State officials say the surge in COVID delta-variant cases is putting serious pressure on Minnesota’s hospitals.  Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says hospitalizations in Greater Minnesota now exceed those in the metro area, with 5 percent of beds available in the southeast region and 7 percent in central Minnesota:

“Across the state we have more hospitals reporting that they have zero available adult medical/surgical beds, and zero adult ICU beds available during this latest surge, and these are numbers we didn’t see even in the worst of last year’s fall surge.”

Malcolm indicates the situation is even more dire for pediatric hospital beds.