due to rising COVID cases, according to the state Health Department. Allina C-E-O Penny Wheeler warns hospitals are “perilously close” to COVID overload:

“There is nothing worse as a care provider than to think that you can’t adequately care for somebody in front of you who needs your services — and we’re getting to that point.”

Allina, Mayo and CentraCare Allina and Mayo report the number of workers sidelined by COVID approaching or exceeding one-thousand in each of those systems.