Updated: December 08, 2020 06:20 PM
Created: December 08, 2020 05:53 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Tuesday, as part of update on the current situation at Mayo Clinic, leaders say its more important than ever you don't let your guard down even as we are getting closer to a vaccine.
Mayo also announcing it has resumed elective surgeries again, but are limited. Only elective care without the need of an ICU bed is resuming.
Currently, the clinic has 181 patients with COVID-19 in its Midwest hospitals, down from 217 yesterday and 300 last week.
Locally in Rochester, 83 (87 yesterday) patients are hospitalized with COVID-19, including 21 in the ICU. In southeast Minnesota, there are 17 patients, including 4 in the ICU.
As of Sunday, the number of positive COVID-19 tests at Mayo Clinic's locations across the Midwest continued to decline to 305 positive tests. But on Monday there was an increase to 381, demonstrating that COVID is still active in our communities.
The clinic says with a vaccine on the way, it to has a plan in place.
"We have identified throughout our system in the Midwest and in Arizona and Florida where we are going to distribute the vaccine, what staff will be distributing it, and we will be abiding by the state rules as far as the tear of individuals who will be getting the vaccine," says Dr. Amy Williams, Executive Dean of Mayo Clinic Practice.
Across the Midwest, Mayo says staff absences continue to decline, but they remain a concern to keep communities to be safe.
Mayo Clinic has 676 staff members with work restrictions related to COVID-19 exposures. An additional 418 staff members are unable to work due to a COVID-19 diagnosis. Totaling 1,094 people and equates to 2% of 55,000 staff in the Midwest with restrictions related to COVID-19 exposures or unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnosis.
The number of COVID-19 patients discharged from our Midwest hospitals to date is 3,722. Of note, Mayo says they have seen little to no influenza so far and say it's due to social distancing, hand hygiene and masking.
Copyright 2020 - KAAL-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company