MinnPost: Amid a statewide coronavirus surge, central Minnesota has been hit especially hard

EXCERPT: “Coronavirus cases and deaths have spiked widely across Greater Minnesota in October and November, but one area has been hit particularly hard. Since the start of October, disease transmission has sharply escalated in central Minnesota — specifically Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Mille Lacs counties — making their outbreaks among the worst in the state and straining the area’s hospitals. Dr. George Morris, incident command physician for CentraCare, which serves St. Cloud and much of the region, said his system has more than four times the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients than it did during a May peak. And roughly 10 percent of CentraCare’s staff is out because they have COVID-19, were exposed to the disease or are caring for a sick family member.” FULL STORY: https://fluence-media.co/3q5ISKC