Minnesota secures alternate care site to address hospital capacity concerns

Governor Walz and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) signed a lease agreement last week for an alternate care site at Presbyterian Homes-Langton Place in Roseville. This setting can be used if hospitals need to make space for critical care to provide low-level medical care or monitoring. This site will not be designed as a COVID-19 treatment facility or to provide walk-up medical care.

As cases continue to climb in Minnesota, identifying potential alternate care sites is a critical part of the statewide strategy to ensure our health care system is prepared for the surge. While capacity within hospitals will continue to be used first, hospitals will work with patients to identify those who could be safely transferred to an alternate care site to continue their treatment if more space is needed.

The State Healthcare Coordination Center and SEOC continue to assess regionally specific needs throughout the state and have identified several other sites that could be quickly converted into alternate care sites. Data on hospital capacity can be found on the COVID-19 Response and Preparation Capacity Dashboard.