Governor Tim Walz last week announced a COVID-19 action plan to relieve Minnesota’s increasingly crowded hospitals.

“God help any one of us if we have a family member who needs to get in, and there’s not capacity or we’ve got a family member who leaves the healing professions because they’re being disparaged as they leave a 12-hour shift, that’s not who we are.”

The plan includes putting the National Guard on alert to provide staffing support at Minnesota’s long-term care facilities, expanding access to the COVID-19 Emergency Staffing Pool and freeing up capacity at state long-term care facilities.