ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- While much has been made about the stress that COVID-19 has placed on Minnesota hospitals, the state’s long-term care industry says it is facing its worst-ever workforce shortage.

Leaders from senior living organizations throughout the state say they have about 23,000 job openings. That is about 20 percent of the workforce at full strength.

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Leaders say resignations continue to outpace new hires at a time when there are more seniors in Minnesota than ever before. Reports say staffing shortages are leading to tighter admissions policies.

A survey shows that nearly 70 percent of nursing homes are restricting admissions in some way because they are short-staffed.

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