Nurses and doctors share that the pandemic is 'worse now than it's been,' Gov. Walz says

Governor Walz with active military members assisting Hennepin Healthcare.
Governor Walz with active military members assisting Hennepin Healthcare. Photo credit Susie Jones / Audacy

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz spent his afternoon at the Hennepin County Medical Center meeting with active military members who will help relieve doctors and nurses as they treat COVID-19 and other patients.

Walz toured the emergency room, where he spoke with the healthcare providers he says are under extreme pressure.

"I asked point-blank, 'you've been at this for 20 months, how does it feel now?'" Walz said. "Without a doubt, every one of them said 'it's worse now than it's been. It's harder on us now than it's been.'"

Walz also shared that healthcare workers told him patients seem to be sicker now than they have been throughout the pandemic.

In more than a century of being open, CEO Jennifer DeCuBellis shared that it's the worse it's ever been. She stressed the need for Minnesotans to understand the toll of the virus on emergency services.