MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Health officials confirmed Sunday the second presumptive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the infected person is a Carver County resident in their 50s who was likely exposed to COVID-19 while traveling in Europe late February.
The patient developed symptoms on March 2, and received care on March 7. Samples were sent to the MHD Public Health Laboratory and the test was found positive Sunday afternoon.
The patient remains in isolation. MDH says they are working to identify those in which the infected person has come in contact with, and will ask those to quarantine themselves for 14 days from the time of exposure. They will also be monitored for symptoms.
The virus that causes COVID-19 mainly spreads by respiratory droplets when an infected person sneezes or coughs. Also, it can be spread when people touch surfaces contaminated by an infected person and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth.
For more information about coronavirus, it can be found on MDH’s Coronavirus website.