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First case of COVID-19, or coronavirus confirmed in southeastern Minnesota

The first case of COVID-19, or the coronavirus in southeastern Minnesota has been confirmed in Rochester in Olmsted County.  Graham Briggs, Director of Olmsted County Public Health Services spoke about the case at a news conference Wednesday…

Briggs stated that health officials with Olmsted County have been ready for situations such as this for some time…

Briggs added that he thinks the powers-that-be are ready to respond to the situation…

Briggs stated that the individual is in their 50s and is currently recovering at home. Briggs went on to state that the patient is expected to recover.  Briggs added that Public Health is working with the Minnesota Department of Health to see who the patient has been in contact with, but he indicated that there is no evidence of transmission locally at this time.  The Minnesota Department of Health reported Wednesday that there are now five confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state.  

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