‘More sick children than we can manage’: Hospital leaders discuss capacity crisis

Hospital systems across Minnesota are operating over capacity amid an unusual surge in severe respiratory illness among children.

Physicians with Allina Health, M Health Fairview, Hennepin Healthcare and others sounded the alarm at a press conference Monday, urging Minnesotans to wear masks, stay home when sick and take further steps to slow the spread of viruses as the holidays approach.

Dr. Robert Sicoli, assistant medical director for emergency services at Children’s Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul, said both the timing and severity of this year’s RSV surge, which began in late September, are unusual.

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