More than 900 health workers at the Mayo Clinic in the Midwest have been diagnosed with coronavirus in the past two weeks alone, as cases of COVID-19 in the region continue to rise, officials said.
Newly diagnosed cases accounted for 30% of the total number of people working at the Mayo clinic since the pandemic began in March, Junger Plumbo, a spokesman for the medical center, told HuffPost on Thursday.
Plumbo stressed that approximately 93% of infections are considered to be prevalent in the community rather than exposure in the workplace, stressing the need for greater precautions against viruses in the community.
“This affects our ability to care for patients,”
Of the health workers at the Mayo Clinic in the Midwest, approximately 2.7% either have work restrictions related to COVID-19 exposure or are not fully able to work due to a diagnosis of COVID-19, the Mayo Clinic said in a statement. Thursday.
The Mayo Clinic’s health system in the Midwest, which employs approximately 55,000 people, has locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, three states that have seen a significant increase in coronavirus cases in recent weeks.
On Wednesday, Wisconsin reported the highest number of confirmed cases in a single day. Of those hospitalized for the virus, 19% are in the intensive care unit, with only 9% of the intensive care units available in the state, the Wisconsin Department of Health said.
Minnesota reported a record one-day increase in COVID-19-related deaths on Thursday. The 72 deaths exceeded the previous record of 67 deaths reported just a day earlier, the Star Tribune reported.
Iowa has the third largest number of new cases of COVID-19 nationwide, behind North and South Dakota. On Monday, after months of resignation, the governor ordered masks to be worn indoors.
Dr Amy Williams, executive dean of the Mayo Clinic, reiterated the need for greater community involvement to reduce rising levels of infection at a media briefing on Tuesday.
“The bottom line is that our hospitals are busy, our healthcare professionals are very busy, and we now know much more about how to care for COVID patients in the spring, but we are still seeing a spread in our communities,” she said.
Her comments came when the main campus of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, announced that all 32 intensive care beds for patients with COVID-19 were full.
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