Dr. Jason Huikko of Stevens Community Medical Center. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

While Governor Tim Walz has received some pushback in the past week from Republican lawmakers about his extension of the Stay-at-Home Executive Order to May 4, medical and public health officials remain supportive. Dr. Jason Huikko of Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris told the KMRS Community Connection that the stay-at-home order has shown some success in helping medical facilities prepare for any upcoming surge of COVID-19 patients.

“Our current efforts these past two weeks have pushed out our peak further into the summer, allowing us more time to build up our capacity to manage the surge of patients when that is to come,” said Huikko. “It also possibly has pushed down the need for ventilators in the ICU capacity as well.”

Huikko said there is still much uncertainty, so the more we can do at the early stages will help the community later.

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