Cases of COVID-19 have shot up in Stearns County in central Minnesota, and in southwest Minnesota’s Nobles County — where one-in-20 are confirmed to have the illness. State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says about hospital capacity:

“At the present time I think the capacity in those areas is holding quite well. What we certainly don’t know yet is how much more might this grow.”

Malcolm stresses if I-C-U capacity is strained in one region, there’s a backup plan to find care for patients in other areas of the state. She says the Health Department is assisting food-processing plants and communities to find cases quickly and quarantine anyone who’s been exposed to COVID-19.