Top hospital officials are pleading with Minnesotans to mask-up, social-distance and follow new COVID restrictions, saying medical centers across the state are “perilously close” to overload from the raging pandemic.   Doctor Cindy Firkins Smith with Carris Health in Willmar says CentraCare has 12-hundred staff in rural Minnesota sidelined by COVID:

“As to the question of, when will we run out of workers?   Don’t know. I don’t know, and that is why we’re here today.”

Allina and Mayo report workers out-of-commission due to COVID approaching one-thousand in each of those systems. Firkins Smith says CentraCare is asking workers to pick up extra shifts, plus they’ve set up “labor pools” where people are filling in where they haven’t worked before — but she says there are certain area where that just doesn’t work.