North Memorial Health Adds Refrigerated Truck As COVID-19 Deaths Climb
North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale has brought in a refrigerated truck to increase its morgue capacity. Officials at the hospital say the truck is badly needed as deaths from COVID-19 continue to climb.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, less than 1 percent of ICU beds and non-ICU beds in the metro were available Monday.
North Memorial Health Statement
North Memorial Health provided the following statement to CCX News:
North Memorial Health has brought in a refrigerator truck to help extend our hospital morgue capacity, as our current reality calls for this assistance. As was detailed in a recent Star Tribune story and a published letter from the nine largest health systems in the state, our health systems have been operating at capacity for many weeks. We encourage Minnesotans to take preventative measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, including the new omicron variant. This includes reducing social gatherings, wearing a mask in all public places and vaccination including a booster dose.”
Minnesota Department of Health officials are encouraging people to get tested and vaccinated before holiday gatherings.