In some ways, life might feel like it’s getting back to normal. Many have enjoyed barbeques, pool parties, and gatherings with loved ones this summer. However, we’re not out of the woods yet.
The Delta variant is pushing up cases across the country. This variant is significantly more infectious than the original strain of COVID-19. And, at this time, it is the dominant strain circulating in Minnesota. Delta is a real threat and the risk to unvaccinated and unprotected people is high.
In the last 2 weeks, Minnesota has seen a 150% increase in COVID hospitalizations. At the same time, we continue to have a very high patient census in hospitals across the state, in all levels of care. This presents challenges when it comes to accommodating an increase in patient volume.
Please, we urge you, get your COVID-19 vaccine if you are eligible. Now is the time. Help us prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and keep beds available for those who need them. You can make a difference as we reach yet another critical point in the pandemic.