Coronavirus: U of M confirms one of MN’s COVID cases is a student

Minnesota now has 14 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
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The coronavirus pandemic has reached the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

On Friday, U of M President Joan Gabel announced that a student at the campus has tested positive for COVID-19. 

"While privacy laws protecting patient and student information limit what can be disclosed, I can share that the student is recovering in isolation off campus and is being monitored by health professionals," Gabel said in the statement. 

She adds that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is "working to notify a limited number of people who may have had close contact with the patient and is advising them on next steps." 

The announcement does not indicate how the student may have contracted the virus, or whether they have traveled outside the U.S. recently — as a number of Minnesota's COVID-19 patients have. 

Gabel also confirmed that the university is following MDH's advice to cancel large gatherings (of 250 people or more), and that it's encouraging "organizers of other University events and large meetings to consider alternative means of communication during this time."

Though the school is technically open (with dining and other student services still available), university system leadership has moved to all-online classes at five U of M campuses. 

As of Friday, the state now has 14 confirmed coronavirus cases, which means the total has nearly tripled since Wednesday. 

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