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First Case of COVID-19 confirmed in Itasca County

Updated: March 30, 2020 08:21 PM

The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 in Itasca County.

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According to the County, the individual is in their 60's.

“At this point, there has been no request for the County to provide any essential services to this person. The Minnesota Department of Health will conduct contact investigations and make recommendations to those individuals based on their interviews,” Kelly Chandler, Itasca County Public Health Division Manager said.

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 and death.

“If you have mild symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, please stay home and self-quarantine. If your symptoms get worse, please contact your health care provider for further guidance, which may include staying home and self-monitoring, a virtual visit or an in-person visit,” Dr. Dan Soular, Family Medicine Physician and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital said. 

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