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Flu fills hospital beds across SE Minnesota

(KTTC) -

For the past two weeks, state health officials have said influenza has been "widespread" across Minnesota.

Now we're hearing it's actually worse than that.

After mediated talks continued last Friday between Mayo Clinic and Albert Lea and Freeborn County officials, we got notes Wednesday from what was discussed from Albert Lea's public information officer.

Mayo officials disclosed that, quote, "flu cases have filled all of its hospital beds and all beds in this region."

Clinic leaders said this is stressing the health care system generally, creating some bottlenecks and rescheduling of routine and elective procedures as well as transfers to other facilities.

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