2nd case of coronavirus confirmed in Minnesota

The patient is recovering at home in Carver County.
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A second confirmed case of coronavirus has been found in Minnesota. 

The Minnesota Department of Health announced Sunday that the second presumptive case of COVID-19 was found in a Carver County resident. The patient is in their 50s and was "likely" exposed to the novel coronavirus while in Amsterdam in late February. 

The patient developed symptoms March 2 and went to the doctor March 7, with test results coming back positive late Sunday afternoon. 

"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," the MDH said. 

"These people will be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure and will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms."

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It is unclear how many people the patient may have been in contact with since coming down with the virus, but all those identified will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The first COVID-19 case in Minnesota was announced Friday in Ramsey County, with that patient believed to have had little presence outside of their home since falling ill. 

“While our public health workers are busy tracking down potentially exposed people and evaluating potential cases, the rest of us must do our part,” MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm said. 

“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.”

There have been more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., including 21 deaths. Worldwide, there are nearly 108,000 cases and more than 3,600 deaths. 

Information about the coronavirus can be found on the MDH website, and anyone with questions can call a public hotline beginning Monday at 8 a.m. at 651-201-3920. The hotline is open daily from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. 

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