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UPDATE: 1st Olmsted County COVID-19 patient was treated at Mayo Clinic

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UPDATE 7 p.m.: Olmsted County Public Health Director Graham Briggs says once someone is placed on 'self-quarantine' they receive help.

"If they need groceries, they need food as long as we are considering them infectious we need to make sure that person has everything they need at home," Briggs said.

Local hospitals also reporting an increasing number of people getting tested and Briggs said they are looking at ways to take the strain off of emergency departments. "We are working on building capacity in the community so that we can get people that need testing..tested."

While officials say it is likely to see local transmission, the people in that 'Higher Risk Group," as defined by the C-D-C need to be start preparing if recommendation to stay home come out.

UPDATE 2 p.m.: Olmsted County Public Health has confirmed that the first patient who tested positive for COVID-19 in the county was treated at Mayo Clinic.

The patient came into Mayo Clinic St. Marys late Tuesday night, seeking testing. Results came in the same night from Minnesota Department of Health laboratory, with a positive result.

According to Director of Olmsted County Public Health Graham Briggs, the individual is in their 50s and is currently recovering at home. Briggs said the patient is expected to be okay.

Briggs said the patient traveled outside of the United States to an area that is known to have an outbreak of COVID-19. Olmsted County Public Health does not believe the patient was infected in Rochester.

Briggs added that Public Health is working with the Minnesota Department of Health to see who the patient has been in contact with. But there is no evidence of transmission locally at this time, he said.

"We're likely to see transmission here at some point," he added.

Briggs said he would like to remind residents that 80 percent of people who are infected will have mild symptoms.

"This is not a situation to panic," Briggs said. "We are ready for this. We've been preparing for it actually for many years now."

Briggs also said Public Health is not recommending any changes for residents or businesses at this time.


(KTTC) -- Health officials have confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Olmsted County.

According to an announcement from Olmsted County Public Health Services, there will be a news conference on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Olmsted County Board Chambers.

The Minnesota Department of Health is currently is listing five positive cases of coronavirus in the state.

According to the announcement, Graham Briggs, Director of Olmsted County Public Health Services will announce the first COVID-19 case in an Olmsted County resident at the news conference.


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