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Mayo Clinic claims it is ready for an influx of COVID-19 patients in Rochester

Mayo Clinic claims it is ready for an influx of COVID-19 patients in Rochester Photo: MGNonline.

KAAL-TV
Updated: April 01, 2020 03:36 AM
Created: March 31, 2020 08:55 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Mayo Clinic officials claim they are as prepared as any organization can be to care for patients during this pandemic, but they have not yet revealed specific details about equipment or space available at their local locations.

President Donald Trump is now asking Vice President Mike Pence to get a daily total of ventilators and intensive care beds available at hospitals nationwide. He says this will help plan the national attack on the coronavirus and assist FEMA in getting supplies and staff to areas where it is needed the most. New York City officials are, right now, asking for more equipment and even for medical professionals from around the country to come to New York City and help.

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ABC 6 News asked officials at Mayo Clinic if they will be reporting local numbers of ventilators and ICU availability to the administration.  Mayo spokeswoman Traci Klein said the clinic is "moving from conventional care, through the spectrum to contingency care, and even crisis care if needed."  Klein did not provide specific numbers of ventilators available at Mayor facilities in southeastern Minnesota or provide the number of available ICU beds.  

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has ordered the postponement of all non-emergency hospital and clinic procedures in order to free up more protective gear and personnel in case they are needed to treat COVID-19 patients. 

Klein says, Mayo administrators are doing extensive evaluations at all of their locations "to identify each work unit's core functions as well as staff, space, and supplies needed to carry out those functions".  She also said if Mayo encounters difficulties in meeting patient needs like is happening in some other cities, Mayo leaders will modify their approach and reallocate resources to meet the needs.


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