Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Olmsted County should find out soon if Rochester will become involved in a state effort to ensure there are enough hospital beds in SE Minnesota for an expected surge in COVID-19 patients.

Olmsted County Emergency Management Director Mike Bromberg tells KROC AM News officials involved in finding facilities that would be suitable for “alternate hospital sites” visited the Mayo Civic Center Tuesday.

Bromberg says the state prefers facilities with dormitory-style rooms rather than arenas.

The group also checked out dormitory buildings at Winona State University and the Minnesota State Academies for the Deaf and Blind site in Faribault.

Bromberg says the county could learn Friday if Rochester and the other sites will be considered.

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