ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) – State officials are preparing Minnesotans for what they predict will be another surge in COVID-19 cases, following what’s happened in some other states.

Epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann (AIRZ-man) says the state Health Department has started to see an increase in COVID cases related to bars and other establishments.

“We saw it in Mankato, we saw it in the Twin Cities, we’ll see it next in St. Cloud, and then in Duluth and then in Bemidji,” said Ehresmann. “The pattern completely followed.”

Ehresmann says it’s “extremely likely” that COVID hospitalizations and I-C-U cases will increase in the coming weeks.