State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says Minnesota is now the fastest-growing COVID hot-spot in the country.  Over 13-hundred are hospitalized, with more than 300 of those patients in I-C-U — the highest numbers since late December of last year.  Malcolm says availability of staffed hospital beds is extremely tight:

“One percent of staffed beds are available in the metro region and four percent in the southeast.   Availability is also in single digits across the central and northern regions of the state.”

Malcolm says I-C-U beds are even tighter.  And she says there are no pediatric hospital beds available in Minnesota’s northwest and south-central regions, and no pediatric I-C-U beds open in the central region.