State health officials have identified two respiratory illness cases in Minnesota that might be coronavirus and are waiting for test results from the Centers for Disease Control (C-D-C). State epidemiologist, Doctor Ruth Lynfield says those individuals recently traveled to Wuhan, China. But she says as far as risk to the general public, “We are not Wuhan. We do not have this virus circulating in our community. So right now, risk is for people who have traveled to an area where the virus is circulating.”
Lynfield says the two individuals are in home isolation and officials will do further follow up with people they’ve have contact with, if those cases are confirmed to be coronavirus. Health officials say they don’t yet know how easily coronavirus is spread — but that it’s certainly not as transmittable as measles.