COVID-19 cases straining rural clinics, hospitals, staffs

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

“It is still COVID, COVID everywhere,” Dr. Cindy Firkins Smith, vice president of rural health at Carris Health, told the Swift County Health Services Governing Board Monday night.

There were 104 COVID-19 positive patients throughout CentraCare’s system Monday morning. “That is a huge number,” she said. SCBHS is affiliated with CentraCare and its Carris facility in Willmar.

While the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Minnesota is decreasing, it is a trend yet to be felt in much of rural Minnesota, she said. “The patients we have in our hospitals are really critically ill and they are spending a long time in the hospital...”

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