Mayo Clinic staffers diagnosed with coronavirus over last two weeks

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Over 900 Mayo Clinic staff in the Midwest have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks, officials said, as the region experiences a surge in cases.

That brings the total number of infected Mayo employees since March to 2,981.

About 1,500 Mayo Clinic employees are on work restrictions throughout the midwest due to coronavirus exposure, medical diagnosis, or are caretakers to a sick relative.

Across the Midwest, the Mayo Clinic now has approximately 1,500 staff, with Covit-19 exposures or diagnostic-related work restrictions, Luxstein said.

A Kelley Luckstein told CNN, "Our staff is being infected mostly due to community spread (93% of staff infections), and this impacts our ability to care for patients", Luckstein wrote in a Wednesday email. She says the high demand is putting a strain on the healthcare system as is the spread of the virus among Mayo Clinic staff and their families. "And what worries us most is the staff". While some Americans are exhausted of hearing about safety measures such as wearing masks and washing their hands regularly, it is important to take those precautionary measures as the virus continues to spread across the country, he said.

"It shows how widely spread this is in our communities, and how easy it is to get COVID-19 in the communities here in the Midwest", Williams said. We don't want families to lose loved ones. "We'll get through this, but we have to be safe, we have to protect each other".

"We need your help".

"The public urgently needs to treat COVID-19 as a health emergency to prevent the healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed", the health system said in a statement last week.

The hospital system is already facing a shortage of staffers, and all of the ICU beds at its main Rochester, Minnesota, campus are full.

At the time, about 50% of the ICU capacity was occupied by Covid-19 patients, the system said in a statement, and added that Covid-19 patients that are treated in the hospital normally stay about two to three times longer than non-Covid-19 patients.

On Tuesday, Minnesota reported an additional 5,945 patients with COVID-19 and 26 deaths.

Meanwhile, Williams said at a news conference this week that the Mayo Clinic is increasing its intensive care capacity at a Rochester, Minnesota hospital to cope with a surge in Covid-19 patients.

In the video update, Williams said they are also seeing more patients transferred from hospitals outside of the Mayo Clinic Health System. "We continue to see that translate to more and more hospitalizations", she said in a video update.

"What we are most anxious about is staff, because we see our staff being exposed and getting COVID-19, mostly in the community".

"And it just tells us that hospitals elsewhere, in Minnesota, Iowa, Dakota, and neighboring states, are overwhelmed by this increase".

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