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M Health Fairview medical assistants in Minnesota assisting testing for COVID-19. Photo: Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Three western counties in Minnesota are examining whether to transform a vacant prison facility into a medical center to treat coronavirus patients, AP reports.

The big picture: Every part of the U.S. is at risk for a severe shortage of hospital beds as the coronavirus pandemic worsens, according to several academic and scientific models. Prison owner CoreCivic said it would provide the facility free of charge for the state, which has less than 150 cases.

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Beware a Thanksgiving mirage

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Don't be surprised if COVID metrics plunge over the next few days, only to spike next week.

Why it matters: The COVID Tracking Project warns of a "double-weekend pattern" on Thanksgiving — where the usual weekend backlog of data is tacked on to a holiday.

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.