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Covid-19 Overwhelms Rural MN Hospitals

According to MPR News, hospitals in rural Minnesota are struggling with the surge of Covid-19 patients where most peoples are reportedly remain unvaccinated. Often rural hospitals are short staffed and not enough beds and spaces to handle large influx of sick patients.

Dr. Ulrika Wigert of CentraCare’s hospital and clinic in Sauk Centre, near St. Cloud, told MPR News “We are taking care of patients right now in our facility that I normally would not take care of. It is not ideal. So in normal situations, we would transfer these handful of patients, we’d be able to get them to that level of care that they need.”

There are no ICU beds to be had, and that’s the scary part right now. We need help and we need this surge to start coming down.

Dr. Ulrika Wigert, CentraCare hospital and clinic in Sauk Center (source: MPR News)

Dr. George Morris, who reportedly overseeing CentraCare’s COVID response from the beginning, told MPR News “Many people say, ‘Now that I know how awful COVID is, I’ll get vaccinated and I’ll tell my family and friends to get vaccinated,’. We would like to do it one step before that. Don’t wait for yourself to get sick. Don’t wait for your family to get sick before you say, ‘Wow! This is real.’

Because most nationwide rural hospitals are crowded with Covid-19 infections, other routine healthcare needs (eg. blood pressure, obesity, cardiovascular problems, and others) are reportedly postponed by 1 in 5 American families.

According to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health “Nearly 1 in 5 American households has had to delay care for serious illnesses in the past few months”.

Because some healthcare workers are still not vaccinated despite of the federal mandate, some vaccinated people reportedly suspect those could be the source of Covid-19 spread.

A small number of Minnesota healthcare workers, which reported includes “nearly two dozen health care institutions, including Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Physicians and Regions Hospital” have filed a law suit against the federal mandate for religious exemptions.

According to Star Tribune, the law suit “claims that employer mandates are forcing workers, including religious objectors and people who have recovered from the virus, to be vaccinated so health care institutions can boost their vaccination numbers and get more money in federal subsidies”.

“Plaintiffs’ employers are placing a substantial burden on their employees not to practice their religious-based objection to the COVID-19 vaccination or live under the threat of having their religious exemption withdrawn at any time,” writes the Tribune citing the lawsuit.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of October 15, 9 a.m.) 493,139,29 doses have been distributed and 406,570,875 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of October 13) a total of 6,678,198 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of October 15) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 755,401 (out of 13,121,879 tested) with 8,407 deaths.