Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that would dedicate money to help respond to a potential COVID-19 outbreak in Minnesota. If an outbreak were to happen it’s estimated around 80-percent of those infected would not need critical care. However, the worry is the other 20-percent. Dr. Rahul Korrane President and CEO of the Minnesota Hospital Association says last week the available capacity of ICU beds was under five-percent:
“We do need to think about the 80-percent where we’ll do the public health management but we have to ensure the Minnesotans that require intensive care and hospital level of care have access to those beds, have access to the ventilators, have access to our specialized care teams and staff.”
Currently, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Minnesota but health officials say it’s only a matter of time.