State officials say Minnesota’s health system is the most-hard pressed since the start of the pandemic, because of a surge in COVID cases but also other illnesses.    Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says the omicron variant is much more transmissible — and so…

“While the average case of omicron might be less severe… and less likely proportionately to lead to hospitalization, it’s gonna cause a lot more cases overall and we will see a lot more people needing treatment at the same time.”

Malcolm says officials are “concerned about these next few weeks.”