Mayo Clinic: 905 staff diagnosed with COVID in past 2 weeks

Pablo Tucker
November 20, 2020

"Across the Midwest, Mayo Clinic now has approximately 1,500 staff with work restrictions related to COVID-19 exposures, or are unable to work due to a COVID-19 diagnosis", Plumbo said in a statement.

Over the last 2 weeks, Mayo Clinic has had 905 staff members newly diagnosed with COVID-19, which shows how widely spread the virus is in the communities in the Midwest.

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.

Now that Iowa is in the path of COVID-19, its Governor Kim Reynolds has given in to her previous resistance to mandate mask by announcing an order that requires residents to wear them if they are inside.

"There are three things you need to take care of any patient", said Dr. Amy Williams, executive dean of Mayo Clinic's practice, in an update on Covid-19. "Our biggest concern is the staff".

"We want to emphasize that this study shows association, not causation of these conditions", said Nathan LeBrasseur, a researcher at Mayo's Kogod Center on Aging. "We don't want families to get sick". We do not want families to lose loved ones. The state's hospitals are under extreme pressure due to the surge of COVID-19 cases. "But it's a sacrifice that we need to make".


"We need your help and we need it now."

". William says there are now about 1500 Mayo Clinic employees in the midwest absent from work due to COVID reasons, which could include being infected, having a family member infected, caring for an ill family member, and having close contact with an infected person.

"While temporarily suspending the procedures we have chosen to release beds for COVID-19 patients, the public should understand that we continue to care for the care of other patients in addition to COVID patients - trauma, emergency care and the need for emergency treatment when caring for COVID patients". "The staff we care about the most".

In northwest Wisconsin, the Mayo Clinic Health System said last week that 100% of hospital beds were full.

She added that the system is expected to witness a jump in hospitalization rates during the next two to four weeks.

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

"All of our hospitals are really stretched", Williams said.

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

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