State health officials say there was just one staffed intensive care unit bed remained available in the central Minnesota region.  

As of last Thursday, officials say out of 102 adult ICU beds at central Minnesota hospitals 101 were occupied, and nearly half contained a COVID-19 patient.  Officials that 1,232 ICU beds were occupied between both COVID and non-COVID patients than at any point since the pandemic began.  In the central region, the current figure was just one bed shy of the high point of 102 recorded back on Nov. 18, 2020.

Among non-ICU adult beds, officials say 35 of a total 769 in central Minnesota were open.

A surge in cases and staff shortages are making the situation critical.