Minnesota hospitals and clinics are feeling the pinch from a large number of serious cases of respiratory illness — including RSV, flu and lingering COVID — and Doctor Jill Amsberry at CentraCare in Saint Cloud says there are things everyone can do the ease the crunch:

“Staying home when you’re sick; keeping your kids home from school when they’re sick;  keeping them out of sports when they’re sick.”

Amsberry is urging everyone to get a flu shot and a COVID vaccine or booster.  She says mask-up while in public spaces, wash hands frequently and cover your cough — the same precautions many people took during the pandemic.