The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting that there have been five positive cases of COVID-19 in the state as of Wednesday. The first case of novel coronavirus occurred just five days ago, according to the Department of Health.

More than 200 patients have been tested since January 20.

Health officials around the world are monitoring the situation carefully and working hard to learn more about the virus. Minnesota Department of Health officials are in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as other local and national partners to share information.

Minnesota has a strong disease surveillance system in place that includes partnerships with hospital and clinic systems as well as local health departments. Finding cases quickly and responding to them effectively is key. That rapid response helps ensure that the ill person receives the care they need and it lessens the chance of other people getting sick.

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