Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Update, prepares for after Thanksgiving surge

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Update, prepares for after Thanksgiving surge

Updated: November 24, 2020 06:17 PM
Created: November 24, 2020 04:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) - As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to surge in the Midwest, Mayo Clinic is already preparing for an expected surge after Thanksgiving..

Right now, officials say testing volumes remain high, but over the weekend went from 5,600 on Friday to 3,220 on Sunday, and today rising again to 3,564. 

Positivity rates are seeing some slight improvements with Rochester below 10% and the other sites below 20%, except in SWWI where the % positivity jumped from around 19 to 26%. 

“Although we're still very high, three times the number of tests that we used to have back in the summer, we also are seeing a glimmer of hope in our positivity rates in the different regions,” Amy Williams, Executive Dean of Mayo Clinic Practice said.

As far as the capacity available in hospitals go, Williams said that capacity is about three things: staffing, space, and supplies.

"In Rochester we have expanded our ICU's and we have expanded our general care beds so that we can care for patients across our system who need ICU care and general care whether they have COVID or not," said Williams.

"By decreasing huge gatherings, by staying masked, by staying away from each other or social distancing, you are saving our communities and possibly those in your family from getting covid-19 and for some having bad outcomes," Williams said.

Mayo Clinic staff are being infected mostly due to community spread (93% of staff infections), and this impacts the ability to care for patients. 

Across the Midwest, Mayo Clinic currently has 1,433 staff with work restrictions related to COVID-19 exposures, or are unable to work due to a COVID-19 diagnosis.

The number of staff who are out in the Midwest (1,433) represents 2.6% of our 55,000 staff in the Midwest, and is slightly lower than last week when they had a total of 1,500 Midwest staff out (2.8% of 55K Midwest staff). 

845 additional staff have been mobilized from Arizona and Florida so they are where they’re needed most to care for patients to help get through this surge. 

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