We’re heartbroken. We’re overwhelmed.


Minnesota Healthcare system leaders are reportedly overwhelmed at their facilities with “health-care workers witnessing preventable illness and death daily from the virus. Emergency departments are packed and hospital beds full”, according the following statewide ad.

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Essentia Health CEO Dr. David Herman told MPR News “Many of the sickest patients that we see, that was avoidable. And to see patients so sick, to see the suffering that the patients experience, and the suffering that their families experience is heartbreaking.”

“I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a breaking point in health care. We’ve been asked: ‘How close to the edge are you?‘ and there really is no edge in health care. So what we do is we make do, we never say no to someone, but what we provided in the past may not be what we can provide today,” Dr. Herman added.

Minneapolis-based Allina Health CEO Penny Wheeler told MPR News “When we, as somebody who wants to provide health and health care for others, feel like because of the workload and the intensity of it and all that’s facing us, we can’t give our absolute best, that really causes a moral injury”.

“We’d have a whole 200-bed hospital open if people were vaccinated. That would mean everybody with cancer, appendicitis, stroke, cerebral hemorrhages would have greater access [to care] more quickly,” Wheeler added.

According to the Washington Post, Minnesota is reportedly is one of the coronavirus hot spots in the country, ranking fourth in the nation.

Coronavirus-19 vaccination watch

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID vaccination tracker page (as of Dec 15, 9 a.m.) 599,876,215 doses have been distributed and 488,296,089 doses administered. According MDH COVID-19 Response vaccine data (as of Dec 13) a total of 8,337,504 doses of Covid-19 (Pfizer & Moderna) vaccines have been administered in Minnesota. According to the MDH latest tally (as of Dec 15) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 971,667 (out of 15,541,3870 tested) with 10,018 deaths.