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Minnesota rushes to add new hospital beds for COVID-19 surge

Minnesota rushes to add new hospital beds for COVID-19 surge

Created: March 31, 2020 05:05 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Officials are scrambling to set up 2,750 new hospital beds across Minnesota for the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases.

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It’s part of Gov. Tim Walz’s promise not to waste the time he’s trying to buy with his stay-at-home order to allow the health system to gear up.

The state projects a peak in hospitalizations between mid-May and mid-June. A team is identifying potential alternate care sites that could be converted into temporary hospitals for noncritical patients.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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