More than 900 employees at the Mayo Clinic have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past two weeks.
Dr. Amy Williams, dean of clinical practices in the multi-state hospital system, announced the number on Tuesday during a conversation with reporters.
According to Williams, 93 percent of cases at the clinic were in municipal areas, such as rest rooms, while employees ate or participated in other activities with masks off, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
“It shows you how easy it is to get COVID-19 in the Midwest,” Williams said.
“Our staff is infected mainly due to the spread in the community and this affects our ability to care for patients. We need everyone in the communities we serve to do their part to limit the spread of COVID-1
Since the beginning of the pandemic earlier this year, 2,981 Mayo Clinic staff have been infected with the coronavirus.
The hospital system is already facing staff shortages, and all of the intensive care unit beds on Rochester’s main campus, Minnesota, are currently full.
“All our hospitals are really stretched,” Williams said. “But we continue to have the capacity for anyone who needs our care.”
The hospital system also runs an outpatient program of COVID-19, in which hundreds of people are prescribed the antiviral drug remdezivir to free their beds.