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First coronavirus case confirmed in Minnesota from person who traveled on cruise with COVID-19

By: - March 6, 2020 3:23 pm

Minnesota health officials on Friday announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. 

The patient is an older adult resident of Ramsey County who recently traveled on a cruise ship with a known case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The individual began experiencing symptoms on Feb. 25 and sought medical care on Thursday. 

The Minnesota Department of Health tested samples collected from the person on Friday and is awaiting a confirmatory test from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The individual is currently in isolation at home and recovering, according to a news release. 

State health officials are now working to identify and reach all people who may have come into contact with the patient. 

DFL Gov. Tim Walz will hold a media briefing Friday at 4 p.m.


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Ricardo Lopez
Ricardo Lopez

Ricardo Lopez is the senior political reporter for the Reformer. Ricardo is not new to Minnesota politics, previously reporting on the Dayton administration and statehouse for The Star Tribune from 2014 to 2017, and the Republican National Convention in 2016. Previously, he was a staff writer at The Los Angeles Times covering the California economy. He's a Las Vegas native who has adopted Minnesota as his home state. In his spare time, he likes to run, cook and volunteer with Save-a-Bull, a Minneapolis dog rescue group.