Minnesota says resident in 50s is state’s 2nd COVID-19 case

March 9, 2020 GMT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota resident in their 50s is the state’s second confirmed case of COVID-19, health officials said Sunday.

The Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement that the case involves a Carver County resident who was likely exposed to the coronavirus while traveling in Europe in late February.

The patient developed symptoms on March 2, and sought health care Saturday. Samples were collected from the person and sent to the MDH Public Health Laboratory for testing. The test was found positive on Sunday.

The patient is in isolation at home and is recovering. MDH is working with Carver County Public Health and health care partners to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the infected person. Those people would be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.


On Friday, health officials said a Minnesota resident who had recently been on a cruise was the state’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.

Health officials said the case involves an older adult from Ramsey County who traveled recently on a cruise ship that carried another person with a known case. The Minnesotan developed symptoms Feb. 25 and first sought health care Thursday, officials said.

“While our public health workers are busy tracking down potentially exposed people and evaluating potential cases, the rest of us must do our part,” Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said in Sunday’s statement. “First and foremost that means staying home when you are sick. It also means covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently, and avoiding touching your face throughout the day.”

The virus has infected more than 100,000 people and killed more than 3,400 globally, although most people who have contracted the virus since December have now recovered.


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