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"If you don't know somebody who has COVID-19, you're going to very soon"

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For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Minnesota is showing up as a hotspot.

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, we're hearing about hospitals being overwhelmed with patients and no beds available.

But eight months into COVID-19, people aren't applauding health care workers anymore.  In fact, in some places like the one ER nurse Jodi Doering wrote about in her home state of South Dakota, patients are furious with doctors and nurses and die insisting that coronavirus isn't real.

Everyone is sick and tired of something: students are sick of virtual learning, kids are tired of being isolated from their classmates, people are sick of avoiding restaurants and bars and sporting events and wearing masks ... and health care workers all across the country are just sick and tired of double and triple shifts, living in fear of infecting family members, or getting sick themselves, because if they're gone, who will take care of the rest of us?

Resources:

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus Disease page

MN Department of Health's COVID-19 page

Minnesota COVID-19 Response: Dial Back Dashboard

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