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Minnesota House employee confirmed to have COVID-19

The lawmaker in question hasn't been identified.

An employee at the Minnesota House of Representatives has a presumed case of coronavirus, the House confirmed on Wednesday.

The individual has not been identified due to health privacy and HR policies, but House Speaker Melissa Hortman said the discovery was made on Wednesday. It's not been said whether they are a staffer or alawmaker.

The House met earlier this week to pass emergency bills to provide funding for Minnesota's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, though members employed social distancing practices to minimize contact with others.

In a memo sent to house members, the House Director of HR said that other employees working at the State Office Building and Capitol may have been exposed.

"We have been notified that someone who works for the House has been confirmed to have a presumptive case of COVID-19," she wrote. "It is possible that employees working at the State Office Building and the Capitol may have been exposed.

"While we understand your interest in knowing as many details as possible, we cannot share nor discuss individual personal health information. We also ask that you refrain from discussing your colleagues' personal health information with others. If you have been identified as having contact with this individual within the MDH social distancing guidelines, you will be contacted directly by HR."

Hortman said: "The Minnesota House of Representatives is continuing to follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health to keep legislators, staff, and the public safe as we do our work to respond to this pandemic."

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