Health officials in Minnesota on Sunday appealed to people who have not been vaccinated to stop the spread of Govt-19, saying that nearly two years after the outbreak, doctors, nurses and others across the state are “overweight” and “heartbroken.”
A Open Letter to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Executives of nine major health care providers said their emergency rooms were overcrowded and their hospital beds were overcrowded.
“How does this happen in 2021 – almost two years since this deadly epidemic began?” They wrote. “When a simple shot prevents a life-threatening disease, how can we as a community watch people die? Access to your health care is severely threatened by Govt-19. Stop the spread!”
Patients suffering from cancer, stroke, intestinal inflammation and other treatable complications may not be able to receive care without delay due to the stress caused by the infection on their functions.
The letter encourages people to get vaccinated, encourage and take other basic precautionary measures.
The executives who signed the letter were North Memorial Health, CentraCare, Allina Health, Mayo Clinic, Hennepin Healthcare, Essence Health, Fairview Health Services, Children’s Minnesota and Health Partners.
According to the latest State Health Department data, Adult beds in the intensive care units at 57 hospitals in Minnesota – or 84 percent – are efficient. The percentage of hospitals with non-ICU beds for adults is 43 percent or 56.
According to Data collected by NBC News, Minnesota has the 18th highest vaccination rate in the country, with more than 64 percent of its population vaccinated.
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