Publish date:

Minnesota Hospital Association: We are out of time to be 'Minnesota Nice'

The group is launching an ad campaign that holds nothing back about the seriousness of the situation in Minnesota hospitals.
Author:

Minnesota reported 91 deaths from COVID-19 over the weekend and a November surge has brought the state's death toll of the pandemic to 3,241. 

There have been 788 deaths reported in November alone, and with nearly 2,000 people hospitalized with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the death toll will undoubtedly increase by the dozens every day in the coming weeks. 

Because of the stress being put on the healthcare system, the Minnesota Hospital Association is pleading with Minnesotans to do everything possible to help.  

“Our hospitals are full and we expect them to get fuller as the number of cases increase. Our healthcare heroes – the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, lab workers, aides, environmental services personnel and more – are asking you to support them by wearing a mask, physically distancing, washing your hands and laying low," said Rahul Koranne, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Minnesota Hospital Association.

Koranne says the public is the front line of defense while healthcare workers are the last line of defense.  

To get their urgent message out to the public, the hospital association has launched a series of television and social media ads that will be seen widely throughout this Thanksgiving week and into December. The "FightCovidMN" campaign is blunt and to the point, as evidenced by this line in a press release sent to media: 

“We are extremely concerned about the trajectory of the community spread,” said Koranne. “Our healthcare systems have thousands of care team members out with COVID, caring for a family member with COVID or home quarantining because they have been exposed in the community. 

"Our hospitals care for not just patients with COIVD but other Minnesotans with trauma and illness. We urge Minnesotans to come together with grit and resolve in the next few weeks with a unified goal to reduce community transmission and protect our healthcare workers so they can remain at work and help save lives."

image001 (1)

Among the healthcare institutions experiencing significant staffing shortages are Mayo Clinic, Allina Health and Carris Health. Combined, the trio has had around 3,000 staff unavailable to work in recent weeks due to testing positive for COVID-19, quarantining after being exposed, or taking care of family members for COVID-19-related reasons. 

Minnesota is in the first week of a four-week partial shutdown of bars, restaurants, gyms, social gatherings, wedding receptions and forms of entertainment. The shutdown, which expires Dec. 18, is aimed that keeping people from gathering en masse to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. 

Follow Bring Me The News on YouTube

Next Up

moose minnesota usfws - flickr

MN homeowner mistakes large tent for dead moose

They spotted two people on a security camera dragging the "moose" across a driveway.

Flickr - minneapolis police officer close-up belt camera - Tony Webster

What happens if Mpls. public safety question passes? City memo provides answers

The memo was sent to the mayor and council members Tuesday morning.

Wild

COVID-19 hits Minnesota Wild coaching staff

The Wild will be shorthanded for Tuesday night's game in Vancouver.

Anthony Edwards

Ant takes alpha role after bad loss: 'We need to lock the f*** in'

The Timberwolves' rising star was not happy after Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

parker eisinger

Lakeville football player diagnosed with cancer week before playoffs

The tenth-grader was diagnosed with a form of cancer most commonly found in people aged 65 and older.

University of Minnesota peeping tom suspect

Someone keeps trying to film showering women at U of M

The university has received three reports in the past two weeks.

john Fluevog shoes 1

John Fluevog Shoes closes its Uptown Minneapolis store

The brand could return to the Twin Cities one day.

sidecar drink

Sidecar — Town Hall's new cocktail lounge — is officially open in Minneapolis

It's the fifth Town Hall location, but the first to focus on cocktails.

Screen Shot 2019-07-18 at 9.10.30 AM

Here's where DFLers stand on Minneapolis' public safety ballot question

The question would create a Department of Public Safety and remove some requirements.

Arthur Kollie

Man pleads guilty to brutal murder of 14-year-old girl in Fargo

The 14-year-old girl was the victim of a random attack outside a Fargo strip mall.

Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates 2021 - jacob frey sheila nezhad kate knuth

Here's who has endorsed the frontrunners for Minneapolis mayor

Politicians and community groups are voicing their opinions.

Related

covid-19, coronavirus

MN hospitals diverting patients to combat capacity, staffing shortages

The situation is very dire, according to Minnesota healthcare leaders.

coronavirus, covid-19

Here's how many ICU beds are available around Minnesota

Critical care capacity is being pressed hard in eastern regions of Minnesota.

doctor, surgery, masks

Coronavirus: America's hospitals are running out of protective equipment

The CDC is even suggesting medical staff could use scarves to protect themselves as a last resort.

coronavirus, nurse

MN hospitals urge Gov. Tim Walz to mandate masks statewide

The MN Hospitals Association says there is a narrow window to slow the spread.

covid-19, coronavirus

Health officials: Minnesota hospitals experiencing a 'capacity crisis'

Malcolm called the current capacity crisis for pediatric cases "quite extraordinary."

Screen Shot 2020-11-12 at 8.11.34 AM

Minneapolis hospital featured on NBC 'Nightly News' COVID-19 report

The feature segment comes as Minnesota hospitals are being filled with COVID-19 patients.

covid

Staff shortages putting huge strain on MN hospitals as delta surges

Hospitals are under duress and preventable severe cases of COVID-19 aren't helping.