Minnesota reports third case of coronavirus; patient critical

Published 6:11 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2020

ST. PAUL — Minnesota health officials report the state’s third case of coronavirus and say the patient is in critical condition.

The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday said the patient is an Anoka County resident in their 30s who was likely exposed through contact with international travelers. Officials don’t think the person was exposed to the new coronavirus in Minnesota.

Officials said the patient developed symptoms on Feb. 28 and sought health care on Monday. Samples were sent to the MDH Public Health Laboratory for testing on Monday and was found positive Tuesday. Health officials are working to identify anyone who came in contact with the infected person.

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Earlier Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz signed a swiftly passed $21 million bill to bolster the state’s ability to manage the global coronavirus outbreak.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. 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.