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Mayo COVID-19 ICU beds are full, clinic working to expand capacity

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- In a media briefing Tuesday afternoon, Mayo Clinic officials said all 32 of its COVID-19 designated medical intensive care beds are full.

"Our hospital censuses continue to increase and that's a reflection of the spread in the community and the positivity here we're seeing in the Midwest," said Mayo Clinic Practice Executive Director Dr. Amy Williams.

Mayo is working on adding more capacity.

"In fact, we are right now putting up 12 to 13 more ICU beds in order to care for the patients that we know will be coming to our doors in the next couple of weeks," said Williams.

She says the rise in infection rates is putting a huge burden on the entire hospital system in the region.

"The bottom line is, our hospitals are busy, our health care workers are very busy, and we know much more now than we did in the spring about how to care for COVID patients, but we're still seeing a spread in our communities," Williams said.

A previous version of this story did not specify the capacity was for Mayo's COVID-19 designated beds.

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