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First Case of Coronavirus Confirmed in Kanabec County

Minnesota health officials confirm case of novel coronavirus in Kanabec County

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has confirmed a case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a resident of Kanabec County in their 60’s. We are working with health officials from the MDH who has identified the individual to have contracted the virus through community exposure. MDH will be conducting contact tracing to identify who might have come in contact with this individual. People identified will be asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days from their exposure date and monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

Since the outbreak started in December 2019, more than 3,090,445 cases and 217,769 deaths have been reported worldwide. That includes 1,031,659 U.S. confirmed cases and 60,057 deaths and 5,730 cases in Minnesota, 371 deaths. In a majority of cases, COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover. Health officials recommend individuals and families make a plan in case someone gets sick.

Kanabec County was the last county in East Central Minnesota to record its first case. Pine County has 58 recorded cases, Chisago County has 12, and Isanti County has six.

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