FARGO — Sanford Health prepares to add 35 more beds to its hospital located on Broadway next week as part of the health network's surge plan to address hospital capacity issues.

Sanford's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Doug Griffin said they hired more than 150 traveling nurses, and are looking to bring in additional staff. He believes although holidays are right around the corner, the community can still prevent overloading area hospitals if action is taken now.

"It's not too late, if we all adhere to those things, to really bend that curve down, and take some strain off of us and the other hospitals," Griffin said.

Earlier this week, Governor Doug Burgum began allowing nurses with COVID-19 to return to work if needed. Griffin said they do not plan to do this yet.

"We appreciate the governor's willingness to be innovative, but at this point in time, we're not anticipating that we would do that," Griffin said.

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