Bethesda hospital reaching capacity for COVID-19 patients

A hospital dedicated to only taking in patients with COVID-19 is reaching its capacity.

Now, officials with M Health Fairview say they’re preparing to expand operations beyond Bethesda Hospital.

Currently, about 60 of its 90 beds have patients with COVID-19.

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They’re expecting a surge in cases and are designating areas inside St. Joseph’s in St. Paul and Southdale Hospital in Edina.

"What you’re really doing is you’re taking a group of people with an infectious disease and putting them together in a unit to conserve personal protective equipment and to slow and stop the spread," M Health Fairview Jeoff Will said.

Both hospitals will continue operating emergency and mental health services.