MDH: 52 additional people hospitalized, 41 to ICU, in one of the highest single-day totals

ICU beds are "running tight" in the metro, says Commissioner Malcolm

Sloane Martin
May 25, 2020 - 2:24 pm

Fifty-two people were hospitalized for COVID-19 Sunday, one of the highest single-day totals since the pandemic began.

According to the latest figures from the Minnesota Department of Health reported Monday, total hospitalizations number 605. Forty-one more people were admitted to the ICU for nearly 250 overall.

It’s having an impact on metro hospitals especially.

“They’re running tight on their established capacity,” Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. “We do think that’s due to the continued measured, but steady increase in COVID patients as well as other serious conditions, and surgeries restarting.”

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1,045 of the state’s 1257 ICU beds are in use, per the critical care supplies dashboard, but not all of those are COVID-19 cases. 1,120 can be ready within 72 hours.

The statewide Healthcare Coordination Center through the State Emergency Operations Center is assisting.

“They know that we’re at that point and anticipate that this sort of daily load balancing is going to be an important function,” Malcolm said. “They now have a daily call to monitor and help troubleshoot and assist in movement of patients where necessary.”

Total deaths number 881 after 12 more people lost their lives and confirmed cases reached 21,315 (+745) as of Monday.

 

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